Originally Posted by mr. magoo
I have to agree with both you and Janitor, that it was definately foolish of Patterson to engage Liston at close range and so early on. Do you feel however, that he indeed had the boxing ability to launch such a plan involving more lateral movement and boxing from a distance? Sonny had a tremendous jab that he could use from long range, and a way of cutting off the ring.
I don't know.
Liston was poor at cutting off the ring ,he just followed his opponents around,unlike his protege Foreman ,who was very adept at geometry inside the ropes,the thing was patterson couldnt box on the retreat ,behind his jab,as someone like Machen could,Floyd was essentially a swarmer,but he was too small ,and not powerful enough to do it against Liston,its a style matchup that is just terrible for Patterson,like frazier against Foreman.