K: Koltschak - Koroschenko
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A once member of the French Foreign Legion the blonde haired German from Berlin visited Britain in the 1950s. The first visit was for a week in April 1952, with opponents Mike Marino, Bert Assirati, and Mick Casey.
Erich Koltschak returned in October 1957, the start of frequent visits during the remainder of the decade. Other than a few contests in the biggest halls of the north, Manchester's Belle Vue, Newcastle's St James Hall and Liverpool Stadium, matches were mainly in the south of England for Dale Martin Promotions.
Opponents were invariably top notch and included men of the calibre of Alan Garfield, Jack Pye, Gordon Nelson, Ray Apollon, Billy Joyce, Geoff Portz, Dara Singh and Tony Mancelli. The Italian Thunderbolt Mancelli had the distinction of unhinging a couple of Erich's teeth when they collided with his elbow.
1950s heavyweight visited Britain for a month in 1954, mainly in the south facing Mike Marino, Alf Rawlings, Don Stedman and Tony Mancelli. Worked in France as Eddy Kopoanian.
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Middleweight of the 1960s and 1970s worked for the independent promoters mainly in the south of England.
Al Korman came to Britain, when he was just eighteen years old, at the start of his wrestling career. The Jewish heavyweight from Toronto travelled here and worked with his friend Whipper Watson between 1936 and 1939. He learnt the trade in Britain's all-in rings before taking his newly acquired skills back across the Atlantic.
Returned to Canada with the second world war looming, serving in the Royal Canadian Navy during hostilities. His career continued post war in North America until the mid 1950s, with his time shared with restaurant management in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Czech strongman was first seen in British rings in 1939. He fought with the British army in the Western desert and wrestled in Britain in 1946 before moving to Australia to open a restaurant.