Too Tall Jones retired from football, everybody knows, to become a boxer, and here we have James Scott, the Rahway Rocker, unretiring already. Last week, long-term convict Scott "quit" because the World Boxing Association stripped him of his No. 2 light-heavyweight ranking on grounds he could not fight outside the New Jersey state prison. He has changed his mind and go ahead with his Oct. 27 and Dec. 1 bouts at the prison against Jerry Celestine and Yaqui Lopez, both on national television. Evidently Scott's real fight was with promoter Murad Muhammand of Newark, who retorts that the inmate is an "ingrate" . . .

No wonder we couldn't ge excited about the flak from Johannesburg prior to the John Tate-Gerrie Coetzee Oct. 20 Pretoria bout for the WBA heavyweight title -- promoter Bob Arum's hand-picked publicity agents Irving Rudd and Jay Edson being run out of the Coetzee camp, because Arum is too pro-Tate, and the saga of Coetzee's "bionic, unbreakable fist." Seems Coetzee broke both his wrists some time back while defeating fellow South African Mike Schutte; the doctor who operated on Coetzee fused the bones in his wrist and now says his right hand, permanently balled into a fist, "can punch a brick wall and won't break." Tate's trainer demanded X-rays to make sure the South African has a "legal" fist. Etc., etc. . . . and do we detect the fine drum-beating hands of Messrs. Rudd after all? . . .