Gilroy wasn't the greatest fighter in History, this has NEVER been claimed... what has ALWAYS been claimed IS;
" He MAY WELL be Britian's greatest MIDDLEWEIGHT."
You talk about 'robbery' his whole career was a Robbery and his losses that you refer to were always against the the Bigmen and even 2 of them were victories ALL documented icluding the 'other' questionable decisions! Is Bert the only fighter that isn't entitled to scrutiny over these decision, where as these boxing boards talk about such matters for literally hundreds of fighters?
As to Cerdan, Euro Trash and past their expiry date fighters...
Euro trash wasn't a phrase used then - "the divide" (generally speaking), wasn't as wide as people today have gapped it. TOP men were True & Worthy contenders! the best example of this is the WELTER cum MW Robert Villimain, who kicked ass in the States against Top MW's and in Europe & Britain found his opposition just as tough. Hell the little LW cum Welter (past his expiry date), Eric Boon gave him hell in an epic battle which was Fight of the Year. Could Boon or Villimain have done the same with McAvoy, Gilroy or Cerdan(?), from what I learned in my investigations the Board would never sanction such matches.
Once again Cerdan's AGE is overlooked, he was in and around the same age as these his american TOP foes, by many accounts Cerdan's peak was also I few years previous - I rarely hear people reference that EQUAL fact.
IT wasn't like today, they weren't Euro trash. In Britain there was NO Domestic level, the Lonsdale belt was 'likened to a world title. TOP men were sinply that, True World classed TOP Contenders.
P.S read Gilroy was here! - CLAY MOYLE has copies for sale and I'd be glad to send anyone who is interested a copy of Gilroy's ACTUAL Scrapbook, which in it's self is an absolute beautiful set of documents and collectors piece and of course full of the REPORTS, the facts.
I pick Cerdan simply because he was a great an amazing fighter, whose record accounts for that, and again against some TOP men both sides of the Atlantic and again the LaMotta fight footage shows CLEARLY a handicapped fighter who STILL survived and made an excellent account of himself, that Jake couldn't seem to take advatage of...
Bodyblow in life in general, I NEVER allow emotions or blood or friendship interfere with the Truth, PROVEN by Facts... MY DAD can be thanked for this. He brought us up stating; " I don't care if you are my son, my brother, my parent or my wife, if you have done wrong or are wrong, and it's evident or proven, then you are wrong and I will not stand against the Truth!" I have never forgot that and I live by it, ask my kids.
I especially had to have the goods before I did Bert's story, which I do, hundreds of reports. Anyway I have once again stated the reported facts re- Cerdan, European fighters, Robert Villimain and the LaMotta/Cerdan footage.
What more can one say, sincerely Jim.