Terrible Turk’s Horrible Foul of Roeber

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     Ernest Roeber was an accomplished Greco-Roman wrestler.  William Muldoon, the World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion from 1880 to 1889, wanted Roeber to take over from him as World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion.  However, the world title would continue to be disputed until George Hackenschmidt won several Greco-Roman Tournaments in Europe during 1901.      Yusuf Ismail, the Terrible Turk, was

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Lewis Takes Title Back from Munn

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     On the same day Joe Stetcher wrestled Stanislaus Zbyszko for the recognized version of the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship in St. Louis, Ed “Strangler” Lewis challenged “Big” Wayne Munn for his disputed Michigan-Illinois World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship.  Lewis dropped the title to Munn in February 1925.  In April 1925, Zbyszko defeated Munn in a famous double-cross.  The match between

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Hack and Zbyszko Battle to Draw

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     At the beginning of 1911, the wrestling public considered three men to be the greatest challenge to reigning World Champion Frank Gotch.  Former champion George Hackenschmidt, Stanislaus Zbyszko and “The Terrible Turk” Yussif Mahmout wanted the chance to beat Gotch.      Gotch, who was nobody’s fool, decided to take some of the starch out of his challengers

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Stetcher and Zbyszko Complete Deal

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     On December 13, 1920, Ed “Strangler” Lewis defeated Joe Stetcher for his World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship.  Professional wrestling was a staged exhibition by 1920.  However, such was the strong feelings between the men that the match may have been a “shoot” or legitimate match in which Lewis took the belt.      Whether the outcome of the match

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Heenan Loses to King in Last Bout

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     John Camel Heenan was known to 19th Century bare knuckle prizefighting fans as “the Benicia Boy”.  Despite an 0-1-1 record as a professional fighter, Heenan claimed the World Prizefighting Championship based on a draw with Tom Sayer in an 1860 English prize-fight.      Heenan’s first professional fight had been with the reigning World Heavyweight Prizefighting Champion John

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Morrissey vs. Poole Revised and On Sale

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     We recently revised my second combat sports history book, Morrissey vs. Poole: Politics, Prizefighting and The Murder of Bill the Butcher.  I enjoyed researching and writing this book more than my other titles because it crosses the 19th Century bare knuckle prizefighting world, New York City politics as well as national politics.      World Bare Knuckle Prizefighting Champion

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Zbyszko Double Crosses Trio

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     Rarely does one fundamentally alter their profession but Stanislaus Zbyszko did just that on April 15, 1925 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Zbyszko defeated Wayne Munn in one of the last shoot (not staged) professional wrestling matches in the United States.  It was a shoot or legitimate match because Zbyszko double crossed the “Goldust Trio” wrestling promotion and beat Munn

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