Re: Rocky Marciano vs. Sonny Liston
Marciano was very strong for a 185 pound Heaveyweight, but going against a 210+ guy who is known for his punching power, I think he might be in trouble. Coming forward would be the worst thing Rocky could do against a guy like Sonny. Rock is short, with short arms. Sonny is at least 3 inches taller, with a much longer reach and an educated, punishing jab.
I would have to think that Marciano would end up taking a pounding trying to get inside Sonny's reach. While the Rock may have some success, my gues would be that he would end up taking to much punishment and either get busted up or saved the the referee from further punishment. I don't think the Rock's power would have as much effect on Liston as it did on small HW's like Walcott and Charles.
One other thing, Liston hit much harder than Walcott and Moore, who both had Marciano on the canvas.