Winner Of Match Tonight Will Be Heavy Champion

Wichita Eagle – June 20, 1938

Everett Marshall, La Junta, Colo., will wrestle Lee Wyckoff in a bout to determine the world’s heavyweight championship under supervision of the Kansas athletic commission tonight at Lawrence Stadium.

Both Marshall and Wyckoff completed their training Sunday afternoon, each appearing in public workouts.

Before the title bout takes place, Lawrence Stadium will be transformed from a baseball plant into a wrestling arena. In other words, the ring is to be constructed near home plate and ringside seats are being added on all sides.

The Kansas athletic commission also must announce the referee for the championship bout this afternoon. Those close to the situation say that Frank Gilleece, state athletic commissioner, has named Lou Spangle, Missouri official, but this could not be confirmed last night at Topeka.

About 5,000 seats at the stadium are being offered at the minimum price and N.B. Stauffer, head of the ticket sales, believes the largest crowd that has attended a title bout here in history will be present.

Due to the fact that the Kansas commission has suspended the 12 o’clock closing time, either Marshall or Wyckoff is to be eliminated from claiming the championship. The winner, on the other hand, will be recognized in the commission states as the world’s titlist.

Maxwell Bauman, manager of Wyckoff, said that Lee was in better shape than any time during his career.

“I am confident that Wyckoff is the greatest wrestler in the country,” said Bauman. “Compared to Marshall, he is stronger and more rugged and this, I predict, will be the reason that Lee Wyckoff will be known over the world after the Wichita match as the world’s champion.”

Marshall spent most of Sunday with the exception of the time he worked out with his family – including his wife and two children – at the home of relatives here.

“There was never a match I desired to win as badly as the one against Wyckoff and I’ll be very disappointed if I fail to beat him,” Marshall said.

The first of three special events that support the championship bout will start at 8:30 p.m. with the main attraction getting under way about two hours later.

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