I genuinely think it might be. I'm thinking of the past champions and the time they took off from boxing and none seem remotely as bad as what Jack did with Hollywood. Sullivan was effectively a retired alcoholic. Corbett declared his title vacant (later changing his mind) Fitz awaited an outstanding challenger to emerge Johnson was a fugitive Willard awaited for an outstanding challenger to emerge Dempsey ran from Wills to Hollywood Louis had the war Ali had his licence revoked And then there aren't any significant absences (unless you're in the minorty that consider old foreman world champ from 94-97 in which case his might be the worst). Thoughts? I'm not going on about greatness, h2h ability nor resume just the instances when the champ took time off and whether any of these instances were as bad as Jack's.