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"I tell you one thing," Ingemar said. "I will not fight in September. There is not enough time to get ready. What can they do if I do not fight? Take away my money? The Government would get it anyway. I would not have done this exhibition tour if I had my money. It was hard work, I tell you, but it cost me a lot of money to go over to the States so I had to do it.
"I am tired now and I have to rest. I do not train.
"No, I am not going to America right away. Kahn [ Irving B. Kahn, president of TelePrompTer] called me up last night and said that I had agreed to go to America in August. I told him I had never said that. We talked and at the end he said he had put it down on tape. I do not like that. I do not know this Kahn but I do not like that.
"I hear they say that maybe they won't fight in New York because they have better offers from other cities. I know why they want to fight in another city—because of Davidow. [Harry Davidow, the Brooklyn luncheonette owner Cus D'Amato tried to force on Johansson as his 10% American manager. The New York State Athletic Commission threw out the arrangement, but D'Amato is understood to have received assurances from another state boxing commission that it would recognize the Davidow contract provided D'Amato took the fight away from New York.]
"I tell you another thing. I will not fight again unless this Davidow thing is pushed aside finally. I know the New York commission is on my side. They are for me.
"I hear D'Amato say that it is not up to Ingemar. D'Amato is being childish. I liked him and the way he talked the first few times we met. He say everything is for the boy. Everything is not for the boy. Maybe it is not for the money but it is for prestige. He told me that being manager of the heavyweight champion is the most important thing."
Ingemar smiled his knowledgeable smile.
"I do not know what is going on but I do not like the way they think they can push me around. If they think they can push me around, I warn them, like I told you the other time we talked: they are going to be in for trouble. I am not a big man but I am the champion.
"They cannot push Bill Rosensohn around any more, either. What he did before, I know it was because they pushed him. I want to give Floyd another chance and I want to fight him because it means a lot of money, but I don't fight for Kahn and D'Amato. They cannot make me."
Eddie Ahlquist, the shrewd promoter who guided Ingemar's career from his amateur days, also talked in the cocktail lounge of Goteborg's Park Avenue Hotel, where he sipped on a glass of straight quinine water.