What were Sonny Listons weaknesses?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Scott Cork, Feb 17, 2021.

  1. Scott Cork

    Scott Cork Member Full Member

    Feb 3, 2021
    One i can think of is taking dives.
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  2. TipNom

    TipNom Member Full Member

    Jun 19, 2019
    Liston wasn't very quick
  3. 70sFan865

    70sFan865 Ii6 Full Member

    May 30, 2019
    He wasn't very slow, but quick fighters could confuse him. He also wasn't great at cutting off the ring.
  4. BlackCloud

    BlackCloud I detest the daily heavyweight threads Full Member

    Nov 22, 2012
    Well, according to some, his main weakness would be a short armed, face first bleeder who, conveniently, never stood in the opposite corner.
  5. Flash24

    Flash24 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    Exceptional hand and foot speed
    with excellent defensive skills and boxing ability.
    Fortunate for him theirs only been one
    of those in the history of Heavyweight
    championship boxing.
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  6. The Fighting Yoda

    The Fighting Yoda Member Full Member

    Jan 5, 2021
    I think his fighting spirit was not the greatest, compare to other champions, like Frazier, Marciano, Ali...
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  7. Cecil

    Cecil Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 22, 2015
    Not the fastest on his feet, although his hand speed was a bit quicker than is generally considered.
    Movers gave him problems and has been already mentioned he wasn’t great at cutting off the ring.
    His fighting spirit is a strange one, because up until the Ali fights I don’t think it really could have been questioned.
  8. Fergy

    Fergy Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    Yes, to the posters saying he was a little slow. That's true but I think we really only saw the slower and more deliberate liston has he became champ. Age was creeping in by the Patterson fights,I always believed that if he'd faced anyone but Floyd he'd have had to work for it.
    Patterson was totally intimidated and his chin undoubtedly wasn't cast iron.
  9. Alexandrow Vids

    Alexandrow Vids Member Full Member

    Oct 28, 2014
    Not really.
    Liston was in perfect condition, prepared and focused because he really wanted the title.
    According to Emanuell Stewart and others,
    Liston only became careless after he won the title ,
    did not train much, drank a lot of alcohol and played golf.

    He saw Ali and thought he was a joke and thought the fight would only last a few rounds.
    This fact that he doesn't take Ali seriously + Ali was the worst style match up for Liston + Liston didn't really train was the beginning of the end and the worst scenario.

    So let's assume Ali would have taken the role of Floyd in 1962 i'm sure that the fight would have gone over 12 rounds with Liston as the Winner on Points or late TKO because most people wanted to see Liston win.
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  10. Dubblechin

    Dubblechin Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    Apparently not axe handles. (Kidding. Just a call back to another thread.)
  11. Fergy

    Fergy Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    I don't know, can we ever see a scenario where liston beats a young Ali?.
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  12. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 4, 2016

    Hmm? I seem to recall a fight of his where he was rocked and had his nose broken by a very hard puncher and came back and ko'ed him
  13. HDmexiqtioner

    HDmexiqtioner New Member Full Member

    Sep 1, 2020
    His biggest weaknesses I would say would be:

    His management, for making him seem like a brutish and slow witted man. When he was more quiet and reserved than most but still very smart. In addition for him getting involved with the Mob in some way.

    His overuse of trying to put his opponent away, seems to rush in a bit which has worked a lot, but his setting up approach with his telephone pole like jab and ability to box is something that could have been expanded, Liston with patience is great.

    Getting into boxing as late as he did.
  14. McGrain

    McGrain Diamond Dog Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2007
  15. The Morlocks

    The Morlocks Boxing Junkie banned Full Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Personally, I an surprised Sonny could beat anyone of he was as bad as everybody says he was. A lucky fighter. The real Cinderella man.