Re: Do You Think Ali Was Scared For The 2nd Liston Fight?
First fight yes. Second fight absolutely not.
Ali at that stage realised he easily had the beating of Liston. I think he realised that Liston was an old, slow fighter and Ali already had the psychological edge by beating him relatively easily in the first fight. In Ali's biography "The Greatest" he mentions the fear he experienced going in with Liston the first time, but he didn't mention anything about fearing Liston in their second fight.
He did mention the fear of hitmen or mob involvement in the second fight, but he mentioned nothing about fearing Liston.