Originally Posted by PowerPuncher
Ali was overconfident against Cooper and took his foot off the gas as he didn't want to stop Cooper until it was the round he predicted. If he was 100% focused neither Cooper or Dempsey would be putting him down
He didn't look too hot in his fight before Cooper either (v. Jones). He was put down because he just open to left hooks.
Dempsey wasn't really quicker than Liston either and Liston had a jab the quickest punch in boxing, Dempsey didn't. A hook is much easier to avoid than a jab
A prime Dempsey was a lot
quicker than Liston , imo.
Dempsey had a jab but he didn't use it like Liston used his. Both jabs and
hooks are hard to avoid. A well-delivered left hook you won't even see coming.