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DAN HODGE: BOXER
Don Granger
November 18, 1957
America's best wrestler has turned boxer—here is the story of his amateur debut the other night before a Kansas fight crowd
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November 18, 1957

Dan Hodge: Boxer

America's best wrestler has turned boxer—here is the story of his amateur debut the other night before a Kansas fight crowd

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"You want to go on as a boxer?"

"Yes, I sure do."

A bloated middleweight

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 to you?"

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 Missouri.

The auditorium 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," she said.

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