In his recent column about measuring the pros and cons of Wladimir Klitschko's legacy, Scott Levinson spent a great deal of time weighing the issue of dominance against quality of opposition. In Levinson's mind, there is a clear paradox there: how can the contenders of a division look good with a dominant champion looming over them? How do you know if the contenders are really that weak, or if the champion is really that strong?
There are a number of ways to get at the root of that question, and I addressed one of them in my own article comparing Klitschko to Larry Holmes. Because Holmes entered the heavyweight title picture during the last quarter of the heavyweight golden age, we have a fairly clear idea of how he would have stacked up in that far better era.
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While we don't need to evaluate Holmes purely on his dominance over the "Lost Generation of Heavyweights," nonetheless there is a way to evaluate the merits of that later domination as well, and...