Originally Posted by Bummy Davis
Angelo was a great fighters trainer...Pastrano,Ali,Leonard and his advice and stratergy pulled them all out of adverse situations
That "advice" he gave Ali between round 4 & 5 against Cooper certainly helped him out of an adverse situation.
I have to say though, facing Liston was a huge risk. At that point, Ali was knocked silly by Cooper, knocked down by Banks, both nothing special compared to Liston, and he struggled with Jones. Liston was gonna kill him!
Maybe they wanted to capitalise on their title shot opportunity before he lost, like Biggs vs Tyson, or maybe they had blind confidence in him... but there's a reason he was an 8 to 1 underdog. I think his handlers must have been as nervous as Ali himself was when he stood in front of Liston.