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Blue Blood on the Mat by Athol Oakley

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By Athol Oakley

The tale of Athol Oakley, one of many maximum wrestlers of our time, and the bloody international of wrestling within the early 1900s. Athol labored himself up from a 5 stone youngster to a fifteen stone international wrestling champion, battling in hundreds of thousands of bouts world wide.

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Captain Oakeley was the society idol of Great Britain, where his position is secure by being the nephew of Sir Charles Oakeley and in of the Duke of Atholl. He possesses a splendid physique, is an aristocrat in appearance and is in the wrestling game for the love of the sport. ’ The other American newspapers carried similar stories. But British newspapers not one line. ’ We never found a line in any other British newspaper. The reason might well have been that which was printed by the or: ‘I don’t like the game AND I HOPE IT DOES NOT CATCH ON OVER HERE.

I met Pojello at George Bothner’s gym. Bothner, ex-lightweight champion wrestler of the world, was then around ninety and wrestling daily to keep fit. The gym was full of fighting celebrities, and amongst those I met was Jack Johnson, the greatest of all heavyweight boxers, now aged seventy. No boxer there could land a glove on him. He offered five Blue Blood On The Mat 45 dollars to anyone who could punch him on the nose. No one succeeded. That was the class of fighter in those days. Compared with Johnson (and I have seen them all) modern boxers are amateurs.

Afterwards he said to Sherman he never could understand how I survived the first ten-minute round. But I did. Irslinger however put colossal efforts in the second and, in the third, pinned me flat to the bloodspattered canvas. Zbyszko held up his hand. Henri, scowling at the ear-splitting boos of the partisan crowd, walked to his corner and was swathed in towels. ), came out for the fourth ten-minute round and tried something I had never seen before: an ankle lock plus grapevine. I went down like a felled ox, twisted, and crawled under the ropes.

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