Re: How highly do you rate Sonny Liston as a puncher?
There was a fighter ScrapIron Johnson who had the misfortune to fight Sonny Liston in the mid `60s and a young George Foreman in the late 60s as well as a young Joe Frazier. All great punchers.
According to an article from the Ring Mag years ago ScrapIron said that Sonny Listion hit him harder than anyone.
So If he is hitting harder than Foreman and Frazier then Liston has to be at or near the very top.