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DISPUTED HONOUR

BRITISH EMPIRE TITLE

Comment has been made on.the fact that there are two wrestlers in New Zealand at present who claim to hold the British Empire title for the heavyweight division in wrestling. In a statement given to the Press George Walker, who is now classed as a New Zealander, related how he had won a trophy with the title in 1911 at the Crystal Palace, London. The trophy was the gift of his Majesty the King and was* presented to the winner by Lord Lonsdale. Representatives from Canada, South Africa, Australia, and the British Isles 'took part in the contest.' Walker claims that he has not since been beaten in a title match. Earl McCready also claims the title by virtue of having beaten another Canadian .{.claimant, Jack Taylor. PRIOR CHALLENGES. According to a published statement from George Walker, the principal obstacle in the way of a championship bout between him and McCready lies in the priority of other challenges. According to Walker there are four other challenges for the title ahead of McCready's arid .he feels under an obligation to meet those challenges first.

The challengers are reported to be two Indians, Billy Meeske, and Ike Robin. In this connection it is significant that Jagat Singh is. on his way to New Zealand from ■ America.. Another- Indian wrestler from Australia is reported to be also coming to New Zealand. These men with others are said to be coming under the auspices of the Pioneer Club with which Walker appears to be definitely affiliated.

Before McCready arrived a statement was made by the Pioneer Club that a Walker-McCready match- was to be expected. It was so stated by the National Sporting Club of Wellington when it announced the abandoned Walker-Pereira contest. What, it may be asked, has happened since? Upon McCready's unexpected return to New Zealand after a fruitless visit to Australia he appeared under the auspices of the New Zealand Wrestling Union. As Walker had previously announced his intention of not working for the union it would appear to be a fair deduction that the crux of the problem has been located.

McCready is admittedly an outstanding wrestler but he lays no claim to being a superman and, if the season runs its normal course, he will probably find plenty of stiff opposition to overcome. Particularly if Wade and Walker are numbered among his op-

ponents there will be competition interesting enough to draw capacity houses anywhere in the country.

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DISPUTED HONOUR, Evening Post, Volume CXX, Issue 6, 6 July 1935

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DISPUTED HONOUR Evening Post, Volume CXX, Issue 6, 6 July 1935

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