By Athol Oakley

The tale of Athol Oakley, one of many maximum wrestlers of our time, and the bloody international of wrestling within the early 1900s. Athol labored himself up from a 5 stone youngster to a fifteen stone global wrestling champion, scuffling with in hundreds of thousands of bouts around the globe.

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To me this was the turning point of my whole career. I had held the reigning world champion to a draw with an American referee whose impartiality was a feature of the fight. I knew then that my ambition to Prove to the world that an English heavyweight could lick the Americans in their own country would come true. Blue Blood On The Mat 37 5. Karl Pojello: Intellectual of the Mat During the events described in the last chapter, arrangements had been completed for my visit to the United States. Mr and Mrs Alfred Pike of Pelham Manor, New York City, had invited me to their house during my stay in America.

Tremendous crowd pullers, fantastic fighters, they make the presentday herd of acrobats look like a mothers’ meeting. While all this had been going on lrslinger had opened up the New Victoria Halls at Nottingham in a very big way and was drawing large crowds. One of our best amateurs had turned professional on my recommendation and I had nicknamed him ‘King’ Curtis, the latter being his real name. King was a heavy, powerful wrestler and a great fighter. Lazzerini, the Nottingham promoter, was to my mind giving too much to Irslinger, and I thought he needed gingering up.

So it has always been since the days of Goliath. 50 Blue Blood On The Mat Primo Carnera, a giant 6 ft 7 in wrestler weighing nineteen stone, had invaded the sacred rights of the glove game and had, in his prime, easily demolished the lot, without knowing much about the art. He punched so hard that in training they made him wear 24 oz gloves. With ordinary boxing gloves he killed Schaaf. After this he lost his nerve. Primo was invincible as a glove fighter, as the world and America found out. But once he had killed a man Primo told me that he could no longer hit hard in case he killed anyone else.

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