Whenever we discuss heavyweight champs who we never saw in their prime, the usual subjects come up; Ali (exile) , Louis (army) , Dempsey (self-imposed) ... never mentioned is perhaps the most underated champion of all, Jersey Joe Walcott. Walcott never had a prime. Any of this talk about him hitting it in his mid thirties is a joke, that was simply when he managed to finally hit a bit of traction and fight full time. That Walcott fought on even terms with an equal Joe Louis, split with a much younger Ezzard Charles and gave a prime Rocky Marciano his toughest fight. Imagine what a career Walcott might have had if he were brought along on a proper path from the start?