Greatest light-heavyweight era: 1940s or 1977-83?

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Which era was greater?

  1. 1940s

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  2. Late 70s/early 80s

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  3. Neither - there was a better era than both

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  1. Jel

    Jel Well-Known Member Full Member

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    To my mind the two top eras in the light-heavyweight division's history. But which was greater?

    Or do you consider another time period to be the equal of these two?
     
  2. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft The Cincinnati Cobra Full Member

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    For me it goes

    40/50s > 10/20s > 70/80s

    These are clearly the top 3 tho imo, with great talent coming out of all 3.
    The clear top dogs of the division came out of these eras, with Charles, Tunney, Moore and Spinks.
     
  3. Jel

    Jel Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Thanks George. I had a feeling you might post first on this one!
     
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  4. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft The Cincinnati Cobra Full Member

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    I'm having a look at some other deep eras for LHWs, since 2000 it's been consistently very good.

    Rosenbloom also had a very deep era.

    If you want to have a look at a great fighter, not really so much have a great era but an excellent fighter, I'd say Philadelphia Jack O'Brian.

    I'm hoping to create a thread/article on the light heavyweight lineage.
     
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  5. TheEliteMaster100

    TheEliteMaster100 New Member Full Member

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    Quite easily the 70's/early 80's.

    Champions such as;
    Mike Rossman
    Dwight Muhammad Qawi
    Eddie Mustafa Muhammad
    Matthew Saad Muhammad
    Victor Galindez
    Mate Parlov
    John Conteh
    Marvin Johnson
    Spinks

    Contenders such as;
    Pierre Fouire
    Richie Kates
    Jesse Burnett
    Yaqui Lopez
    James Scott (Rahway Prisoner)
    Davies Brothers (Eddie and Johnny Davis)
    Jerry Martin
    Murray Sutherland

    175lbs golden age.
    Contrasting styles between action fighters, couterpunchers (Galindez), Jab masters (Conteh), etc..

    They also fought against each other.
     
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  6. Jel

    Jel Well-Known Member Full Member

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    You're right, it was a fantastic era. And in terms of depth, I think it takes some beating.
     
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    robert ungurean Богдан Full Member

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    Late 70's early 80's
     
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  8. red cobra

    red cobra Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Ditto...the mid 70's to early 80's.
     
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  9. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I have to go with the late 70s/early 80s division.

    So stacked. And I’m probably biased because I watched it all unfold, but there’s never been a deeper top 10 in my lifetime than around 79-80 ish.
     
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  10. Abysmal Brute1981

    Abysmal Brute1981 New Member Full Member

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    1914-1930 was the greatest era of light-heavyweight action. Not only those who were world chams but contenders and American and European champs. Greb, Tunney, etc. From Dillon the giant killer to Rosenpoop the sleep inducer, there has never been a greater collection of great fighters.
     
  11. Rope-a-Dope

    Rope-a-Dope Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Late 70s, and I'm so glad I got to see it all happen in real time.
     
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    that of course is the main point, rising to the Top - EARNED!
     
  13. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft The Cincinnati Cobra Full Member

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    Whilst it was an unbelievable division, it's not easily better than 40/50s LHW era, nothing is.
    Does it compare to a list like this?
    Champs like:
    Archie Moore
    Joey Maxim
    Harold Johnson
    Gus Lesnevich
    Willie Pastrano
    Freddie Mills

    Contenders like:
    Ezzard Charles
    Lloyd Marshall
    Jimmy Bivins
    Bob Satterfield
    Oakland Billy Smith
    Curtis Sheppard
    Alabama Kid
    Bob Murphy
    Ken Overlin
    Bert Lytell


    With 4 ATGs imo at the weight in Marshal, Charles, Moore and Bivins, with Maxim and Johnson also having a good case for it too.

    And on top of that there's guys like Jersey Joe Walcott, Charlie Burley, Randolph Turpin, Floyd Patterson and Jake LaMotta also competed here, without making a career of it.

    Not imo, tbh I think it's in the conversation of best era of all time pfp.
     
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