May 24, 1965
The general consensus is that Sonny Liston should be able to stop the
Champion - Cassius Clay by Round 10.
The Champion has not gotten any better, and the Challenger has not gotten any worse.
The Betting-Odds opened up with Sonny Liston as the 9-5 Favorite, but
late money on the Champion has dropped the Odds.
Those close to the Challenger, state that Sonny hurt his left shoulder in the 1st-Round
of the first bout in February 1964, and still managed to fight for 6-rounds, against a
Challenger who could not put him down.
Other boxing pundits believe, that Sonny took the Challenger too lightly and had
planned to carry Cassius for a few rounds, before putting him away. But, Sonny
had not trained properly, and was exhausted after a brisk 5th Round.