Thesz, Gomez In Title Match Friday

Houston Chronicle – February 24, 1957

World heavyweight wrestling champion Louis Thesz defends his title and belt against a man who already holds a victory over him when he meets Texas champion Pepper Gomez in the main event at the City Auditorium Friday night.

Gomez earned the right to face Thesz by his battle with El Medico last week and also earned it on the basis of his record. The last time he faced Thesz he won a conclusive victory over the big St. Louis star and ousted him out of the No. 2 spot in the nation’s ratings.

Gomez will go into the ring full of confidence on Friday. Since his last battle with Thesz he has had the advantage of coaching by Lou’s former manager, Strangler Lewis, and he expects the things he learned from Ed to pay big dividends in Friday’s fracas.

Friday’s six-match card is at the City Auditorium due to the fact that the rodeo occupies the Coliseum. But promoter Morris Sigel has made the bill of Coliseum proportions.

In the semifinal an international slugging bee will take place when Oriental Tokyo Joe matches his chops and chokes against the rough wrestling of Irish Danny McShane.

In the balance of the prelims Bobby Managoff battles Iron Mike in the promising special event with Managoff out after main event recognition.

The Bulldog faces 552-pound Country Boy Calhoun who is rapidly assuming the proportions of a legend here.

Joe (Killer) Christy tries his wallops against sturdy Dirty Don Evans in the second bout.

Larry Chene will leap into action in the opener against Mad Maurice Vachon.

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