Evan “Strangler” Lewis Shows Mean Streak

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     Evan “Strangler” Lewis, also called Evan Lewis “the Strangler”, was a professional wrestler from 1882 to 1899.  Lewis was the first American Heavyweight Catch-as-Catch Can Wrestling Champion.  He was also the first wrestler to perfect the stranglehold or rear naked choke.      Lewis made his professional debut by winning a 64 man tournament in May 1882.  Lewis won the

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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

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