Animation: Ends with a poster `Boxing Tonight! The Killer vs.
The Champ. 15 Rounds'.
Cut to a dressing room at Madison Square Gardens, table, chairs,
towels, and the usual paraphernalia. Noise of a crowd outside. The door
opens and in comes Mr Gabriello, and two assistants carrying a boxer
on a stretcher. Smoke, action, excitement come in with them.
Mr Gabriello (Michael)
That was a great fight, Champ, a great fight, you hear! Oh boy,
what a fight, Champ, what a great fight! You nearly had him, Champ,
you nearly had him … where's his head?
First Assistant (?)
I got it in here, Mr Gabriello.
He holds up a carrier bag. Gabriello goes over to it, looks inside
and shouts into it.
You were great, Champ, d'you hear, you were great!
(looking in the bag) He's got a nasty cut over his eye.
Yeah, I think it was a mistake him wearing spectacles. (gives
the bag o the assistant) Oh well, get that sewn onto his body
in time for the press pictures.
OK, Mr Gabriello.
(to second assistant) Wasn't he great my boy?
Second Assistant (Eric)
He was great, Mr Gabriello.
The way he kept fighting after his head came off!
He was better when the head came off, Mr Gabriello. He was really
dodging the guy.
Yeah, I reckon that if he could've lasted till the end of that
first minute, he would've had the Killer worried.
Sure, Mr Gabriello.
Oh he was great. Did you see his left arm?
OK, we'll look around the hall after everybody's gone.
Do you realize Mr Gabriello, some of those guys out there paid
over £2,000 for a ringside seat.
And where did the head land? Right at the back, that's justice…
(the door opens; a black cleaner comes in) What d'you want?
The cleaner holds up a carrier bag.
Black Man (Terry G.)
This your boy's head?
No, no, we've got his head. He ain't hurt that bad.
(looking in the bag) Hey, that's Gerry Marinello. He
fought the Killer last week.
OK, give it to me. I'm seeing his trainer tomorrow. I'll give
it to him.
The cleaner is ushered out.
Hey, Mr Gabriello. The press is still outside. Are you ready
How's the Champ?
(working away with needle and thread) Well, the head's
on OK. But there's still a left arm missing.
OK, well keep the dressing gown kinda loose, OK. (Gabriello
goes to door and opens it) OK boys, come on in!
The press surge in. The fighter is propped up.
First Reporter (Terry J.)
Hey Mr Gabriello, Mr Gabriello. Did you expect your boy to last
the full twenty-eight seconds?
This boy has never let me down. He's the pluckiest goddamn fighter
I've ever trained.
Second Reporter (Carol)
Were you worried when his head started to come loose?
No, no, we were expecting that. I told them to expect it to
and it did. He ain't stupid.
Hey, can we have a word with the Champ?
Yeah OK. But keep the questions simple.
Hey Champ! How're you feeling?
(angrily) I said keep the questions simple!
Mr Gabriello. People are saying that the kid ought to be buried.
His head's come off in the last six fights.
There's no question of burying the kid. He's just reaching the
Well, shouldn't he just stay in hospital?
No, he ain't going to no hospital. He's got the return fight
Shot of the `New York Times' headline `Champ to be kept alive
for big return'.
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