Originally Posted by BattlingNelson
I am not saying you are wrong, but your statement is bold. Smith was peaking from 1912 to 1914 where he went unbeaten and had some great wins including Jess Willard, Sam Langford, Bombardier Wells and George Godfrey. He was top ranked at that time.
...and that means he was very good for his time. Take the way he fought and have him fight that way against Joe Frazier, and you'd see a laughable slaughter.
Gunboat could very well have been right about the all-around toughness of the fighters from his era compared to the modern ones. But, he was wrong about the gloves and guys not getting hurt from them. He'd have been split in two by Foreman, Shavers, and Lyle if they hit him with the "*****" gloves he mocked.