Originally Posted by Mendoza
Johnson who was at his best up close had trouble with good jabbers and power hitters. To get up close Johnson would have to get past Liston's jab. I don't see it. And if Johnson gets up close he puts himself in the danger zone of Liston bombs.
Liston could fight inside or out, and had a very dangerous arsenal of hooks, jabs, crosses, and uppercuts. Those who engaged Liston in close quarters did not last long. For a power hitter, Liston was rather technical. Even on defense. Liston via KO, perhaps early if Johnson doesn't run.
In which fights of Johnson's do you base your opinion that he had trouble with jabbers?
A meaningless 6 rounds no dec with O Brien? A fight by the way, which no one living has seen,and about which there are many conflicting reports.
Johnson beat many good jabbers
Power hitters? Yeah, going nearly 15 years without being kod sure indicates that.
Which fights did Johnson run in?
Liston had trouble with fast, shifty, defensive boxers,because he had slow feet. Johnson epitomises that description.