Sharkey Retains ‘Title’ In Draw Bout

Washington Post – January 18, 1945

Babe Sharkey again retained his world heavyweight wrestling “title” last night at Turner’s Arena by battling Dutch Rohde to a one hour draw before 1800 fans. The match was rough & several times Referee Tiny Bouque was forced to mix it up with the grappling giants.

Don Evans, making his first appearance here in several months, defeated Michele Leone in 27 minutes, while Hans Kampfer floored Jack Steele in 15 minutes. Ace Freeman whipped Buddy Rogers in 17 minutes, & Mike Orloff licked Olaf Ericson in 20 minutes.

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