Chapter 7 Summary

Madison Square Garden is amazing to Alfred; he is stunned at how huge the venue is. The ring is in the center of a circle of seats rising up to the ceiling under hundreds of spotlights, and its ropes are wrapped in red velvet. Their seats are ten rows away from the ring.

A man wearing a tuxedo enters the ring and asks everyone to rise for the national anthem. A boy from the gym known as Jelly Belly teases Alfred for wearing a suit and tie, but when Alfred self-consciously starts to loosen his tie, he tells him not to do that because they “need a little class.” Willie Streeter is Donatelli’s fighter, and he has been touted as the next champion.

The preliminary fights begin, and Alfred struggles to...

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