By Athol Oakley
The tale of Athol Oakley, one of many maximum wrestlers of our time, and the bloody global of wrestling within the early 1900s. Athol labored himself up from a 5 stone teen to a fifteen stone international wrestling champion, scuffling with in hundreds of thousands of bouts all over the world.
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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.
The bell went and two seconds later I was flat on my back from a right cross, bare fist. Davis stopped the fight and said to Boganski, ‘Now listen to me, George. This isn’t a prize fight and in this country we do not allow the use of the bare fist. ’ Not understanding Russian, Boganski’s rejoinder to this made no impression on us. The fight continued. In the course of it I got all Boganski said I would. In one round he held me in a short-arm scissors like a vice and then hit me time and again in the face and stomach till my head reeled and I really wished myself dead.
A good-looking Hercules came over and drawled, ‘Hiya. I’m Berger. Casey Berger. ’ He smiled, then ambled away with the measured gate of a Southerner. This then was Casey Berger. He looked all that Karl had said he was. I continued thinking: ‘This is a strong and determined man. I must not be fooled by that smile. Casey is not going to take any chances against a little fifteen-stoner. My only chance of winning will be speed and a ferocious attack—as rough as possible, a l’Irslinger, and right from the start.
Blue Blood on the Mat by Athol Oakley