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Old 09-17-2007, 05:36 PM   #33
C. M. Clay II
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Default Re: Sonny Liston vs. Larry Holmes

Originally Posted by ChrisPontius
Good points.

Liston's jab is heavier than Holmes, much heavier.

But you have to realise that that is a very small factor in the battle of jabs.
What is are more important factors?
Speed, by far. Reach, technique and consistency also come into play. Liston had a 84' inch wingspan but that was mostly due to wide shoulders. Williams, at 6'3 79" looked to have a longer reach, which incidentally is about the same in measurements as Holmes'. Holmes is more consistent with the jab and he is much faster with it.

Ali completly neutralised Liston's powerful jab with speed. While Holmes is a tad slower, he still outspeeds Liston by a significant margin. I think that will play an important role during the entire fight. I think Larry will fight safe and box to a comfortable decision. How will Liston deal with the jabs and right hands? He looked awefully swollen and cut after a mere 6 rounds with a light hitting and running Ali. Holmes did not have that weakness nor did he ever quit as blatantly as Liston.
You must remember that the Liston of the Clay fights was old and out of shape, totally different than the Liston Holmes would be facing. Plus Liston later attested to Clay's punching power by saying, "They say this kid can't punch? He can punch like hell!" Clay shots may have looked soft because of the speed in which he threw them, but they were not. They had a deceptively damaging quality to them.
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