Originally Posted by Anthony342
What is it with big punchers after their first loss? They seem to never be the same. Sometimes they look like their old tough selves, but then not others. Is it that they no longer have that mystique after someone stands up to their power? Is it just that they have nothing else to fall back on or is it something else?
Liston's first loss was in his 8th fight, when Marty Marshall broke his jaw and decisioned him.
He was already past prime by the time he fought Ali though. He was blocked from a title shot and built up the majority of his signature wins before he even got into the same room as Patterson.
Otherwise, yes, that is probably true to some extent. I'd say it has to do with the aura of invincibility going. Of course there are plenty of exceptions.