Originally Posted by Webbiano
Since when was Jack Johnson such an aggressive, come forward fighter and when did he have trouble with power hitters? He wasn't KOed till he was shot to shit and unmotivated against Willard and it still took 24 rounds. Johnson Is right up there as the most durable heavyweight ever and that is including Ali.
He was KO'd earlier in his career by a super middle although he was of similiar size when he fought, he was naturally way bigger. Also decked by a middle while he was a full fledged heavyweight. The biggest puncher's he faced (by his own admission) he held rather significant weight advantages over, not to say Johnson isn't durable but I don't think he's very proven, certainly not as much as Ali. Also considering how much better he was compared to the fighters of his era and his defensive prowess his chin wasn't nearly as tested as Ali's. So it's very hard to determine whether he could take what Liston could dish out. Also, thing is Johnson has never met anyone like Liston a combination of size, strength, skill, stamina, chin, jab and punching power. I'm leaning towards Liston.