Great match-up. Probably and all-time stare down. Honestly, I have never thought of Dempsey as much of a swarmer. He swarmed Willard because he had him hurt and did not want to let him up.
Dempsey is a boxer-puncher. If Jack did not hit hard, he still would have been great. Slipped and ducked shots, rolled his shoulders, and stayed on his toes. The first time you watched the Willard bout you are a lying ass if, you expected Jack to be dancing around looking for angles. However he did hit hard as hell and was fast as hell.
Liston was sweet to me. Jab first and would use that if that is all it took. Not much head movement, but he really did not need it. Enter at you own risk. Liston was like a heavyweight Arguello. Every friggin' punch in the book and knew when to throw them. Possibly the hardest puncher heavyweights have ever seen. In any case not much separates his and Foreman power except the way it was delivered. On and silver dish: Liston, or shoved down your throat: Foreman.
Now, I feel Liston controlls the pace from the out set. Jack will weave in and out looking for a opening. Maybe he connects with something early but rarely. Liston is getting good range with the jab.
I feel they good about five rounds like this until Jack takes and huge risk, gives as good as he get, then gets KO'ed. I know Jack can out work Liston, but, I don't see it.
Liston in 8.