"I had told him that this fellow was a very sneaky puncher who could pretend to be hurt and then throw a hard right," Cus said. "He didn't want to be hit with the right so he moved in and clinched." It looked like much more than a clinch.
In that third round Rademacher suffered the first of seven knockdowns. There was no mystery to that. He just missed with a couple of wild swings and was caught with a right to the head. He took a nine-count on his knees, wisely saving himself.
He scored with a hard right to the head and two good rights to the body in the fourth round when, as he relates it, he began to get back his wind. By this time, though, Patterson was beginning to look like his fighting self, retaliating powerfully when stung and putting his punches together. He was hitting harder and sharper. Even a jab caused Rademacher to grimace, and a Patterson left that landed under the heart undoubtedly took steam out of the amateur challenger. Such a heart punch, Tommy Loughran had been saying at lunch before the fight, is not fully felt until the following round. And in the following round Rademacher was knocked down four times.
Every one of the seven knockdown punches in the fight was a right to the head. Rademacher thoughtfully took a nine-count each time. On the second fourth-round knockdown he sat with knees drawn up, staring at the timekeeper, a look of self-disgust on his face. He took the third knockdown count on one knee. The fourth was caused by a right to the back of the head, delivered as he spun away to escape Patterson's mounting fury. At the end of the round Rademacher was backed into a corner trying to dodge a barrage that came from all directions.
The end had been clearly in sight from the third round on, but Rademacher, his massive arms now leaden, insisted on trying. Just before the start of the sixth round, Referee Loughran, who had announced before the fight that he would not permit a TKO asked Rademacher if he wanted to continue. Rademacher grunted that he would. He walked into a left jab, his face became contorted under the impact of a left hook, and he went down once more from a right to the head. He took the count of nine again, resting on one knee.
In action once more, he missed an audacious right and took a left to the head. He actually hit Patterson with a right to the head. In a matter of moments he was down again, victim of a right to the back of the head as he reeled away from a feint. Loughran had counted 10 when Georges Chemeres, Rademacher's trainer, rushed into the ring to stop the fight. It had seemed as if Rademacher just might have risen again. But as the count ended Vice-President Rademacher still was on one knee, struggling upward.
Despite the outcome, Youth Unlimited may have won a financial as well as a moral victory, though the fight netted only $209,556.62 and Patterson's guarantee, put up by 22 friends of the organization, was $250,000. Movies were taken of the fight. Promoter Jack Hurley, that wise, gray showman, guessed the films might be worth a half million dollars to Youth Unlimited, Patterson and Cus D'Amato. Deacon Hurley's guesses are not invariably sharp. He had predicted the fight would draw a capacity crowd of 25,000. It drew 16,961.
But money offers began to come in to Rademacher. Next day he scratched a thoughtful chin when informed that one of his original scorners, the International Boxing Club ( James D. Norris, president), now thought well enough of him to offer $20,000 if he would fight any of four ranking heavyweights at Madison Square Garden in November. The fighters: Eddie Machen, Zora Folley, Willie Pastrano and Alex Miteff. Only the night before Rademacher had given the impression that he was through with fighting.
"Are any of them IBC fighters?" he now asked, pondering the proposition. He explained that "I kind of lean away from the IBC." Advised that all are pretty much in the IBC fold, he decided to think the matter over.
The IBC offer enraged Hurley, a man who knows the value of an attraction. "That $20,000 is an insult," he sputtered. "Chicken feed! This is the new Masked Marvel! No one knows what he looks like, and everyone wants to see him. He would fill up the Garden, which is a haunted house, just fighting a street car conductor."