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  1. Michael Stephen Whitney
    Michael Stephen Whitney March 21, 2021 at 9:09 pm |

    Is Lou Duva’s story about Liston retreating from Marciano in that gym true?

    1. Jim Cushman
      Jim Cushman September 1, 2021 at 12:42 pm |

      Yes it was a true story!!!

  2. Michael Ares
    Michael Ares April 28, 2021 at 9:44 pm |

    Your out of your fucking mind. Liston would destroy him

  3. Jimmy Dorsey
    Jimmy Dorsey May 8, 2021 at 11:03 am |

    The thought that Rocky Marciano would defeat Sonny Liston is ridiculous! As I’ve said many times in the past when you put two heavy punchers in the ring with the styles like Rocky Marciano and Sonny Liston the bigger guy is going to win every time! That does not mean a big guy against a small guy wins every time it just means that someone with this style of Sonny Liston and someone with the style of a Rocky Marciano both heavy punchers the big guy wins every time! Case closed!

  4. Db
    Db May 14, 2021 at 5:10 pm |

    My guess is that Listons handlers got him out of there quick so it wouldn’t jeapordise the Ali rematch. Would have loved to have seen them fight though.

  5. Knobby Walsh
    Knobby Walsh June 28, 2021 at 10:11 am |

    Saying Liston couldn’t knock Rocky out is ridiculous. Im not saying he would but Sonny hit a lot harder than anyone Rocky ever fought. If you want to count an old Joe Louis I’ll give you that.

  6. Mike
    Mike June 28, 2021 at 11:28 pm |

    I would love to have seen that matchup.
    As mean looking as Sonny was, I don’t believe that he would have intimidated Marciano.

  7. dennis moore
    dennis moore July 1, 2021 at 3:36 pm |

    Hogwash archie Moore knocked marcianao down. Liston had a killer jab an 84 inch reach and power in both hands .Liston barely blinked when Cleveland williams hit him hard and often. The Rock would have to catch Liston coming in off balence which rarely happened.

  8. Jim Cushman
    Jim Cushman September 1, 2021 at 12:51 pm |

    As Heavyweight Champion Of The World…your supposed to die trying! In the 2 biggest fights of his career…Ali in Miami in Feb.1964…and with Ali up in Maine in May 1965…Liston “S**T himself in front of the whole world! The fight in ’64 in Miami…Liston as champion…”QUIT WHILE SITTING ON HIS STOOL!!!” In 1965…he took a DIVE!!! I’ve seen better acting in the WWF!!! There was no QUIT in Marciano! Rocky could take it and dish it out. Marciano was also a lot tougher mentally than Liston was. The story about Liston and his people leaving the gym after Rocky said,”OK…let’s go, is true.

  9. Lawrence Kenny
    Lawrence Kenny September 5, 2021 at 9:06 pm |

    Rocky Marciano was a great champion in his day. but against Sonny Liston I just don’t see him having any advantages at all. Liston was about 25 in shape pounds heavier, 3 inches taller with an 84 inch reach to Rocky, 68 inch reach. also Sonny was faster afoot with a great left hook and jab. Also Rocky was a very slow starter
    and got pounded around early and out boxed. I do not think Rocky could hit Liston at long range and get smashed by Liston’s jab and hook. people who think Marciano would win should remember that he fought at the same weight as Patterson. True Rocky was good in the late rounds. But against Liston he would be outboxed and outpunched and stopped within three rounds, because Liston is all wrong for Rocky.

  10. Truthteller42
    Truthteller42 September 20, 2021 at 2:00 am |

    White people make Marciano in to this invincible demigod. He gets blown away by Liston. Marciano never fought a guy that big and strong.

  11. HJK
    HJK November 13, 2021 at 11:50 am |

    Liston famously respected Marciano a great deal, which is saying something. Rocky may have been the toughest heavyweight ever always in great shape, with devastating power in both hands and his Susie Q right hand that may have been the best right hand ever, Wilder’s included. But Liston would amost certainly beat him. Liston was the strongest heavyweight ever and the hardest hitter., according to Foreman. And he had one of if not the best jab of all time with incredible reach, and he was an excellent boxer. Liston was just too strong for the Rock although it must be said Ricky and far more heart and guts than the big old Bear and when you hit as hard as he did and never stopped, you might just go undefeated and never duck anyone. I wouldn’t count Marciano out because Marciano was never counted out. Liston admired him for good reason. But boy, what a fight that would have been!


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