Guys, this isn't so much a fantasy fight of man vs. man so much as man vs. era. A thought came up while I was writing a reply on another thread; how would Joe Frazier have done in other time periods? Say against the fighters of the 1930's?
I keep running names through my head, matching Frazier against guys like:
Tommy Loughran, who might have been able to jab out a decision against Smokin' Joe, and that's a maybe.
Paulino Uzcudan, a tough man with good power, a great chin, and solid boxing skill. Would be a test for anyone, but I think Joe punches out a decision, even if he doesn't put Uzcudan down. Kind of like Frazier vs. Bonavena.
Jack Sharkey. Wow, a good fight, but I think Frazier wins a KO in the 13th or so.
Max Schmeling. Another tough fight. Wonder if Max would have found a weakness in Joe's style as he did Louis'?
Ernie Schaaf. Solid fighter but I think Joe takes him out in 8.
Tommy Farr. As with Loughran, maybe a decision. Loughran also had a good chin, might have survived a hook or two. Not three.
Jimmy Braddock. No, I think the Cinderella Man would have turned into a pumpkin in this match. KO by Frazier in the middle rounds.
Primo Carnera. You gotta be kidding. Frazier would knock Primo down six or seven times and win a TKO.
Tony Galento. Rough and tough and Joe KO's him in three or four.
Buddy Baer. Good punch, lousy defense. Frazier in 3.
Lou Nova. Same as Buddy, although defense not quite as bad. Frazier in 6.
Billy Conn. Oh my word... My first reaction, "Joe kills him." The next thought "Oh yeah? How long did it take Louis to do it?" And that, of course, only because Conn got stupid. If Conn didn't try to mix it up, here's another possible defeat of Frazier.
Jersey Joe Walcott. It would have been a great fight. Toss-up, Walcott by decision or Joe by late TKO.
Joe Louis. Walking into Louis' blazing guns would have spelled doom for our hero. I think Louis would have kayo'd Frazier in no more than 5. No insult to Frazier intended, but man, his style was exactly what you shouldn't do against Joe Louis.