Ketchel Starches Sullivan

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     Mike “Twin” Sullivan claimed the Welterweight World Boxing Championship, when he decisioned Honey Mellody in April 1907.  Possessing both heavy hands and better than normal boxing skills, Sullivan claimed victories over the great Joe Gans and future Welterweight World Boxing Champion Harry Lewis during his career.  Lewis won the welterweight title, when Sullivan could no longer make the

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Ringer Throws Wasem

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     On Saturday, November 25, 1899, St. Louis wrestling fans experienced a shock, when a visiting wrestler easily threw local champion Oscar Wasem in a little over 20 minutes.  After the easy victory, fans smelled a rat, when the “Indianapolis Cyclone” spoke with a Lancashire accent.      Oscar Wasem surpassed George Baptiste as St. Louis’ wrestling champion in

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Zbyszko Defeats Westergard

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     On January 10, 1912, Stanislaus Zbyszko continued his campaign for another title shot with World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Frank Gotch.  To press his claim, he secured a match with Gotch training partner and protegé, Jake Westergard.  Westergard claimed a questionable win over his mentor Gotch, who probably dropped the match to Westergard in a prearranged match.    

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Irish Giant Bashes Wormald

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     On October 29, 1868, “Irish Giant” Ned O’Baldwin and English prizefighter Joe Wormald met in a bare knuckle prize-fight outside of Boston in Lynnville, Massachusetts.  O’Baldwin stood 6’06” tall and weighed around 220 pounds.  Possessed of a violent disposition, O’Baldwin had the perfect attitude for the ring but poor social skills outside of it.      Fans of

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