Originally Posted by ironchamp
Peak Tyson brought fear to a new plateau. People were mesmerized by his ability, unlike most big punchers Tyson was actually refined. So was Liston to an extent but his lack of handspeed made him less impressive.
In addition to that, Tyson had a fearful winning streak of 10 consecutive top rank contenders who were all beaten decisively, whereas Liston only managed to beat 4 top ranked contenders in his winning streak. Big difference if you ask me.