El Paso Herald – May 21, 1920
Ready To Battle Champ Brown
PET BROWN may be the favorite over Henry Irslinger and he may be returned the victor, but it will only be accomplished after one of the most grueling and hotly contested battles in the history of El Paso wrestling.
They Like Irslinger.
Such is the opinion of El Paso fans who witnessed the big easterner go through his paces Friday afternoon on the lawn just west of Liberty hall. Irslinger arrived in the city late Thursday night and was taken care of by matchmaker John McIntosh until he got his bearings and was ready to train before the El Paso fans Friday afternoon. Despite his long trip on the train he showed speed, strength and probably more science than has been exhibited in El Paso since the days of little Matty Matsuda.
Brown has advised matchmaker “Johnny Mac” that he will arrive here Saturday afternoon. The big fellow has been sparring with his partners for several days past and as only a week has elapsed since he defeated Charles Rentrop he is in excellent condition and ready to go any distance. Brown is a road contractor and wrestles only for amusement and has not taken the game as a profession.
However, he readily agreed to the offer of the El Paso association officials of a good purse to meet the rugged Irslinger in a finish contest.
Pet Is Determined.
The match will be the second of a series in which Pet intends to participate in his comeback to the padded mattress. His first contest was with Rentrop when he toppled the big Alsatian in one hour and 50 minutes. Rentrop could not come back to the mat after the first fall and the match was awarded to Brown. He now scales around 165 pounds, about the same weight as Irslinger, and it is doubtful if a pound difference exists in the weights of the two wrestling stars.
Tickets were placed on sale several days ago and are going fast. The reputation of Irslinger as one of the best of his weight in the world, coupled with the natural popularity of Brown as a Texan and his well known ability, have resulted in much enthusiasm in the coming match.