Tag Archives: Jim Londos

Strangler Lewis In Title Campaign

Seattle Times – January 11, 1933

Ed (Strangler) Lewis, many-time heavyweight champion wrestler of the world, is campaigning for undisputed possession of that title once again, in “wrestling matches” rather than the present-day “exhibitions.” The veteran heavyweight made that declaration here yesterday. Continue reading

Steele v. Strangler

Time – December 12, 1932

Two of the ugliest professional athletes in the U. S. last week crawled through the ropes of a ring at Madison Square Garden. One was blubbery Ed (“Strangler”) Lewis, recognized by the New York State Athletic Commission as the heavyweight wrestling champion of the world. The other was crook-nosed Ray Steele, whose challenge the Commission had ordered Lewis to accept. Continue reading

Illinois Takes Rest From Mat Shows

Associated Press – April 12, 1933

CHICAGO – Wrestling throughout the commonwealth of Illinois was finally laid to rest today after a posthumous exhibition in the Coliseum last night in which Jim Browning pinned Ed “The Strangler” Lewis with a scissors. Continue reading

N.B.A. Refuses To Recognize Mat Champions

Associated Press – January 24, 1931

CHICAGO – The National Boxing Association does not recognize any champion in the field of wrestling, General John V. Clinnin, president of the organization, said today. Continue reading

National Wrestling Association Still Recognizes Londos

Associated Press – April 15, 1933

CLARKSDALE, Miss. – So far as the National Wrestling Association is concerned, Jimmy Londos is still world champion of the heavies, Col. H.J. Landry of Friar Point, Miss., president of the association, notified association members today. Continue reading

Mat Champion Jim Londos Dead

Ellensburg Daily Record – August 21, 1975

ESCONDIDO (UPI) – Greek-born Jim Londos, who ruled as the world heavyweight champion when pro wrestling was in its golden age, is dead.

Born Chris Theophelos in Theophelo, Greece, Londos wrestled more than 2,500 times at the height of his career – between 1930 and 1946.  He died of a heart attack in Palomar General Hospital here Tuesday.  He lived in Escondido as a gentleman rancher. Continue reading

Londos Beats Vic Christy in Straight Falls

San Francisco Chronicle – February 17, 1933

Whatever wrestling championship it was that Jimmy Londos held when he came here, he still holds for he easily defeated Vic Christy in two straight falls last night at the Civic Auditorium before a crowd of about 6,500. The crowd was keen for Christy but Londos was entirely too strong, clever and experienced for the young fellow and when he got ready to take a fall he took it in decisive fashion. Continue reading

Londos Defeats McGinnis On Mat

Portland Oregonian – September 18, 1938

Jim Londos, ex-heavyweight wrestling champion of the world, made an auspicious start in his first appearance in the international wrestling tourney at the Ice Coliseum last night, defeating Terry McGinnis.

Londos, weighing 202, was forced to go 1:52 minutes of the way through the fifth round before pinning McGinnis, 217, with an airplane spin. Continue reading

Londos Defends Title In Two Falls

Washington Post, Thursday – December 13, 1934
By Bill McCormick

Jim Londos, the gorgeous Greek heavyweight wrestling champion, pulled  the leg of Vic Christy last night to win on straight falls from the California Cutie in an unusual exhibition at the Auditorium. Continue reading

Wrestling

Associated Press – December 21, 1937

New York – Jim Londos, 200, Greece, threw Billy Hanson, 218, Salt Lake City (34:32)

Portland, Me. – Chuck Montana, 199, Quincy, Mass., defeated Abe Rothberg, 196, New York (two of three falls.)

Lowell – Steve Casey, 224, Ireland, defeated Billy Bartush, 240, Chicago (two straight falls.)