The Ring—News and Notes
Followers both of boxing and of .wrestling—and there are many who manage to give their patronage to both sports—may look forward to some important engagements during the next few months, with local talent supplemented by visitors from overseas. There are some impressive names among the American wrestlers expdeted to arrive, shortly, whilst the rival sport also has in view some atractive features ■in which Australian importations are likely to play a prominent part. In fact, everything points to a revival of interest in boxing, and it is to be hoped that the local association will keep right up with any progress made in other parts of theVDominion.
Though it is naturally the professionals from whom the highlights are expected, the importance of keeping the amateurs active cannot be too greatly stressed. The announcement of the return visit by an Australian team of boxers is therefore of considerable im-
It was in 1913 that the last team of Australian boxers came to New Zealand, although New Zealand teams visited Australia in 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, and 1933. The intention of. the New Zealand Council when the invitation was extended was that a team should come of about the same size as that sent from the Dominion last year, and under a similar, arrangement—Australia to transport the team to and from Now Zealand, and the council to defray all expenses in the Dominion. The suggestion from Queensland that a larger team should be sent is unlikely to meet with the council's approval,,on the score of expense, although . there would probably be no objection to one or two additional men. It is hoped that the team will make three appearances, probably at Auckland, Wellington, and Invercargill.
The tentative arrangements also vide for an opportunity1 being given the visitors of seeing some of New Zealand's scenic attractions, one proposal being that they should travel by motor from Wellington to Auckland. The team is expected to arrive soon after the Dominion championships ,at Hastings, in' September.
An application for permission to stage a ten-round bout between Dave Palmer (Australia) and Wally Bobertson. (Gisborne) was received by the New Zea-
PROMISE OF BIG THINGS TO COME
land Council this week, but the proposed date'was not mentioned. "Twist" Jaggers, the local ■welterweight, .is anxious'to meet .the • winner, preferably at - Wellington.: . ■ . ' .
NOTABLE MATMEN COMING
In .view of the prominent, names in-, eluded in the team of American wrestlers to visit New Zealand this .winter, as announced by the Wrestling Union, the coming season promises to be the most momentous in the history of the sport in this country. Having regard to the short time in which professional wrestling has been featured in New Zealand, it is a great tribute to ita. popularity; and to the enterprise of the controlling body, that such men as Gus Sonnenburg, Wong Buk Cheung, ' and Dan Koloff should be coming to this small country.
Last season—probably the best so far —will be reviewed, and; arrangements for this year put in hand at the annual meeting of delegates to the New Zealand Wrestling Union at Wellington on April 17. At the end of last season, with the idea of seeking a means of improving the quality ;of the imported material, the president of the ; union (Mr. H. D.. Bennett) went to Australia and succeeded in making satisfactory arrangements for American wrestlers to follow up their New Zealand itinerary with a visit to Australia. It is understood that the New Zealand Union will have no further control over the men once they leave for Australia.
About six years ago two .or ■ three prominent wrestlers . visited Australia, and are believed to have made good money. Whether they over-lxploited the market, or for some other reason, the sport afterwards. fell, back- in Australia .almost to the point of extinction. The big stadium at Sydney .closed its doors to wrestling. and, with only an occasional break, has remained closed ever since. Neither the Leiehhardt nor the Newtown- Stadium ■ has. shown any desire to cater for other than Is. and 2s patrons, and higher prices are necessary to attract the stars who will, be coming this. year. . ; ...
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