Re: Sonny Liston vs. Larry Holmes
Liston wasnt rated in the top10 till the end of1958,when he came in at no 9,that year he kod Billy hunter and Wayne Bethea,both top twenty heavies,Bethea had been no 8 the year previously and Hunter would be no6 the next year.Listons age is a mystery,but going into the fight with the then Cassius Clay,Sonny had had precisely 6 rounds of actual boxing in 4 years
1961 Howard King ko 3
Albert Westphal ko1
1962Floyd Patterson ko1
1963 Floyd Patterson ko1
Hardly adequate preparation to take on Muhammad Ali,even so Liston was competitive,he had trained for an easy blow out ,3 rounds at most ,but found himself out of gas ,getting a serious arse whipping. The fact that Liston hit so hard ,and koed nearly all his opponents early worked against him when he came up against Ali it meant that he lacked ring rounds ,and paid the penalty,I dont think he would have beaten Ali when in his prime but he would all most certainly have given him a better fight.