I'm not sure I would call Thil "the consensus number 1" - he was rated #1 by The Ring, but it seems he was often downplayed or ignored by the American press and sanctioning commissions, who focused more on local titleholders like Yarosz. I would imagine their European counterparts were probably equally dismissive of the American titleholders.Fro the early 30's Thil was the consensus number 1 in the division...
It doesn't seem that either fighter was particularly interested in traveling overseas, and there were plenty of big fights available to either of them on their home turf. For example, Steele's fight with Battaglia received a lot of attention because of Battaglia's vaunted power. Besides, this is a fairly small window we're looking at here - only about 2 years.This seems like a natural fight to make but it never came off, does anyone know why?
Having said that, Steele's manager (and lifelong mentor) Dave Miller did mention sometime in '37 that they were considering an offer to fight Thil in Paris. Shortly after that, Miller died and Thil lost to Apostoli (and never fought again), so whatever likelihood there was of that fight happening went out the window.
If it happened in France, Thil might've been able to steal a DQ win. But if they fight on fair terms, I think Steele would've had too much firepower for him - especially in '36, when Thil was less active and appeared to be on the decline.assuming it did come off in 36, who would have won?
But Steele's wins were much more convincing and impressive - he dominated Risko and bombed out Battaglia, whereas Thil squeaked by on a close decision and two controversial DQs against Brouillard.Thil was beating Brouillard and Tunero whilst Steele was beating Risko and Battaglia.