"It was like a replay of Rocky," Leonard said later. "I hit him so many combinations and he still didn't go down. He was the courageous underdog and he was still in there at the end. Vega is a champion, too."
The three officials gave every round to Leonard. The shutout was witnessed by 10,270 who paid $72,320. Adding Grasmick's $10,000 and CBS' $10,000 brought Leonard's share to $40,044. There's no telling how much he might have taken home if he had ever made it to the Chinese restaurant.
No matter. He'll get another chance on April 2 in Baltimore. Grasmick has already put up the first $10,000, and Jimmy Carter will get another invitation.