CHAMPIONSHIPS AT AUCKLAND. There was a goodly attendance at the championship meeting m the Auckland Town Hall last week, when a very attractive programme was presented under the aegis of the New Zealand Association. Chief interest centred m the contests for the two titles which were open for competition, the middleweight and the heavyweight. There were some amateur bouts on the programme, and these proved very close and interesting while they lasted, a high standard of wrestling being shown by R. H. Brecke, L>. Wilson, T. H. Bidmead, and J. Simpson. J. J. Fulton, the holder of the middleweight title, was called upon to meet young Bob Jtanga, the 17-year-old champion of Hawkes Bay, and the bout was one chock full of excitement from beginning to end. But from the .first it was a battle between vigorous, carefree youth and enterprise and "staid, waning ability. A great hefty, bouncing boy of 17* summers, with a broad, perpetual grin on his face, list 31b of irrepressible good "nature./ that's Bob Ranga. He has never known what it is to tire, and he never yet has tasted the bitter fruits of defeat. His opponent is m the sere and yellow, and no doubt took on his youthful opponent because the title had to pass to someone else sooner or later. But he was no match for the boy, and it was no discredit to him when Ranga took the second fall from him m the third round. The; first bout was evenly contested, , but after that . there was only one m the picture, and that was not the holder. Ranga showed tremendous promise, and for a boy of his age and experience he is a marvel. He is a born wrestler, but so far as could be seen of him he will have to be very careful of one danger, and that is commonly known as "swelled head." He was inclined to take the contest, after he had got one fall, far too much as a foregone conclusion,) and he at one ime jeopardised, momentarily no doubt, his chancd. This may be a feature of, his youth, but those who* are interested m his future should see that this is nipped m the bud. He has' the strength of the proverbial lion and when he Ayas seen to march quite leisurely round the mat three or four times with his lOst 41b opponent poised on his shoulder as though he were carrying a sheaf of wheat, then to chuck him to the stage and all but pin his shoulders to the mat, the house roared. But there is no gainsaying the fact that Ranga is a coming wrestler — m fact, has come as far as he can by notching the highest title for his weight.- ■ ' The professional bout between Ike Robin, the heavy champion, and Sunni, of Auckland, the challenger for the title and the record purse of £1400, was One of those, long distance affairs for which the Indian has become famed, and, after lasting nearly two hours, the Maori got the only fall of the match.. This was near midnight, and it was then agreed to adjourn the; finishing off till the next night. How- , ever, m the interval, Robin met with an injury to his arm, which, after medical advice had been taken, his manager applied for an extension till last Wednesday. The association then called upon their two official medical officers to examine Robin, with the result that they certified Robin would be unable to engage m any contest for at least a month. .'Robin's manager then applied ftir an indefinite postponement until such time as a medical officer would pass Robin fit. The, association, after considering facts, medical certificates and evidence adduced, finally agreed to postpone the continuation of the contest to a date m December. It was also decided that the position of the competitors as a result of the bout that had taken place be washed out and that a fresh start be made. Sunni is to be allowed £15 training expenses and the association intends to prepare conditions for the next match which will ensure a decision being arrived at on the date fixed. Though Robin weighed m at 16st 71b and Sunni at list 31b, these weights are the most deceiving part of the match. Right from the jump Sunni was. the aggressor, and he 1 gave his h,efty opponent a very uncomfortable time on the mat. In fact, to put it mildly, Sunni did everything with the big chap but throw him, and when it is considered that he' had nearly 17 stone . to juggfle with, this Will not be wondered at. There was no comparison m the science of the wrestlers, but it is falls that count, and the only one recorded went, to the holder. The meeting was decently conducted and the officials are to be congratulated on the very thorough arrangements they made for the event. ' . ,
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Wrestling, NZ Truth, 25 October 1924
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