Strangler Loses To Mat Rival

The Oregonian – March 27, 1947

Ed (Strangler) Lewis, the former world heavyweight mat champion, was upset at Civic Auditorium Wednesday night by burly Fred Atkins, Australian title claimant, who tore into the famed headlock artist from the opening bell.

Atkins, who has yet to taste defeat in the Auditorium, took the nod over Lewis in just nine minutes, grabbing the lone fall with a body press. Lewis, however, displayed fine form, showing several features of his greatness.

In other bouts, Ken Kenneth of New Zealand downed Juan Sepeda, Jim Spencer debuted with a win over Babe Small and Bomber Singh defeated Lone Wolf.

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