St. Joseph News-Press – February 7, 1965
Ronnie Reed, in keeping with his desire to be a busy Central States champion, has another title assignment Friday night. The classy Baltimore pro will be opposed by Dutch Savage, a giant 260-pound heavyweight from Oklahoma City.
Reed, who scored a cleancut decision over Tom Clark last Friday night, reiterated his desire to meet all comers, including the biggest and roughest of the pro grappling ranks in this section.
Savage, who stands 6-4, will be making his first appearance here.
Reed hopes to maintain a busy championship pace in an effort to force a rematch with world wrestling kingpin Lou Thesz. In a clash with Thesz a few weeks ago, Reed managed to hold the champ to a draw and immediately sought a return pairing. Thesz has not yet agreed to this.
Reed plans to take this case to the Missouri Athletic Commission at its next meeting in hopes of forcing a showdown with Thesz as long as the champion is wrestling in Missouri.
In a continuation of what was one of the rowdiest matches of the season here last Friday, Larry Hamilton and Harry Madison are expected to pick up where they left off. The two beefy heavyweights clashed both inside and outside the ring in a power struggle that produced no decision.
This week they’ll meet in a “death match” in which falls won’t count. One or the other will have to be unable to answer the bell or be carried from the ring before the outcome is determined.
Sonny Myers takes his turn at the giant Clark this week in another event.
Doug Gilbert, who caught the fancy of the fans last Friday in a scientific-styled battle with Bobby Shane, will take on the Great Hercules this Friday. Hercules weighs 260 and stands 6-1. Reputedly, he is one of the strongest heavyweights in the mat game.
Shane will oppose Frank Hickey in the opener.
Added to the program again this week will be a battle between Tom Brown and Richard Moody, who opposed one another after last Friday’s main event. Moody generally serves as the referee of Auditorium matches.
The two will meet in a scheduled five-round boxing match.