As undefeated and as fresh as Tucker was, he should really have only been rated #16 in the rankings based on who Tucker had actually beaten. All Tubbs ever did was beat Bonecrusher on points right after James came off a loss to Larry. Marvis Frazier beat Bonecrusher on points too. And that got Tubbs a shot at Page, a spent force and lousy title holder himself who won the title after coming off a loss to David Bey. Tubbs then lost straight to Witherspoon. That’s it. Basically Tubbs record shows was only as good as a guy Larry Holmes stopped in one of his last title fights. And went the distance with another guy Larry stopped. So When was Tubbs good? The problem was the ratings of this era were littered with inexperienced guys who could win a belt from another inexperienced guy who had just won a belt, and the losers would remain in the ratings too. Nobody really climbed the ranks beating a rated guy who was winning. So It was harder for new guys like Ferguson, Tucker, Biggs, Douglas to break into a ranking from fighting each other because you only seemed to get rated from beating some sap who just lost a belt or lost a challenge to Holmes. So many of them were in the same stable. So many were not particularly active. It was a roadblock. And lacking substance. You were not seeing many 50-50 match ups between contenders and the division suffered horribly for that. A cycle of crowning a guy before he made his bones. Then along comes Tyson. The TV stations loved him. The governing bodies loved him. The promoters loved him. And together they joined forces and paved a way through the roadblock for Mike Tyson. He was kept active. He was always matched to win. There is a lot of truth in this too. For all I can criticise the 1980s division Tyson still took care of business. He absolutely did. But he also had more stacked in his favour than any other champion in history.