Thug Beats World Champ in Street Brawl

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On July 26, 1854, the bare knuckle champion John Morrissey met occasional bare knuckle fighter William Poole in a no rules street brawl.  What followed would be the worst five minutes of John Morrissey’s life. On October 23, 1853, the 22-year-old Morrissey beat Yankee Sullivan for the world bare knuckle championship in a disputed decision.  Sullivan actually knocked Morrissey out

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Professor Yamashita Comes to America in 1902

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Sam Hill, a Seattle businessman, brought Professor Yoshiaki Yamashita to the United States in 1902.  Professor Yamashita intended to help spread Dr. Jigoro Kano’s relatively new martial art of Judo.  Accompanying Professor Yamashita was his student Mitsuyo Maeda.  Maeda would go on to teach Carlos Gracie in Brazil.  The Gracies modified the techniques into the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Over

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William Muldoon Defeats Local Wrestler in 1884

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     William Muldoon, the World Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion and physical culture proponent, came to Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 15, 1884 to face the local wrestler Fred Bauer.  The match took place at the local Turnvereine Hall in Los Angeles.  Muldoon was so confident of victory that he stipulated that he would throw Bauer ten times within an hour or

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Wrestling Champion Tries Boxing

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     On Tuesday, January 19, 1909, Dr. Benjamin Roller, a Seattle physician and pro wrestler who was good enough to win the American Heavyweight Championship, inexplicably decided to try his hand at professional boxing.  His opponent was friend and sparring partner, “Denver” Ed Martin, who would win the Colored World Heavyweight Boxing Championship.      Dr. Benjamin Franklin Roller

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Gotch Beats Lurich in His Last Match

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Frank Gotch was famous for defeating George Hackenschmidt, the world champion wrestler and weightlifter in 1908 and the 1911 rematch.  Gotch held the title for five years and defeated all comers.  At the relatively young age of 35, Gotch decided to retire.  For his last match, he would take on another famous European wrestler and weightlifter, George Lurich. George Lurich

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Paul Pons, Maker of Wrestling Stars

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     Paul Pons was the Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion of France in the 1890s.  He won a tournament at the Folies-Bergeres before winning a tournament in Russia in 1898.  This victory allowed him to claim the World Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship.  Pons capitalized on this notoriety by opening a gym to train wrestlers and strong men.      Pons’ victory was particularly remarkable

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William Muldoon Uses Long Copy to Sell Olympia

     How often have you heard it best to use short copy or long copy for Internet marketing.  Some proponents advocate short copy, some advocate long and some try to strike a middle ground.  It seems everyone has an opinion though.  One person who believed in the use of long copy for selling his services was William Muldoon.  

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