So guys, I was thinking about all the great fighters there have been over the years and how some of them were unlucky to be boxing in eras containing even greater fighters.
Sonny Liston could have ruled the heavyweights for a few years more if it wasn't for one Cassius Clay. Clay/Ali obviously stopped a lot of other heavyweights from achieving dominant reigns but there are many other fighters in most divisions where a great fighter isn't as heralded as he would've been if it wasn't for an even greater fighter.
Lew Tendler, now he would've been champ, possibly a great fighter had Benny Leonard not boxed in his era. Meldrick Taylor was beautiful to watch, I collected a huge batch of his fights a couple years back. Surely a great fighter had A greater one in Julio Cesar Chavez fought in another era?
How about Archie Moore, a genuine ring legend but if Marciano boxed in a different era, Moore would surely be the first light heavyweight champion to win the heavyweight crown, adding further to his immense legacy?
Another one I'd add is Eusebio Pedroza. He boxed in the same era as Salvador Sanchez but due to the tragedy they never boxed. Pedroza was a great champion but will forever live in the shadow of Sanchez.
Guys, anyone care to add some more?