The New York Times – February 21, 1933
By James P. Dawson
Jimmy Browning, husky Boston wrestler, gained recognition by the New York State Athletic Commission as world’s heavyweight champion by pinning Ed (Strangler) Lewis, Kentucky veteran who was defending the crown, in Madison Square Garden last night. The end came after 57 minutes 50 seconds of a match scheduled to a finish, one fall to decide.
Although Browning is now recognized here, there are other claimants to the world’s crown. Jim Londos is regarded as champion in some parts of the country and Ed (Don) George is another who has gained recognition in certain quarters.
While a crowd of 5,000 looked on, Browning, aggressor throughout the match, the man on top the majority of times they went to the mat and with a wider, more punishing and effective repertoire of holds, conquered the champion who, in a wrestling career extending over about twenty years, has been thrown only about half a dozen times. A quick turnover and his favorite body scissors won for Browning.
Conquerors of Lewis who come to mind are the two Zbyszkos, Wladek and the elder Stanislaus, Joe Stecher, Wayne (Big) Munn and one or two others.
When referee Jack Denning tapped the body of Browning in signal of victory, creating a new champion, Browning was astride an almost inert Lewis, his full weight of 230 pounds pressing Lewis flat on his back near the defending champion’s own corner.
The finish was a surprise. Lewis has been winning so consistently since he was recognized as champion here last summer upon the failure of Londos to meet his challenge that it was taken more or less for granted that the Kentuckian would add to his conquests.
The cheers of the assembled to see a wrestling championship bout and to assist the New York Press Club, in whose interests the match was staged, echoed through the partly filled arena for more than five minutes.
Browning was Lewis’ master at all times. He manhandled the defending champion in clearn wrestling, which had not one single objectionable incident nor one moment of unfair grappling.
Only once did Lewis apply a real, punishing headlock. This came when the men had been grappling thirty-six minutes, and it lasted for only one minute before the powerful Bostonian tore himself free and almost tossed Lewis into the laps of the ringside spectators.
The sixth time Lewis tried for a headlock, his hold slipped. The Kentuckian pitched face forward to the floor, landing on all fours, unbelieving. Quick as a flash Browning turned and, with the one motion pounced upon Lewis, who was an open target for a body scissors.
Then he came up astride Lewis, putting all the pressure of which he was capable into his powerful legs, until Lewis lay prostrate and flat and referee Denning tapped Browning with the signal that brought the Bostonian victory and the championship. Lewis weighed 238 pounds.
Gus Sonnenberg, former Dartmouth athlete, and Dr. Fred Meyers, Chicagoan, wrestled a draw in the closing event of the program, a thirty-minute struggle which was crowded with excitement and some high and lofty tumbling. Sonnenberg weighed 205 pounds and Meyers 207.
Joe Malcewicz, Utica heavyweight, pinned the shoulders of Pat McClarey, Irish giant, in 7 minutes 26 seconds of their scheduled twenty-minute bout with a crotch and body hold. Malcewicz weighed 190 pounds and McClarey 244.
In another struggle scheduled to a twenty-minute limit, Alphonse Getzewich, Polish grappler, tossed Century Milstead, former Yale athlete, in 12 minutes 21 seconds with a double reversible arm lock. Getzewich weighed 210 pounds, and Milstead 208.
Henri Piers, Holland, defeated Jack Washburn, Boston, in their bout, which was listed for twenty minutes, pinning Washburn’s shoulders in 8 minutes 58 seconds with a body slam. Washburn weighed 238 pounds and Piers 208.
In the opening contest scheduled for twenty minutes Sid Westrich, Hungarian 225-pounder, conquered Cy Williams, Florida, in 8:17 with a flying tackle. Williams weighed 215 pounds.