Originally Posted by Abdullah
Agreed. Liston knew he had no real chance of winning that fight. He got tagged and got scared. He gave up mentally.
Ali had done a fair bit of canvas time leading up to the fight and Liston was more than capable of taking punishment to win a fight, see the Williams fight. Liston was scared most likely by the consequences of him owing unresolved debts to people that he shouldn't be mixed up with.