Mat Aces Stir Promoters’ Feud

St. Paul Pioneer Press – March 20, 1941

Another chapter in the feud between two rival mat factions will be written at the St. Paul Auditorium tomorrow night when Bronko Nagurski, the world’s champion, and Lou Thesz, one of his leading challengers, clash on the Amateur Aid Fund card.

Nagurski is Tony Stecher’s man and Thesz is managed by Tom Packs, veteran St. Louis promoter. Tony and Tom have battled it out for years, not only for the best attractions but with men they’ve handled.

Packs was in Ed (Strangler) Lewis’ corner that night in St. Louis when big Ed beat Joe Stecher for the world’s title and that was Round No. 1 for Tom.

It was Tony’s fate to wait more than a decade to get even and that was when Bronko belted Thesz out of the ring in Houston in June 1939 to win the NWA title.

One of them figures to move ahead Friday night. It’s Bronko’s first defense of the title he regained from Steele little over a week ago and nothing would please Packs any more than to have Thesz push the big Nag right off the throne before he even gets through receiving congratulations.

Rudy Strongberg has a little matter to even up with Jim Wright in the semi-windup, too. Wright beat the popular German in Minneapolis on the Nagurski-Steele card, but Rudy says he can’t do it again.

Other bouts send Ralph Garibaldi against Walter Podolak and Stan Myslajek against Steve Brody.

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