Just to chuck this debate off for a second, Gumbo, are there any reasons to suggest Marciano's reign was in a time when the HW division wasn't really that good?Jersey Joe Walcott vs Rocky Marciano. Walcott ahead on all cards going into the 13th round and he gets caught by a vicious right by Rocky and crumbles to the canvas with his left arm tangled up in the middle rope holding him up on his knees---------then face plants to the canvas as gravity pulls his unconscious body to the mat.
In the rematch, it didn't get any better for Jersey Joe as he got KO'd much quicker the second time around, hitting the canvas in round 1 and failing to beat the count.
ETA: Big John Tate vs Mike Weaver in 80. Weaver, the smaller man by 25 lbs. and a few inches shorter than Tate was behind on all cards heading into the 15th round. He pinned Tate against the ropes and unleashed a hard, perfectly thrown left hook that caught Tate on the side of the head and Tate looked like an ebony tree and he simply hinged at the feet and fell straight to the canvas stiff as a board. Another fight where the ref could have counted him out with a sun dial. The KO came at 2:15 of the last round.
Please forgive me, my HW knowledge isn't that great. I'm more into little Mexicans and Cubans murdering each other.