Would Jeffries Chin Survive Liston At His Best?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Fergy, Feb 23, 2021.

  1. Fergy

    Fergy Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    Not sure but anyway, a fight scheduled for 20 rounds with James J Jeffries at his peak as champ, defending against Sonny Liston at his best.
    Can Jeffries survive, win against The Bear?
  2. swagdelfadeel

    swagdelfadeel Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 30, 2014
  3. louis54

    louis54 Well-Known Member Full Member

    Mar 20, 2013
    Jeffries !
    RockyJim likes this.
  4. Scott Cork

    Scott Cork Member Full Member

    Feb 3, 2021
    Jeffries would be Listons best win.
  5. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft 'Snarky Little Gobshite' - IntentionalButt Full Member

    Mar 3, 2019
    Jeffries wouldn't even be Patterson's best win.
  6. HolDat

    HolDat Active Member Full Member

    Sep 25, 2020
    It's possible. Jeffries was an athletic freak.
    RockyJim and louis54 like this.
  7. apollack

    apollack Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    Yes. Jeff was even bigger than Liston, very strong, very tough, never down in his prime years (unless you count Johnson - after 6 years of inactivity), and had wonderful conditioning, underrated defense. Don't forget, Jeff could punch back too, and everyone agreed that he could hit. He managed to deck everyone he ever fought (unless you count Johnson/post-6 years layoff).
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2021 at 7:46 AM
  8. 70sFan865

    70sFan865 Ii6 Full Member

    May 30, 2019
    I don't agree.
    PhillyPhan69 likes this.
  9. 70sFan865

    70sFan865 Ii6 Full Member

    May 30, 2019
    Liston probably could stop any man, but Jeffries probably could sustain any barriage and he wasn't inept at defending himself. It would be very interesting fight, but I'd pick Liston based on styles.
    HolDat and janitor like this.
  10. KernowWarrior

    KernowWarrior Bob Fitzsimmons much bigger brother. Full Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Well one of Jefferies great attributes was his teak and granite toughness, so one punch ko by Liston not going to happen, however Listons ramrod jab thudding into Jefferies face round after round is sure going to test that toughness, and would test the refs willingness to allow the face of Jefferies being systematically disfigured.

    The fight is over 20 rounds so if Jefferies survives into late rounds his undeniable stamina might prevail, but he will need to spend part of his purse getting facial repairs.

    However I think Jefferies would slowly get taken apart and eventually succumb to Listons punches.
    Glass City Cobra, Fergy and HolDat like this.
  11. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    Hard to say based on who he fought.

    I do think that Jeffries chin was a little bit better than Liston's for whatever that it worth.

    Much would depend upon which style Jeffries used.

    He functioned as a counterpuncher early in his career, and evolved towards being a pressure fighter.
    RockyJim likes this.
  12. Bukkake

    Bukkake Boxing Addict Full Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    I don't know, if Liston would be able to dent his chin... but surely he would punch him to a standstill well inside 20 rounds.
  13. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 4, 2016
    Liston stops him, Jeffries would have no advantages over Sonny at all
    Fergy and swagdelfadeel like this.
  14. Fergy

    Fergy Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    Go with this. Liston makes a mess out of Jeffries face and stops him in 10.
  15. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    Jim jeffries was a Strong and mentally tough fighter. But he had his nose broken multiple times and by men much smaller. His defense was very porous. I fear that Sonny Liston’s perfect jab and deadly cross would find their target and end things quickly
    Jason Thomas and dmt like this.