Originally Posted by House of Stone
No, Liston thought he would KO him in one or two rounds, and after the famous weigh in, Joe Louis amoungst others went and placed a massive bet on liston to win early. Everybody especially Sunny thought it would be an easy fight for him.
His training for the fight was as a result medicore ... kinda going through the motions but not pushing himself that hard. The real balls of the Liston Clay fights is that we missed what could have been a truly epic rematch. Liston got himself into perhaps the best shape of his career for the rematch (well the best shape he possibly could at his age) but then Ali got a stomach ulcer (or something similiar) and had to be rushed to hospital the fight was postponed and Liston went into depression. He started drinking again and his training went to pot. He was even getting beat up in sparring before the rematch so much so that they had to switch out sparring partners cause they were giving him too rough a time and bring in complete bums for him to beat up on. (I know Dempsy used to bring in bums for his last few days of sparring so he could beat the crap out of them and knock them all over the place to boost his confidence - but this was different, they had to bring them in cause Sunny was in such crap condition)
Even worse than a stomach ulcer, Ali got a hernia. He said it was the most pain he had ever suffered in his groin......