For the umpteenth time: Ring magazine ratings were unofficial and have absolutely ZERO bearing on who should have fought who and more importantly Ring ANNUAL ratings are even less reliable because they are nothing more than a snapshot of that moment and in time of Rings opinion. Frankly, if you want to nitpick using your criteria you can see that Robinson had just moved into the WW class just prior to these rankings posted in 1941 by beating the guy who at that time was the number one contender in 2 successive fights. Oh and he wasnt champion unlike Dempsey so he had no responsibility beyond getting the fights needed to attain the highest rating possible which he did. Just before your 1942 rankings were released Robinson defeated Izzy Jannazzo twice in successive fights. Janazzo has beaten Cocao Kid twice in the preceding two years and was 1-1-1 with Holman Williams. “But, but, but... deflect deflect deflect” For your 49 rankings Robinson was the welterweight champ and thats where his only responsibility lay. Its notable that he had already defeated the mw champ and within a year of this ranking would have defeated the #3 and #5 ranked MWs while also defeating the #1,#2, #3, and #7 ww contenders (from this ranking). So he was fighting guys in both divisions that he was either obligated over Towne or rated higher than him. The same as above can be stated for 1950. You can make a case that Robinson should have defended against Sands if you dont understand the logistics of Sands living on the other side of the world and the fallout from Robinson-Turpin. But in reality based on your ratings Sands was only knocking on that door for 1950 when Robinson was still ww champ. After that Turpin leap frogged Sands and of course he was who Robinson was fighting. Criticizing Robinson for not fighting Towne in early 1953 when the annual rating for 1952 was published is silly because Robinson was retired by that point. Again, in none of these instances can you draw a parallel with Dempsey ducking two guys for years who clearly considered his most reliable contenders, particularly Wills who fought elimination after elimination. This was never the case with Robinson or Armstrong. At no time did they clearly avoid a guy who for an extended period of time was considered their top challenger and had wide public support as such. Its a false equivalency thats being attempted to deflect from the fact that the beloved Dempsey did.