Originally Posted by spiderarms
With regards to Behn Wilson
, IMO, he never had a bad loss or one that he needed to prove something with a rematch. All of his loses were close fights.
Many of our favorites can not make that claim and needed to avenge some of their fights. That is the difference for me in this conversation. So I guess we disagree.
I always thought it odd that he didn't seek a rematch against both fotiu and wensink. Say what you will about whether they were bad losses or not. He lost. Those two fights may be the worst losses of his career-although they were good fights and fairly close-certainly not draws by compubox numbers (that was for you BS25!). Fotiu being a ranger and their rivalry and the bruins being the other toughest team on the block certainly would have lent some creedence to a rematch. Plus the fact that as bigjack and others mention there is fotiu getting in wilson's face and no fight or response from wilson.
It takes a lot of balls to come back and avenge a loss. to me the ability to avenge a loss or big loss is one of the things that makes a true champion. Wilson never avenged ANY of his losses no matter how big or small they were. Never went after bert wilson
again, never went after fotiu, wensink mcclelland snepsts etc. maybe he thought they were capable of beating him again and that's why he didn't avenge them. Maybe he was one of those guys who would let a close loss go in order to keep from losing even bigger in a rematch. Who knows? but to simply walk away from those losses without a hint of avenging them is one of the differences between him and someone like probert or Brown in my eyes.
A few of the greats from wilson's era also only had a few losses or a handful. Jonathan only lost a few, fotiu, wensink, etc. these guys don't get near the mention as #1 all-time. i think had these guys played in the probert/brown era-they would have lost plenty, just like probert, mcsorley, domi grimson etc. this speaks to how good an era is. saying wilson only had a few losses and no one else can claim that is saying more about how much weaker wilson's era was compared to the probert/brown era.