Re: Rocky Marciano vs. Sonny Liston
On skills and physical ability, it’s Liston by a clear margin. In terms of heart, and grit, it’s Marciano by clear margin. The questions you have to ask yourself if this.
Could Marciano get past Liston’s jab? Not easily.
Would Liston cut Marciano up? Likely.
How many sledgehammer crosses or hooks could Marciano take from Liston? Not too many
If it came down to points, who is the likely winner? I think Liston.
If you’re picking Marciano, I think you are thinking a stoppage win or Liston getting DQ’d/quitting.
Rocky could hit, but it took him on average a tad over 9 rounds to win his title matches. And the likes of Charles, Moore, and Walcott were far easier to hurt in comparison to Liston. I think Rocky once said he would not relish the opportunity to share the same ring with Liston. I would go with Liston here via mid to late round TKO in a 15 round affair. Rocky could only fight one way, and that was by confronting his opposition. That type of style for the smaller man is the wrong way to fight Liston.