The Tuscaloosa News – January 29, 1941
Rex Mobley And Rod Fenton Appear In Title Fight
Rod Fenton gets the chance here tonight that every ambitious wrestler works and strives for.
Rex Mobley, world’s light heavyweight champion grappler, will go into the ring at Fort Brandon tonight, fighting for the privilege of wearing his gem-studded title belt with Fenton trying to take that privilege from him.
The champ and Roderick have been signed by Promoter Joe Gunther to collide in a two out of three fall scrap. The test will be limited to two hours. Representatives of the state boxing commission will be present at the event to insure fairness.
American Legion officials, sponsors of the weekly wrestling shows here, predicted attendance at the fort would reach a new high and expected a capacity crowd. Reserved ringside seats have been added in order to take up some of the overflow.
Fenton, who got into the title lineup as a replacement for injured Bob Corby, is a fairly new wrestler to local fans. He has appeared here only in the last three or four weeks. His few fights here, however, have carried him rapidly to the top and have made him a standout attraction.
Most Tuscaloosans have taken a liking to Fenton’s fiery style of wrestling, while there are also many who resent his “opportunist” type of fighting. He knows his scientific wrestling, but never passes up the opportunity to throw street fighting tactics into his delivery.
In the supporting cast as a preliminary attraction, Charlie Keene, the tremendous girthed lad from St. Louis, is squared with Earl Malone of Boston, who will be making his debut at Fort Brandon.
The opener, like the big attraction, is booked for two out of three falls, but is scheduled with a time limit of one hour. The Keene-Malone battle starts tonight’s show at 8:30 o’clock.