Re: Ali - Liston II "Pre-Fight Info'
Faults in Sonny Liston's armor started to develop in 1960.
Easy blow-out fights in 1961, then the (2) Floyd Patterson, fights where it was
Sparring partners were getting to him. If a sparring partner made him look bad,
his trainers (Willie Reddish and Milt Bailey) would get rid of them, instead of trying to work on improving Sonny.
He was, when working out, a perfect fighting machine, and a physical marvel.
But after 5 rounds, he sort of just lumbered through the motions.
To make him look good in sparring, the trainers erected a 10' x 10' boxing ring.
I do remember a couple of times at the Pines in the summer of 1962, a pretty tough kid
and football player, James McCarter just mauling Liston all over the ring in the later rounds of sparring.
He just kept wearing Liston down, by pulling on Sonny.
In late 1963, things were just too easy for Liston, and he just cruised.
The 12 hard years of boxing were wearing him out.