By Athol Oakley
The tale of Athol Oakley, one of many maximum wrestlers of our time, and the bloody international of wrestling within the early 1900s. Athol labored himself up from a 5 stone youngster to a fifteen stone international wrestling champion, combating in millions of bouts all over the world.
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The next day, Stanislaus said he would like a work-out so I took him to Lanes Club. The courageous ‘Bulldog’ Bill Garnon offered to take him on and was at once hauled into the crushing tree-like arms of Zbyszko and laid gently down, as a mother lays down her newborn baby. Then, with twenty-three stone on top of him, Bill decided to call it a day. After this the wrestlers held a consultation and decided that six at once might do the trick. So we collected, Bob Gregory, Harry Brookes of Huddersfield, myself and two others.
Plenty of blood. Your blood. You remember the great George Boganski long time. You see, you be sorry Irslinger make this match. I show you up to your friends. They see you 32 Blue Blood On The Mat only palooka when you meet Boganski. You withdraw now while plenty of time. None of this talk really perturbed me. I thought Boganski was the ‘Russian Wash’ because he was afraid I would beat him and wanted Irslinger to give him a new opponent. Lane’s London Club was again packed for the fight. Everyone was a little tired of my ‘knocking’ of the British heavyweight boxers who ruined the prestige of Britain in the USA by going over there and getting knocked out.
Quit all that bare knuckle stuff or out you go. Now fight on. Casey, really roused, threw me with a ‘supplice’. I grabbed the bottom rope and hauled myself out of the ring. I fell on the floor with a bang. Re-entering the ring I ran into an American flying mare and got shot out of the ring the other side. This time I knocked over an elderly man wearing glasses. Again I got back into the ring. ) ‘Cap’s greasy,’ said Casey to the ref. Gunboat Smith called for a towel and dried ‘What you got on! Looks like grease to me.