Talk about mischaracterizing those fights. His loss to Farr was hardly the one sided fight the AP report Boxrec characterizes it (I thought Baer won), the Nova fights were back and forth wars in which he was on the verge of winning both times. He was hardly destroyed as you say and its not like Nova was some bum. When Baer beat Galento, despite you calling Galento "shopworn" Galento had, in his previous two fights, challenged and dropped the heavyweight champion and knocked out the number one contender. You use some arbitrary statistic saying "from Louis to Farr he fought 22 times" and then rattle off all of these poor opponents but neglect to mention that the period in question was only a year and half. He fought 22 times in a year and half after getting knocked out by Louis and then took on one of the top contenders in his home country. I think we can label that period for what it was, a confidence building tour and then give the guy credit for jumping into the mix. Then you throw in the asinine comment "I'd say Dempsey fought better men in his own exhibition tour in the 1930's ..." Really? You are equating an EXHIBITION tour in which the longest fight Dempsey had scheduled was with King Levinksy who proceeded to kick Dempsey's ass and upset any idea Dempsey had of returning to the ring for real with an actual professional fighters record in real fights. For those of you who dont know this Max Baer was promotionally associated with Dempsey in 1932. In January of 1932 Baer fought King Levinsky at MSG and beat him on a clear cut ten round decision. Dempsey, considering a comeback, had decided to test the waters in a four round exhibition against Levinsky in Chicago three weeks later. At the time Levinsky was rated #7. Dempsey struggled so badly with Levinsky and looked so shaky at the end of four rounds that papers all across the country criticized his performance. For a time Dempsey considered a rematch with Levinsky over twenty rounds in Reno but quickly gave up the idea realizing that he was through as a fighter. Instead he promoted Baer-Levinsky 2 in Reno and Baer once again took a lopsided win. So please, lets not delude ourselves that Dempsey's exhibition tour of one and two round fights equates to anything like a real career.