Originally Posted by Bummy Davis
A big part of boxing is mental, I don't think anyone can deny that, not all mental but a large part...I think in the Marciano-Walcott 2, Tyson-Spinks, Liston Patterson,and Ali-Liston among others the mind played a strong part as well as other factors
At top level a one round blow out has as much to do with the loser playing into the hands of the winner. Either by complete blunder, wrong tactics or with the mind not being ready.
Take Witherspoon against Smith as yet another example. A very good defensive fighter just blowing it on the night also. You can blame his prep for the fight and other crazy stuff but his mind was not there against a man he schooled last time.