Originally Posted by C. M. Clay II
Liston was already past it in the Patterson fights. that was just a case of a bad-style matchup. Liston's prime was between 1957-60. Liston was 35 against Clay. That's over the hill.
What shows of decline did you see in either Patterson fight? Could you point it out exactly?
By the way, during '57-'60 he didn't beat a single ranked contender so maybe he looked better because during the first half he was in prison and the second half he was beating up journeymen and washed up contenders.