Cut to a hospital ward. Numerous doctors and nurses are
listening to the radio.
Radio Voice: And there's Frank Sinatra leaving the ring.
Behind him is George Raft, another great boxing fan, Martin Bormann,
acknowledging the applause, and with him of course is Gus Himmler,
who did an awful lot for the sport in his country in the early
1940s. And here comes the Champ now and he seems in good shape to
meet the Killer once again. Before an audience, some of them will
have paid $920,000 million for the privilege of seeing this boy get
beaten up. And there's the bell.
Patient: (having a heart attack on the bed in the
Radio Voice: And a left and a right and a right jab that's
taken the Champ's shoulder off. And here's the Killer again with a
right and another left and a bash with a hammer and a terrific smack
with a heavy thud right into the skull and there's a gaping hole
right through the Champ's body now. And now the Killer's working on
the cut eye with a series of beautifully placed punches and the
head's coming loose. (the doctors and nurses getting increasingly
excited) The Champ must try and keep his head on. The Killer's
kicked him in the groin and he's bitten half his left buttock off
and the referee's stepped in with a warning there. What a plucky
fighter this Champ is. He's fighting as well as I've ever seen him.
Must be losing blood at a rate of a pint a second now. It's
everywhere. Certainly those who paid one and a half million dollars
for those ringside seats are really getting their money's worth.
They're covered in it. And his head's off! (everyone cheers)
His head that's come off in so many fights is off in the
thirty-first second. It's rolled away down to the left ... but
what's happening? The Killer's being talked to by the referee.
There's the Champ ... plucky little body racing around the ring,
trying to find his opponent. And the Killer has been disqualified.
(pandemonium breaks out in the ward - some patients cheering,
doctors thumping them in disagreement) He's been disqualified
... this great fighter who has killed more than twenty people in his
career has at last been defeated by this courageous headless little
southpaw from New York. And there's a great roar here as the referee
raises the arm of the new World Heavyweight Champion. What a pity
the rest of his body wasn't there to see it. (general
disappointment; someone changes channels)
Second Radio Voice: Well here in London it's 12.30 and
time for `The Robinsons'. (everyone perks up) An everyday
story of bla-di-bl-di-bla ... (sings `Archers' theme tune) da
di da di da di da ... and so on.