Scott won the fifth round, then coasted through the sixth and seventh, which he lost on all cards. From Round 8 on, he resumed command and never let up. Always it was the same: inside and savage. At the end, with his corner screaming for him to go for a knockout, Gregory was barely able to hang on.
"From the third round on," said Scott, "he wasn't trying to win the fight. He was just trying not to get hurt."
The decision was unanimous; only the referee, Tony Perez, saw it close. He gave it to Scott 6-4 with two rounds even. Judge Harold Lederman had it 9-2-1 and judge Ernie Durando called it 9-3. And, naturally, the elated Scott called for a title fight with Rossman. "It won't go four rounds," he said.
On the way out of Rahway, Jimmy DiPiano, Rossman's father and manager, said, "It's going to take an awful awful lot of money before I'll let my son in the same ring with that monster."