"You want to
go on as a boxer?"
"Yes, I sure
In the Scott
dressing room there were loud explanations. "I haven't been in a ring in
three years," he told the lone friend who listened, upping the absence by a
year. "I'm not afraid of that boy. He's strong and fast but I'm just a
middleweight 38 pounds overweight. When I get in shape I'll fight him again,
you'll see. Hey, did you think that was a tank job, did it look like a tanker
I said I had
never seen anything like it.
Although he had
been hit an uncounted number of times about the face and head there were no
marks on Scott's face or body. He had bled slightly at the nose just after the
fight but the bleeding was quite minor and easily controlled. He was in good
spirits. "I better quit talkin' and get dressed or my wife will give me
another whip-pin'," he said.
There is no doubt
that if he continues, Hodge will be one of the most exciting heavies to watch.
There is also no doubt that at this stage his ability is untested and unknown.
Nothing in this fight with Scott, who is a rolling, bobbing, weaving clown,
proves anything except that Hodge is strong and fast, eager and willing,
innocent and totally unafraid.
His backers are
trying to line up an amateur card for him every two weeks. The problem will be
to find opponents. Kansas produces hardly more amateur heavyweights than it
does aardvarks; so Freeman is planning to take Dan into nearby Oklahoma and
emptied after the fight. Dan's wife waited for him with a little group of
admirers. Her eyes were still bright with excitement and it was hard for her to
stand in one spot.
"If I'd known
it was going to be this simple I would never have worried for a minute,"