K: Karchinski - Kauroff
Wrestling Heritage A-Z
The self styled “Russian Bear” a very powerful heavyweight, said to fear no-one, though his record suggested maybe he should have been a bit more cautious!
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Hungarian middleweight Stan Karoly was a familiar figure in Southern England in the late 1960s. We were told at the time that like many other young Hungarians he left his home country in 1956 and settled in Austria where he continued to pursue his interest in amateur wrestling, but now with an eye on turning professional. Whether or not that is true we cannot confirm because he was also said to be the son of Stanislaus Karloyi who had left Hungary long before 1956. Maybe a reader, or Stan himself, can shed some light on his background. Following a short career with the independent promoters was eventually signed up by Dale Martin Promotions..
One of the great Hungarian wrestlers in the business pre war until the late 1950s. He was a pre-war European light heavyweight champion who lost his title to Mike Demitre at L'Elysee-Montmartre in Paris in 1938. Acknowledged for his physique and superb physical condition he was a visitor to the USA in those days when transatlantic travel was unusual. A skilful technical wrestler he won many bouts with his favourite move the Scorpion Death Lock.
Yugoslavian born and domiciled in Australia. As part of a world tour begun in September 1968 he made a short visit to Britain, for Dale Martin Promotions, in the spring of 1969, with opponents Kalman Gaston, Ray Fury, Bob Kirkwood and Charlie Fisher.
Johnny Katsulos was another of those "Golden Greeks" to be found in British rings. Born Jacob Katsulos in Toronto on 28th October, 1915 of Greek descent he was a Canadian citizen who worked as a waiter before coming to England in 1937 where he gained employment as a printer. He lived in Brixton Road, London, a road familiar to all wrestling fans.
Johnny Katsulos worked in British rings for much of 1937, 1938 and 1939.
With war in Europe approaching he crossed the Atlantic on 27th May, 1939 and could be found wrestling in Canada. Post war we have found Johnny in the USA, working in Ohio between 1947 and 1951. In 1951 Johnny returned to the United States, still wrestling and weighing around twelve stones. Johnny Katsulos died in 1970 and is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
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It came to light with Togo Tani's inclusion on these listings in 2011 that, as Umeyuki Kiyomigawa, he had been responsible in Spain for the training of this German super-heavyweight.
His first UK tour was in November 1967 - and he lost every match by a knockout.
Kauroff made his way back to the UK in Januray 1975 and stayed about six weeks. Although he again wasn’t very successful in his bouts against mainly mid-carders, he stepped into the ring with some top-notch opponents such as Steve Viedor, Georges Gordienko, Tibor Szakacs and Mike Marino. He did however chalk up a victory over Prince Kumali, and perhaps his highlight was defeating the masked Exorcist in Liverpool.
At the Royal Albert Hall he lost to Steve Viedor. On television he beat Roy St. Clair but lost matches to him around the halls.
In Germany, the affectionately held Hanoverian won the World Cup tournament twice and later became one of the most hated men when he worked as the heel manager for the US stars, in the now defunct Catch Wrestling Association when he brought theri villains to Germany and Austria.
In June 2011 the now retired legend returned for one night only as manager at Westside Xtreme Wrestling’s charity event “wXw with you, Japan”.