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"How do you feel about going in there to hit a man as hard as you can, as often as you can till he falls down and can't get up. Is there any emotional reaction in it for you?"
He thought it over. "No, no I don't think so. It's competition. I'll just do my best."
"He's one of the best I've ever seen," Kennedy, the trainer, said. "You only have to show him a thing once and he picks it up. He's going to go right to the top."
Dan was first in the ring. He stood quietly while Scott apparently used the old trick of making his opponent wait. The trick had its most telling effect on Scott's manager. Little John Hill looked worried as he jittered in Scott's corner. At last he spotted his tiger talking quietly to a small group seated well off to the side of the auditorium. Hill trotted over to persuade Scott to get into the ring.
Dan was introduced as a fine wrestler making his debut as a boxer. His weight was given as 190, Scott's as 208.
Dan moved out fast with the first bell. He is amazingly fast. Three seconds later Scott was on the floor. He looked puzzled. So did I. He didn't know what hit him. Neither did I. I don't think Dan knew, either. Scott didn't take a count, just bounced right up from the canvas.
Dan moves forward all the time, throwing short, hooking punches. He fought Scott just as he shadowboxes, hitting fast. When he shadowboxes he tries to throw at least one punch a second. He used much the same tempo against Scott. He keeps both hands high and keeps them moving. There were no recognizable combinations, just a steady stream of punches.
When Scott got up Danny moved in again. He threw more punches. Scott went down. He went down and got up and went down and got up and went down and got up and went down and got up. Twice he took an 8-count, but on the other knockdowns Scott came up fast. He never lost his puzzled look in the first round.
The thing moved too fast for any accurate reporting. Mike Culbert of the Wichita Beacon and Bill Hodge of the Wichita Evening Eagle, who sat together at ringside and compared notes, said there were nine knockdowns in the first round. Fred Mendell counted only five. Bob Overaker of the Wichita Morning Eagle said there were eight. Charlie Lutkie, the referee, a racing driver and professional wrestler, counted eight. I lost track after seven. Scott couldn't say for sure. He wasn't keeping score.