Originally Posted by Curtis Lowe
Foreman's self confidence was pretty much at an all time low, that and of course styles make fights.
Not only that, but Foreman was making an active effort to "change" his style and be more of a tactical, patient fighter (with the hope that it would help him go the distance better), but that actually had an adverse affect because it took away what was one of his biggest assets, his naked aggression.
As has already been said, Lyle was a bit more comfortable as a counterpuncher than Frazier and had a better sneak right. But Foremen also gave him the room he needed by pressing forward tentatively and not going balls to the wall and simply letting his hands go like he used to do pre-Ali.