Mat Title Match May Set Record

Los Angeles Times – June 11, 1961

A gate record for an indoor wrestling show is a cinch to be set Monday night at the Sports Arena when France’s Edouard Carpentier defends his world heavyweight mat crown against Freddie Blassie.

Promoter Cal Eaton announced Saturday he had over $20,000 in the till and was sure the box office receipts would hit more than $40,000 to smash the present mark of $31,000, set last year by Carpentier and Lou Thesz at the Olympic.

Monday night’s complete card also was announced Saturday by Eaton. Former champion Thesz will meet Cowboy Dick Hutton in the semifinal.

Other matches: Count Billy Varga vs Wild Red Berry; Gene (Big Daddy) Lipscomb vs. Hans Hermann; Zebra Kid vs. Gene LeBell (Judo style); Ricki Starr vs. Don Duffy; Ramon and Alberto Torres vs. Mr. Moto and Mike Sharpe; Reggie Parks vs. Stan Holek; Lord Blears vs. Sam Steamboat.

Something new in wrestling will be tried in the championship bout. At the request of Blassie, two judges will work with the referee and give a decision if need be.

The program starts at 8 p.m., with the title tilt scheduled to go on at 9:45 p.m. There will be no TV or radio.

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