Originally Posted by Freedom.
Wlad never defeated a fighter as good as Vitali, but otherwise he fought a lot of prime opponents who had never been stopped before and/or were undefeated.
All the people Lewis fought people stopped except for Vitali had been stopped before.
Liston has only two wins of note over Patterson. I rank Vitali higher because of his longevity (the only HW to hold a world title in three different decades) and relative consistency. Both had bad moments: Vitali quit against Byrd when he was injured, but Liston quit against Ali without an injury and in the rematch took a dive.
Well if we're talking bad moments or losses, Wlad was stopped by Sanders and Brewster, and Lennox lost to Rahman and McCall.
But saying Liston only has two wins over note over Patterson is RIDICULOUS. Cleveland Williams, Eddie Machen, Roy Harris, and Zora Folley were all Top ranked HW's back then, and Machen/Folley would have held titles if they had all these belts back then.
Folley beat Machen, Williams, Cooper, Jones, Chuvalo, Bonavena, Foster, and should have gotten the W over Mildenberger too. Folley was a very good fighter back in the late 50's and 60's. Had their been 4 major belts back then, Folley and Machen both would have won multiple HW titles.