El Paso Herald – May 12, 1920
Claimant Of 158 Pound Title And Irslinger, Former Champion Will Be Next Headliner Card At Liberty Hall, Says Matchmaker; Will Meet At The Middleweight Limit.
WAINO KETONEN, Omaha, Neb., the city which has produced more high class wrestlers than any other place of its size in the world will meet Henry Irslinger, of Chicago, in El Paso within the next three weeks in a renewal of the crap for the middleweight title.
Ketonen Is Good One.
Chris Jordan’s defence of his prestige as a claimant of the world’s wrestling crown Tuesday night when he threw husky Charles Rentrop at the middleweight limit has caused matchmaker Johnny McIntosh, of the El Paso association to go out and get the best material in the country for local fans. Ketonen and Irslinger, who are now engaged in the east have never met before and it is the intention of McIntosh to put them on here at the middleweight limit and the winner meet Jordan in a finish scrap for the middleweight belt.
Jordan is ready and willing to meet either of the two boys, but as the fans have expressed a desire to see Ketonen and Irslinger in action and the winner then meet the husky Grecian star, there is little doubt but that this match will be the next one on the local mat. McIntosh is negotiating with Matty Matsuda and Jack Reynolds for a finish contest here for the world’s welterweight title and this is one of the all star contests which he has planned for the summer months.
Reynolds has already agreed to terms and “Mac” is now waiting to close with Matsuda, who is at his home in Cleveland.
Matty Still After Him.
This match is causing universal endorsement as both men are well known all over the country. Reynolds has defeated Matsuda previously, but it required some time for the welter champion to cinch the victory. In fact the match was so close that Matsuda has asked for another chance to settle the question of supremacy and it appears as if the match will be staged in El Paso.
Rentrop will leave El Paso within the next day or two for Houston, where he is billed to meet Pet Brown, the retired middleweight champion at catchweights. As Charlie is at his best when scaling around 165 pounds the match should be an interesting one. He desires another chance at Jordan and has issued a challenge to the Greek champion for a bout at catchweights.