Originally Posted by ron u.k.
Listen Pepe,as far as i'm concerned Sonny lay down,for whatever reason i wouldn't know.
However my point is Ali knew nothing of it,his immediate reaction to Liston going down tells everyone that.
I agree. Ali was surprised by it and didn't even realize he had hit him. In the immediate post fight interview Ali didn't know if it was a left or a right he hit him with. He asked to look at the tapes. He had no idea what sent Liston down.
I think Ali assumed Liston was going to dive later in the fight. That's probably what they had rehearsed.
Liston didn't follow the script, for whatever reason.