Associated Press – January 18, 1908
CHICAGO – By terms just closed with the Florida State Mid-Winter Fair Association, Fred M. Barnes, of Chicago, will handle and promote the biggest wrestling tournament ever attempted in America. The tourney will take place at Tampa, Fla., for eight days, February 8 to 15 inclusive. At an estimated expense of not less than $20,000, mat artists from all parts of the world will be invited to participate in these events.
Associated with Barnes will be Jack Curley, Nate Lewis and Joe Coffey, all of Chicago. Barnes is a man of means and has had much experience in handling big sporting events.
Frank Gotch, champion of America; Fred Beell, lightweight champion; Dr. B.F. Roller, the famous Seattle heavyweight; Leo Pardello, Italian champion; Martin Burns, better known as “Farmer” Burns; Hjalmar Lundin, champion of Sweden; William Demetral, the Greek demon; Tom Winklehoffer, the Austrian Hercules; Jess Westergaard, the Great Dane; Wakita, the powerful Japanese; Carl Pons, champion of France; Oscar Wassem, Charles Olson and Charles Hackenschmidt will all be entered in this great tournament. Entries will close February 1.