Strangler Lewis To Meet Velcoff Here On Mat

Sacramento Union – December 8, 1931
By Steve George

Edward (Strangler) Lewis, who needs no introduction other than his name to wrestling fans the world over, has finally consented to terms and inducements of local promoters and will display his championship form at Memorial Auditorium next Monday night. The “Strangler” has been matched with Nick Velcoff, the Bulgarian giant who has worked his way into a main-event spot here by a succession of easy triumphs.

Matchmaker Bill Mastin of the Disabled American Veterans, who are undertaking Lewis’ appearance here in their first major attraction since going into the mat promotional business, announces he will have an attractive supporting card for the Lewis-Velcoff match, which is a forerunner to a meeting between Lewis and Doc Visser if Mastin can ever arrange suitable terms with both parties.

Lewis demanded a $2,000 guarantee to tackle Visser here, which Mastin was unable to produce, and the match fell through several times. When Lewis started his campaign two weeks ago in Northern California, he was again sought for Visser, but the arrangements were completed yesterday to the satisfaction of all when Velcoff agreed to take on the champion, with a privilege of getting a crack at Visser later, win, lose or draw.

An opportunity to glimpse the wrestling tactics of a recognized world champion and compare them with the general run of showmanship displayed by men appearing on local cards, will be a first treat for Sacramento fans who have taken kindly to the rough-and-tumble sport. Lewis has met every wrestler of any consequence known to the sport and his defeats have been few and far between. From Jim Londos down, Lewis has triumphed with his famous headlock, a torturous hold in which the Strangler wraps his powerful arms around an opponent’s head and squeezes him into unconsciousness.

Doc Visser will appear on the same card in a semi-windup bout. The supporting card will be announced later.

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