Jim Londos Will Return To Mat Game

Associated Press – February 5, 1936

CHICAGO – Jimmy Londos, Greek philosopher with a strong mind and a strong back, has decided to return to the wrestling wars after an eight-month layoff since losing the world heavyweight championship to the 23-year-old Irishman, Danno O’Mahoney.

Since his broad shoulders were pinned to the mat by O’Mahoney last June, Londos has not engaged in a match or an exhibition. He’s done nothing but rest. Now, he desires to determine his mental attitude toward a “comeback.” If he finds the sport has the same old lure, he plans to continue in the hope of regaining the title. Otherwise he will quit for good.

To determine his mental attitude, he plans engaging in several exhibition matches, the first of which will be in Detroit Friday night.

The 37-year-old Greek, who does not look any older than 25, made known his decision today at a conference to which newspaper writers had been called.

Londos explained he had three reasons for returning to the sport.

“First,” he said, “my absence from the game has pleased my enemies too well. It is my intention from now on to cause them trouble and worry.

“Secondly, I need to earn money.

“Third, I can wrestle better than I can do anything else.”

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