Originally Posted by Senya13
People tend to mis-read (and thus mis-quote) what I say.
His way to the top was a disgrace, not him capturing the title against Frazier.
According to Boxing Register, from 1969 to 1972 he only faced 2 ranked opponents, George Chuvalo and Gregorio Peralta. Same as in his second career, he only faced two ranked opponents to get a title shot against Moorer, and he lost both fights (Holyfield and Morrison).
Re: His first title: two ranked opponents and what he did to them (TKOs), combined with his impressive devastating undefeated record (37-0-0) and his Olympic gold was on a par with Ali (19-0-0) when he got a shot at Liston.
Besides, when given the chance against Joe, he proved convincingly that he was a worthy contender.
And re: his second title: The fact that he was in there at all at his age was miraculous in itself,.