After the fight Olson strolled away from the arena with Mrs. Olson on his arm, looking cool and collected ($125,-000)—almost exactly like an unimpressive, ordinary citizen who has just wound up his work for the evening and is going out to have a bite with his wife before going home to see the kids and take it easy. Once the decision was announced, in fact, he even had a word for his opponent.
"Good fight," Olson said in an outburst of garrulousness when Castellani had come over to congratulate him on his victory. "I thought so too," Rocky responded politely. Later, soaking an injured left hand in a bucket of ice water and talking easily with reporters who sardined into the enlarged closet used as a dressing room, Castellani referred to the conversational exchange rather wistfully. "You know, I think that was the first time Olson ever talked to me," he said.