Chapter 18 Summary

Barnes is Alfred’s next opponent. He is not as quick as Griffin or as strong as Rivera, but he is “rough and dirty in the clinches.” Barnes stomps on Alfred’s toes, pounds his kidneys, and holds his arms. Donatelli screams for Alfred to break away from Barnes, but Alfred’s legs feel heavy and his feet feel as if they are glued to the canvas.

The crowd boos, but Alfred does not care. He halfheartedly jabs out of habit, and only then to keep Barnes at a distance. When Barnes tries to duck away from the jab and stumbles, putting his face a mere six inches from Alfred’s right glove, Henry screams at Alfred to punch Barnes; but in a flash Alfred sees Griffin’s “twitching body” and does not throw the punch....

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