Originally Posted by hotti_killer
Half of those guys are hall of fame from fighitng at light heavyweight not heavyweight, so i don't really count that as a heavyweight fighter of the time. The light heavyweight division at the time was one of the best ever, and joe louis was not really anywhere near his best even by 1950. Also half these fighter's lost to poor competion in many of there fight's this doesn't make them bad fighter's but i don't rate them as highly as heavyweight contender's as you do.
More than half of them (7) were heavyweight champions. Three defeated heavyweight champions (Bivins, Maxim, Johnson), all but Johnson were rated at least #3 contender at heavyweight and Johnson should have been as he defeated five #1 contenders over the years, including Machen in the sixties. You are playing ducks and drakes with the divisions. After all, in the last twenty years Spinks, Jones, and Toney have moved up from lightheavy to fight successfully in the superheavyweight class, let alone the old heavyweight division.
And by the way, don't fighters move up from the lightheavies to the cruisers today. You are talking about a man who is fighting at cruiser, not superheavyweight.