Chicago Tribune – August 6, 1954
By Frank Mastro
Verne Gagne will put his United States television heavyweight championship on the block against Roy McClarity in the main event of tonight’s wrestling show in International Amphitheater.
The Illinois Athletic Commission, under whose supervision the bout will be held, has not given official recognition. However, this doesn’t mean anything to the 9,000 expected to pay $25,000 for the privilege of seeing the match. The card:
Verne Gagne vs. Roy McClarity, two of three falls; Art Neilsen and Reggie Lisowski vs. Pat O’Connor and Yukon Eric, two of three falls, one hour limit (Australian tag team match).
Little Beaver vs. Tom Thumb, midgets; Tommy Martindale vs. Bob Orton, and Al Warshawsky vs. Benito Gardini, each one fall, 30-minute limit.