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Old 08-17-2007, 07:05 PM   #1
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Exaggerated?

For a large amount of his career he didn't weigh much more than 200 pounds, and he's listed at being 6 feet, 1/2 inch feet tall.

Not quite what comes to mind when I visualize him at times, I'd got to admit.

Thoughts? Was he just larger than he really was?
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Old 08-17-2007, 07:07 PM   #2
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Well his size is his size - you can see it written down as you say.

But his physicality is a different matter, that's what people mean when they talk about Liston in the ring.
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Old 08-17-2007, 07:08 PM   #3
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Default Re: Liston - Is his size...

I always thought he was 215 in his prime...
Guys like him and Foreman were big for their time.
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Old 08-17-2007, 07:15 PM   #4
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Default Re: Liston - Is his size...

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I always thought he was 215 in his prime...
Guys like him and Foreman were big for their time.
Well, Liston was 6 feet tall and 200 Lbs, which wasn't exactly big even for those days, when you consider that Joe Louis, who came 2 years before Liston was 6'2' and around 205.
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Old 08-17-2007, 07:19 PM   #5
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Default Re: Liston - Is his size...

He was like a giant trapped in a smaller for todays HW body.
Super long reach
Giant shoulders,arms & chest.
Biggest fist in HW history last time I heard.
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Old 08-17-2007, 07:25 PM   #6
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Like Dokes, most of Liston's reach was in his collarbone. His arms were noticably shorter than Cleveland Williams's from shoulder to fist. But his ramrod jab was usually sufficient to keep people off of him, and he had a very durable body. He was very solidly built, not at all too slender or short. With his jab, he'd fit right in today.
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Old 08-17-2007, 07:32 PM   #7
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Default Re: Liston - Is his size...

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Well, Liston was 6 feet tall and 200 Lbs, which wasn't exactly big even for those days, when you consider that Joe Louis, who came 2 years before Liston was 6'2' and around 205.
20 years?
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Old 08-17-2007, 07:36 PM   #8
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20 years?

Yes,

I meant 20 years, not 2 years
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Old 08-17-2007, 07:40 PM   #9
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Yes,

I meant 20 years, not 2 years
Just thought i'd clear that up, was a bit worried hahaha
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Old 08-17-2007, 08:00 PM   #10
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He still has plenty of muscle. IMO he the perfect example of what a muscular boxer should look like, muscular, but not some body builder.

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Old 08-17-2007, 09:02 PM   #11
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I watched a documentary about him, and no one really knew when he was born, or specifically when he died. Approximately he was still fighting when he as 45years old.

Mysterious Cahmpion Sonny Liston.
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Old 08-17-2007, 09:09 PM   #12
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Default Re: Liston - Is his size...

The weight does not tell the whole story.

I think the distribution of his weight makes him so imposing. He had a very deep and broad chest, and tree trunk arms.

A very impressive physical specimen, and as Bill says, not like a body builder but a more natural contruction
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Old 08-17-2007, 09:51 PM   #13
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Default Re: Liston - Is his size...

I think you can tell his frame was big. Huge shoulders, long arms, big wrists and boulders for fists. He kept in good shape but he grew and I'd say a good 215 was his weight. I also think his legs were quite disproportioned to his upper body. I think he had the legs of someone who was about 6 foot but the upper body of someone who is about 6'5.
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Old 08-17-2007, 10:19 PM   #14
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He had the legs of Shavers, but he had the upperbody of Primo Carnera.
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Old 08-17-2007, 10:46 PM   #15
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Look at it this way: Calvin Brock is bigger. But in today's heavyweight scene, he seems smallish. And he's not as strong as Liston.
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