Who was the greater fighter out of Jack Johnson and Jack Dempsey?

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  1. KeedCubano

    KeedCubano Read my posts in a Jamaican accent Full Member

    Jul 21, 2019
  2. PhillyPhan69

    PhillyPhan69 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Dec 20, 2006
    On the same tier for me, I have them both and Liston 11-13. I might say Johnson narrow IMO but to me this is a fair contrast.
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  3. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    Johnson has a much deeper resume, and I don't think that Dempsey has a prohibitive edge in quality of opposition.

    I would have to say Johnson.
  4. McGrain

    McGrain Diamond Dog Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2007
    Purely as a fighter, it's so close as to be a meaningless discussion IMO. Jack Johnson's run at the white power structure was insane though :lol: I can't imagine what it must have been like to receive death threats then fight a white guy in front of all white crowds during the lynching era.

    So I give Johnson the nod. Fought in more difficult circumstances and thus gives him the edge.
  5. The Fighting Yoda

    The Fighting Yoda Member Full Member

    Jan 5, 2021
    For me Jack Johnson. He was also World Colored Heavyweight Champion with 17 defenses.
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  6. Dubblechin

    Dubblechin Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    Jack Dempsey.

    Johnson was more of a pioneer. Though he was considered a master boxer of his era, his style wouldn't translate at all today. Johnson grabbed and held constantly. In many ways, he fought like John Ruiz. But he held even more than Ruiz did.

    Ruiz began fighting that way to protect his weak chin. Who knows, if you took away Johnson's holding, he may have lost a lot more, too. Maybe he was doing it to protect a weakness, as well.

    On the other hand, Dempsey's style works in any era. I'd go with him.
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  7. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft 'Snarky Little Gobshite' - IntentionalButt Full Member

    Mar 3, 2019
    How'd you figure? He relied on grappling almost as much as Johnson did.
  8. Sangria

    Sangria You bleed like Mylee Full Member

    Nov 13, 2010
    This is my reasoning as well. Head 2 Head and it's a clash to see who's style eventually triumphs.
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  9. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    None of this has any bearing on who was greater.
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  10. ironchamp

    ironchamp Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 5, 2004
    I rate Johnson ahead.

    He has a deeper resume and better longevity and far more dominant as a top fighter.
  11. BitPlayerVesti

    BitPlayerVesti Boxing Hagiographer Full Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    I think Johnson pretty clearly.

    Johnson and Burns basically cleared out the rest of the division between them (more so Johnson), then Johnson gave Burns a one sided beat down.

    Dempsey at his peak failed to fight his two top contenders. And it's not even like he was in a deep era.
  12. Balder

    Balder Well-Known Member Full Member

    Nov 10, 2012
    Dempsey by a clear margin. Jack was a pioneer and a more modern fighter than J.J.
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  13. Seamus

    Seamus Devotee of the Little Red Book Full Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    Johnson was at a different level. I don't see any argument for Dempsey.
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  14. Mendoza

    Mendoza Hrgovic = Next Heavyweight champion of the world. banned Full Member

    Jun 29, 2007
    Both guys ducked their best competition as champion. Dempsey had far more speed, and power on offense. Johnson focused on clinching and defense, and did not hit very hard. I'd say Dempsey because he hit hard was the better of the two.
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  15. reznick

    reznick In the 7.2% Full Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    Jack Johnson
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