Originally Posted by Mendoza
Maybe LaStarza could have beaten the Hart's, Braddock's, Spinks, and Briggs of boxing. In fact, I think he has a very good chance to beat all four names I mentioned.
I think LaStarza would be a contender up to the 1960's, but I can't see him as a top contender from Ali to present. Roland was a good boxer, he just wasn't a puncher or super defensive.
I agree with most of what you stated here, but I also find it interesting how you mentioned that he wasn't super defensive. I say this because I read that Roland Lastarza was actually viewed as one of the greatest defensive heavyweights of all time, or at least up to that point in history.