Sonny Liston Vs Billy Conn, how does it play out?

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  1. BitPlayerVesti

    BitPlayerVesti Boxing Hagiographer Full Member

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    Liston of the first Ali fight, versus Conn of the first Louis fight, 15 rounds.
     
  2. Gazelle Punch

    Gazelle Punch Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Idk if Conn hit hard enough to get Listons respect. Ali def annoyed him. Can def see Conn getting under his skin but eventually the big bear is gonna get him
     
  3. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I suspect that Liston would have adapted a bit better than Louis, if things were going A over T.

    He could think on his feet a bit faster.

    This might be one fight that Liston handles a bit better.
     
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  4. McGrain

    McGrain Diamond Dog Staff Member

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    The thing is, Conn developed a very specific plan for fighting Louis that was based on an absurdly good read and with a fighter good enough and brave enough to execute it. Looking back on it it's "yeah, of course" or a bit, but at the time nobody thought that was the way to fight Louis.

    However, it absolutely is not the way to fight Liston. I've no idea how this would go in detail except to say that Conn wouldn't approach it like he approached Louis or Pastor. What they would come up with is anyone's guess, but I presume it would involve running away a lot.
     
  5. mcvey

    mcvey Obsessed with Boxing banned Full Member

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    Billy would be doing well to get to the 10th.
     
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  7. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft 'Snarky Little Gobshite' - IntentionalButt Full Member

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    This is more or less what I had in my head, I Imagine Conn would fail to mount enough offence with Liston's jab in the way and Conn on toes to avoid being took out.
     
  8. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

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    Bit by bit, Liston breaks him down. Conn can't escape forever verses the Bear.
    Liston by 9rd ko.
     
  9. JC40

    JC40 Boxing fan since 1972 banned Full Member

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    Liston was a lot stronger fighter than Louis and Sonny was very rough in the clinches as well as being an artful kidney puncher and he was very adept at holding and hitting. I find it hard to see Conn surviving very long despite Billy’s speed and his huge ticker.

    If Conn was say Eddie Machen’s size then I would give him a much greater chance of surviving or even doing fairly well. In my opinion it’s very hard to see a 170 pound fighter surviving Liston’s inside assault.

    Cheers All
     
  10. mcvey

    mcvey Obsessed with Boxing banned Full Member

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    I doubt Sonny would last that long against Conn's dynamite fists.
     
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  11. thistle

    thistle Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Not Well!
     
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  12. Wass1985

    Wass1985 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Liston would rough him up and break him apart quicker than Louis did.
     
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  13. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

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    Well, you may be right there mcvey. Conn was a beast!!
     
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  14. Hookandjab

    Hookandjab Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Conn by decision. Similar to Marty Marshall's victory, but more decisive.
     
  15. mcvey

    mcvey Obsessed with Boxing banned Full Member

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    You only have to look at Conn's ko percentage to see Sonny has zero chance of lasting the distance.
     
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