Re: Sonny Liston vs. Larry Holmes
It's a difficult fight. If you match them prime-for-prime, we're talking about Holmes between 1978-1982. I saw Holmes fight in person several times, and he was a very, very special fighter.
With Liston, in terms of his prime, we're talking several years before his fight with Joiner. The Joiner fights were in 1968 and 1969. Liston probably peaked in the late 1950s up until the early 1960s. If Liston was able to counter the Holmes jab, it would be very hard for Holmes to win that fight. Liston was a monster puncher, and his own jab would figure into the fray.
Toss up for me.