By Athol Oakley
The tale of Athol Oakley, one of many maximum wrestlers of our time, and the bloody global of wrestling within the early 1900s. Athol labored himself up from a 5 stone teen to a fifteen stone international wrestling champion, combating in hundreds of thousands of bouts around the globe.
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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. ‘Sure slippery, says the Texan. ‘I can’t hold him. ’ The referee dried me again with some force. ‘Okay now. ’ The next five minutes was a real tear-up. Casey grabbed every hold in the book but so slippery was I that he failed to hold me. The more he tried and failed the more furious he became.
I’m Berger. Casey Berger. ’ He smiled, then ambled away with the measured gate of a Southerner. This then was Casey Berger. He looked all that Karl had said he was. I continued thinking: ‘This is a strong and determined man. I must not be fooled by that smile. Casey is not going to take any chances against a little fifteen-stoner. My only chance of winning will be speed and a ferocious attack—as rough as possible, a l’Irslinger, and right from the start. ’ I remembered how I had blacked the eye of world champion Svediquist in the final of the championships in Brussels three years previously.
George had been telling Irslinger for some time what a great draw he was and that the crowds in Lane’s Sports Club had all come to see him. So Irslinger said, ‘Okay, George, you’re such a good draw you can fight in Newcastle and I’ll give you a percentage. ’ George thought this fine but not so fine when he arrived back in London with a net profit of one shilling and tenpence. ’ asked Henri. ’ On one occasion Jack Ansell, Boganski’s trainer and manager in England, came into Lane’s Club and spoke to me for an hour.