Originally Posted by ChrisPontius
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.
His handspeed had diminished by the Patterson fight. Also Eddie Machen was ranked #2 when he fought Liston in 1960. I aos think Folley was ranked as well.