Alfred has two matches scheduled in December. The first is against a fighter named Barnes who is not as quick as Griffin or as strong as Rivera but is a rough customer who fights dirty. Donatelli's approach is to have Alfred stick and move, punishing Barnes while staying away from him. Alfred defends himself but offers very little offense. The fight is a draw. Back at the gym after the fight, Donatelli tells Alfred that it is time to quit boxing; but Alfred insists that he must fight one more time.Lipsyte uses this fight to show that Alfred does not belong in the ring. Alfred is reluctant to hit Barnes because he keeps thinking of Griffin twitching on the canvas after Alfred knocked him out in his previous fight. When the crowd boos the boring performance, Alfred dismisses the fans as bloodthirsty louts.
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