Originally Posted by Duodenum
Yes, Holmes was dropped before, but in all instances, it was by somebody with superior handspeed to Liston. (Shavers had long arms, and badly underrated handspeed. Still the knockdown rounds were the only rounds Snipes and Shavers won against Larry in the 32 combined completed rounds they boxed against him.) Like Cooney, Sonny didn't have the speed to reach Holmes enough to take him out
Shavers handspeed was inferior to Listons. If Earnie could reach holmes, then so could Liston.
In his prime, Sonny Liston had pretty good handspeed and cut off the ring well. Please don't compare him to Gerry Cooney.