Originally Posted by MrMarvel
I don't know why you say bul****. Damn straight Charles gave Marciano a hell of a fight. Just imagine if Marciano had met Charles in Ezzard's prime! That was my point. Charles was not the same fighter when he faced Marciano.
Marciano and Charles were in different classes. Charles was the transcendent fighter. Marciano was a product of a notch in time.
I call "bull****" because Ezzard Charles does not get much better than this.
Lazy terms like "Past Best or Prime" gets thrown around way to loosely while actual anaylsis is completely disregarded. Charles lost to the ingenius Walcott after giving him one too many fights, was possibly robbed in their 4th meeting, and as result shut out of the Championship scene as long as Jersey Joe was on top. Nobody wanted a fifth match between the two. However, he was very motivated by the chance to meet Marciano and took apart two top contenders to earn his number one contendership as the inconsistent Valdez fumbled down the rankings. Most writers at the time observed Charles looked as great as he ever did in the first Marciano meeting. Its only now that we have boxrec armchair experts claiming Marciano beat a Charles who was past it, shot, or whatever. Charles was quick as ever and executed his gameplan to stay off the ropes and counter to perfection...just not enough to fend off Rocky for 15 rounds.