I haven't seen the article! I usually come straight to the forum pages!I was talking to @Flea Man about it the other day, who has a quality article on the man on the front page (check it out if you haven't already).
I don't think he would have won a title at that stage of his career, he was in his late 30s and had been through a lot of tough fights in a long career so I don't think he would have beaten Tiger had he got a shot. He would have made a fine contender though, even more so if he was able to turn earlier in his career.
I'm not sure where I lie on the matter. I need to deliberate upon it further but you're right, he had already had a very long career and had injured his hands a few times to boot.