Tag Archives: Al Billings

Jack Dempsey Throws Left Hooks At Finish

Sacramento Union – November 19, 1940
By Bill Conlin

Jack Dempsey came back to the Memorial Auditorium last night and with him came $1,100 worth of wrestling fans, biggest house since Doc Visser resumed promotion of wrestling here almost a year ago. Continue reading

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Szabo Claims He Was Given Short Count

Los Angeles Evening Herald – April 28, 1938
By E.W. Krauch

“I could see under his right shoulder!” yelled one fan.

“See under ONE shoulder,” howled back another. “Say, Mister, you could have put Boulder Dam and Austria under that vacant spot!” Continue reading

Manlapig Cops Olympic Bout

Los Angeles Times – November 2, 1939

Pantaleon Manlapig, the pride of the Philippines, retained his role as one of the favorites in the Olympic wrestling tournament last night by making quick work of Manuel Rodriguez in an exciting matfest. Continue reading

Londos And Szabo Tangle In Graeco-Roman Tiff

Los Angeles Times – November 8, 1939

Jimmy Londos makes his first appearance in a wrestling ring here since he joined the ranks of the benedicts when he appears tonight at the Olympic in a Graeco-Roman match against Sandor Szabo, the Hungarian heavyweight star.

Jimmy is the world’s catch-as-catch-can champion, but Szabo has repeatedly dared him to meet him at the ancient European style and it took quite a bit of angling to get Londos to agree to the match.

Olympic rules will prevail. The match will be over three periods of 10 minutes each with a minute rest in between. A decision will be rendered by two judges and the referee on the best two-out-of-three throws. No holds are permitted below the waist under Graeco-Roman rules.

Don McDonald will referee the bout and Snowy Baker, noted Australian sportsman, and Frank Borzage, the ace film director, will act as judges.

Szabo was an Olympic Games champion at Graeco-Roman before coming to this country. Londos often has wrestled abroad under Graeco-Roman rules but never here.

The Graeco-Roman bout is an added feature, promoter Jack Daro announces, to the international tournament bouts. Nine matches are on the tourney card with the Hans Steinke-Lee Wykoff showdown being the top spot in interest.

Bill Hansen, Salt Lake star, is in a tight spot this evening. If he loses to Hardboiled Haggerty he will be dropped from the tourney.

Other tournament matches on the card: Lee Wykoff vs. Hans Steinke; Vic Christy vs. Tom Zaharias; Sammy Stein vs. Hank Metheny; Crusher Al Billings vs. Joe Pazandak; Cliff Thiede vs. LaVerne Baxter; Tiny Roebuck vs. Henry Graber, and Jack Kogut vs. Young Stecher.