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Moth And Cannon

The St. Paul Daily Globe – December 5, 1885

They Indulge in a Wrestling Match in Which Both Struggle Desperately for Victory.

 Cannon, After Losing a Fall, Refuses to Continue the Match Because of the Decision.

 The Moth-Cannon Wrestling Match.
The widely-advertised wrestling match between Moth and Cannon for $500 a side, to take place at Market hall, Minneapolis, last evening, ended in a fizzle and the disappointment of a large audience.  The hall was moderately filled with people of all classes and denominations, who had each selected their favorite man and spent the time in waiting for their appearance in making small bets.  Moth was slightly the favorite because of his former victory over Cannon.  But there were those present who were willing to bet their little on Cannon, and accommodated all comers.  Moth, since his former match with Cannon, has been training and last night he was in good condition.  This fact led the people to believe that when he could throw Cannon while out of form, how much easier would the task be when in condition.  Sporting men from all over the country were present and had possession of the front part of the house.  They were very quiet and did very little betting. Continue reading

Billy Muldoon The Apollo

The Williamsport Sunday Grit – January 6, 1889

There are fifteen or twenty prominent professional wrestlers now before the public, but there are not more than a half dozen of them that have much more than a living out of their profession. H.M. Dufur, the collar-and-elbow wrestler, is probably the richest man in the business. He lives at Marlboro, Mass., where he has an elegant home, with plenty of good, paying property. Dufur is worth $50,000. He did not earn it on the mattress, but acquired it by inheritance. William Muldoon, the solid man and the Apollo Belvedere of all wrestlers, probably comes next on the list. Twelve years ago handsome Billy carried a club and paraded as one of the special squad of Broadway “collars.” Muldoon has been a big drawing card ever since he started out as a wrestler. He is also known in the profession as a cold man, and has put a hammer-lock on every dollar that has fallen into his possession. He owns a good farm near Belfast, N.Y., and has besides about $15,000 in other investments. Muldoon would have been better off but for the failure of the Marine Bank in which he was loser to the extent of $16,000. Tom Cannon, the English wrestler, who now makes Cincinnati his home, is one of the “savers” of the business. No better hustler ever lived than this same Cannon, and no one likes “beans,” as he calls money, better than he does. Tom will go to any point for a match, no matter when, if he sees a chance for turning a dollar. He was worth about $5,000 in 1885, but his trip to Australia helped him greatly. He made no less than $11,000 in the antipodes, and returned with about $7,000 of it. Besides Tom married well, his wife being a prospective heir to a farm worth about $15,000. Duncan C. Ross, the Scotch athlete and wrestler, has probably earned more money than all the rest of the wrestlers put together. He is the best jobber and hippodromer in the business, and he works skin matches so well as to always have a good “gate.” Ross is a great “spender,” however. He lets his wealth go with the prodigality of a drunken sailor. Nothing is too good for the Scotch athlete or his friends. For all that, Duncan is not a pauper by any means. He is worth $20,000 or $25,000 and, like Cannon, has been all over the world. Professor Miller is also well to do. He is worth at least $20,000, but he received it from his father’s estate. Joe Acton, “the little demon,” who for years stood head and shoulders above any catch-as-catch-can man in the country, is not worth a dollar. Joe is indolent and a poor business man. He has always had some one to manage his affairs, and is not a good hustler. He is also an intemperate man.

Cannon Defeats Carkeek

The San Francisco Call – December 5, 1899

LIVERPOOL, Dec. 4. – Tom Cannon defeated Jack Carkeek of the United States in this city this evening in a contest for the Graeco-Roman wrestling championship.  A purse of $1000 was offered.

Great Wrestling Match

The Wanganui Herald – May 19, 1894

On the 29th March, Hengler’s Circus, was crowded with 5000 people.  The occasion was the match for £100 aside and the Graeco-Roman championship of the world, between Tom Cannon, of Liverpool, and George Rasso, of Hamburg.  The latter is 30 years of age, and after serving in the German army, having won all the prizes as an amateur, he met and defeated all professionals.  He afterwards went to Moscow, where he defeated the great Russian giant, Gorshokoff.  After a victorious trip right through Germany, Austria, and Turkey, he met the celebrated wrestler, Carl Abs, whom he defeated in the presence of the King of Saxony a year ago last Monday, 14th May.  In the same year he beat Emil Vose.  His last match was with the “terrible Greek,” Antonio Pierri, at Berlin in January last, which he won after one hour and twenty-five minutes.  Shortly after nine o’clock the men entered the ring, and after the conditions had been stated – beat two out of three falls – the men got to work.  For some minutes, Rasso, who, though not quite so heavy as Cannon, stripped a muscular specimen of humanity, acted entirely on the defensive; but, after eight minutes, he began to show to advantage.  Ultimately he secured the first fall exactly twelve minutes from the start, twisting Cannon over by means of a neck hold.  On re-starting Cannon go to work in a determined manner, and, although Rasso, at the expiration of the five minutes, nearly gained a fall, Cannon succeeded in pinning the Teuton down, the bout lasting 6min 30sec.  He threw Rasso bodily, and, falling on him, quickly pinned the German down.  Cannon gained the deciding fall, and thus won the match.


Otago Witness – September 3, 1886

The catch-as-catch-can wrestling match between Tom Cannon and Evan Lewis, the strangler, took place at the Grand Opera House, Cincinatti, July 15, before a good house.  The match was for 250dol a side.  Cannon was looked after by Billy Gale and Lewis by “Parson” Davies.  It was exactly 9.18 when the men shook hands and went to work.  They moved around cat-like for a few moments, when Lewis secured his favourite hold – the hang.  Cannon, by good generalship, grabbed Lewis around the waist and rolled him off the mattress.  The referee ordered them back, Cannon taking the same hold.  They squirmed around for a second.  Finally Cannon secured a half Nelson and an arm-lock, putting Lewis flat on his back.  Time, 2min.  After a rest of fifteen minutes the men went to work again, Cannon it could be seen, was afraid of Lewis’ terrible hang-hold and fought shy of it.  Cannon finally secured a leg-hold and rushed Lewis back again.  Lewis at last got his hang-hold on Cannon.  Tom turned red in the face, but by good headwork grabbed Lewis around the back, pulling both of his shoulders down; time, 4min.  In all it was one of the fiercest things of its kind ever held in that city.


Atlanta Constitution – December 11, 1887

Atlanta – John Muhler has met and conquered such wrestlers as Duncan Ross, James Faulkner, Tom Cannon, Jack Connors, ‘the Jap,’ Lucien Marc Cristol, Edward Bibby, Joe Acton, Greek George and others. A match between him and Muldoon is a probability.