The small cut on
the bridge of Cobb's nose is nothing to worry about, but Singleton's punch with
puffy training gloves also has reopened an old split on Randall's chin. Not a
deep cut, but enough to warrant two stitches. The strategic message is clear
enough: Cobb cuts easily. No fighter may be able to knock him down or out, much
less make him want to quit. But a cut goes deeper than will or desire. All the
swarming, all the hard, accurate punches can't stop a ringside doctor from
ending a fight when a boxer is bleeding badly.
"If you screw
up in the ring," Cobb reiterates, "it ain't 15-love, Darlin'. I'll just
have to get him before he cuts me."
And this time
you're right, old Buffalo Breath!