Originally Posted by Duodenum
True. I was kind of surprised you did. As great as Archie was, his 0-3 record against Charles, with their final match the most conclusive, is deadly to his all time standing. (That eighth round knockout was also Ezz's last win before Baroudi, very possibly his peak performance.) Among old timers, Gans and Benny Leonard would have been much stronger selections than the Mongoose.
G, I suspect those 'other' choices are with respect to more recent competitors. Ali is the most recent name on your list. Many would prefer Duran or SRL in his place, but the surprising number of votes for Muhammad validate your inclusion of him in your poll. So, you missed with Moore but nailed an unexpected (to many) strike with Ali.
thanks for your feedback. i thought about including duran, but i really didn't want this to just be a popularity contest, so i tried to include fighters who would not only attract votes but for whom a real case could be made for the number one slot.
duran is one of my favourite fighters to watch, and i'd have him in a top ten. but come on, how could you argue that he's the greatest of all time? what did he do that no one else did? as far as i was concerned, moore's longevity and ko record were unique achievements that i thought at least someone would vote for.
i essentially looked at my top ten, took out duran, benny leonard and ross, and put in ali and moore. now i'm thinking i maybe should have included joe louis (title defences) or benny leonard (dominated a truly great
era) instead though. have no regrets about leaving out duran.