They went at it, two legends toe-to-toe like Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Round after brutal round, they slugged it out, a street brawl without art or finesse.
Rogers, her eyes swollen shut, blood oozing from a thousand wounds, slumped exhausted in her corner.
"You'll go blind, Ginger," pleaded her trainer and dance partner, Fred Astaire. "Let me throw in the towel!"
"Cut me!" she snapped. The fight went on.
With eight hours to go, Ginger Rogers leads defending champion Irene Dunne, 238-202.