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Old 03-20-2009, 04:48 PM   #16
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I think some of Louis's best victories came early in his career while others came very late. In his younger years he beat,

1. Schmeling
2. M. Baer
3. Braddock
4. Sharkey
5. Carnera

In his later years he beat,

Joe Walcott 2x

That's a pretty damn good list consisiting of 6 past, present or future heavyweight champs, all of whom were at least close to prime.

The middle of his reign doesn't impress me much. Here is where we saw the ropers, Dorazio's, Paychecks, McCoys, Godoy's, etc. His wins over Abe Simon, Buddy Baer, and Lou Nova weren't bad though. Overall, I'd say his top tier is as good as anyone's except for perhaps Ali.
Sharkey was finished he had retired and come back for a pay day.
Wins over M Baer ,and Schmeling are very impressive.
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Old 03-20-2009, 05:34 PM   #17
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Sharkey was finished he had retired and come back for a pay day.
He was but it was still a bold fight to take coming straight off a devastating loss to Schmeling.
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Old 03-20-2009, 06:24 PM   #18
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Louis himself singled out Billy Conn as his best opponent. ("Billy Conn had it all.")
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:56 PM   #19
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I do however disagree with you that walcott-louis I was close. this was just as bad as holyfield-lewis I. It wasn't. Louis did not do anything to win rounds outside of round 9, walcott won most of the rounds by knocking down the champ, outboxing him, outmanuevering and outsmarting him. Walcott even outjabbed the champ. Going into the 15th round, walcotts corner told him to stay away because he had already won 10 clear rounds. John Garfield was live Ringside at the fight, so his opinion holds alot of weight here....he claimed walcott defintley won that it was one of the worst decisions ever.
I'm not going to disagree with you with any ferocity here. What I will say is that i have the same highlights as you and i'm not ready to kick the Louis claim out on that based upon these. 1-3 is the split in favour of the ringside writers in favour of Walcott - the opposite is true of the judges. I understand what you are saying but I can't hand it to Walcott. I suspend it, kind off, and hand the duel to Louis based on the second fight.
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Old 03-21-2009, 08:07 AM   #20
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Always felt Walcott was the best fighter he beat followed by Schmeling.
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