To me aside from maybe joe choynski & peter jackson, he seems the hardest to judge in history. :rolleyes
To me he really hold a key as to how you jugde the other fighters of the early 1900's.
my favorite victory he had was over charlie mitchell who at 158lbs regularlly gave up 30 pounds or so in weight, yet doesn't even get recognized one anyone's pound 4 pound that's courage.
would Fitzsimmions had been counted out by a good ref, did jim deserve to win that match.
Did he really get the best of peter jackson
he beat choynski but clearly didn't have great power.
Sullivan was a real drunk by the time he fought him would he have beaten a young john L, i dunno.
the thing that truely bugs me the most is his fight with a real true legent Kid Mccoy who was clearly a phenom in his day, yet the bout appeared fixed, that could have been one of the best bouts in history, i'm not sure i have him higher than mccoy, clearly sharkey was too much for the proper Gentleman Jim, which makes me think a Young John L would have beat him Under modern rules of couse.with gloves.
Yet all this.. any really knowledgeable fan knows that years later Tunney sparred with him and was truely amazed at his talent. Would he have been a better match for jack johnson, than the long faded forced to shed 60lbs and fight in the hot july sun, years removed from glory jim jeffries. Who didn't even look like himself, i mean physically, (he looked like a raisin who had his youth sucked out of him). At least Corbett would have been able to move gracefully.
He is a hard one to rank for me.