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Golden Boy Mike Marino

Mainstay of the professional game and an undoubtedly skilful Golden Boy of the fifties, who broke ranks to join Paul Lincoln Promotions from 1961 to the end of 1965.

From the beginning of an illustrious thirty two year career he was billed as "Golden Boy," and he  Golden Boy Mike Marino throughout a career in which he faced many international stars in Royal Albert Hall main events, and claimed British, European and World Mid-Heavyweight championships right up to a tragic roadside death in 1981.

Mike Marino was the epitome of all professional wrestlers, hugely respected by his colleagues and popular with wrestling fans of  many generations. His was a professional career that began in 1949, that was the time Mike Harrison adopted the persona of Anglo Italian Mike Marino and clashed with giants of wrestling American Pat Curry, Black Butcher Johnson and the masked man, Count Bartelli.

During the 1950s his skill and looks justified the "Golden Boy" label, and in November 1955 he was one of the first two wrestlers to appear on ITVs new wrestling programme, drawing with the Cornish wrestler Francis St Clair Gregory, Other 1950s highlights included defeating powerful Canadian Georges Gordienko, eighteen Royal Albert Hall appearances, and possibly the highlight of them all, holding the legendary Lou Thesz to a draw. With tv fame and top of the bill status Mike Marino was well and truly established.

And then.... Everything changed. In 1962 wrestling publications asked the question, "Where is Mike Marino?" Well, they hadn't looked far, because Golden Boy Mike had broken ranks with the wrestling establishment and was working for the opposition independent promoters. Famed for his small package folding press, his submission leg stretch – and an idiosyncratically amazed look up after every throw he took.   In later years he assumed the mantle of Dale Martin matchmaker and gave himself the labour or luxury of facing two opponents in the same Royal Albert Hall programme in 1975.  He defeated first Big Daddy and then Mick McManus, each by two falls to one.  Bled from thin eye tissue as profusely as boxing contemporary Henry Cooper.  Oft billed as the Anglo Italian from Milan, but actually resided Streatham.  

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Ron Marino (Tony Mariani, Ron Campling)

The popular wrestler from Leicester was a mainstay of the independent circuit for two decades before gaining national exposure as one of the stars of the 1980s Joint Promotions circuit. Known throughout his career as Ron Marino he was occasionally billed as Tony Mariani when working for Cyril Knowles, and equally occasionally under his family name of Ron Campling.

Trained by Leicester's Jack Taylor Ron worked throughout the country for the independents, but when Max Crabtree took over management of Joint Promotions he was quick to sign Ron up for working exclusively in his rings.

When we talked to Ron it was obvious that his enthusiasm and love for the sport never diminished over all those years, "We must have been mad....but I loved every minute of it and wouldn't change a thing."

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Manie Maritz

One of his country's top wrestlers, and equally famous as a  political activist in his native South Africa, Manie Marits was the son of General Gerrit Maritz who played an important role in the Boer War.  

Manie visited Britain in the spring of 1948, encountering opponents that included Tony Mancelli, Flash Barker and Mike Delaney.

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Gino the Gypsy Marlow

Standing well over six feet tall Gino was billed as champion of the gypsies in the 1930s. Tangled with other supersized heavyweights such as Scot John Bell and Exmoor's Carver Doone.

A rough and energetic fighter in one match against Jack Pye he dashed from his corner at the opening bell grabbed Pye and took the first fall in the opening seconds.




Jose Enrico Marquess

High flying dropkick specialist from Madrid toured Britain frequently during the early and mid 1960s.

He gained  many admirers during his 1962 television clash with Dai Sullivan in 1962, and was considered unlucky by viewers to go down by the odd fall.

Kent Walton told us Jose had abandoned plans of becoming a bullfighter in favour of wrestling. Maybe that was true, but then again Kent told us all sorts of things.

A tall dark heavyweight with a pleasing technical style he won lots of fans even if he didn't win lots of matches. 

Pictured with a head lock on Hans Streiger.


Judo Al Marquette (Alf Margates, Mitsimoto)

In a sporting world where many are different but few, if any, are unique, Judo Al Marquette came just about as close to unique as is possible.

We became immediate fans the first time we saw him in action, on an independent bill opposing Pete Lindberg long before he became famous. Al Marquette was the  judo suited, barefooted wizard that literally tied his opponents in knots.

The Stockport judo teacher was a mainstay of the independent circuit, using the name Amazing Mitsimoto, until being tempted to Joint Promotions and the television exposure that brought national fame and popularity. HisRoyal Albert Hall debut against Steve Logan (poster above) was the stuff of legends and firmly established Al as one of wrestling's stars. 

Al Marquette died on 23rd February, 2012.

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Gary Marsh

The one time second for Devereux Promotions at Wimbledon Palais began a short lived wrestling career in 1966, working for Devereux and Dale Martin Promotions.

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Al Marshall

For many readers Al Marshall may not be the first name to come to mind when remembering the good old days, but for fans in the north of England it is a name remembered with much fondness.

Al was a regular on the northern scene for a dozen or so years and always lived up to the "clean and clever" tag given to him by promoters on their posters.

In 1978 Al was signed up by Joint Promotions but very soon afterwards a serious injury brought his career to an abrupt end. Unable to wrestle any longer Al continued on the promotional and managerial side of wrestling, introducing quite a few youngsters into the wrestling ring. Al's love of the sport continues to this day and he will shortly be making another debut, as an author on the Wrestling Heritage site! 

In the photo above he is shown scoring a pinfall over Dave Shade. Learn more about Al, and his interesting hobbies, in our extended feature, A Man of Arms...

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Clive Marshall

East Anglian Clive Marshall worked for both the independents and Dale Martin Promotions in the second  half of the 1970s. He was followed into the wrestling business by his daughter, who wrestled as Little Lulu.

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Brett Martin

Martin Burdett was another of the Jack Taylor lads who was trained by the Accrington born promoter at his gym in Leicestershire, changing his name to the American sounding Brett Martin. Worked for the independent promoters from the mid 1960s and retired in the early 1980s.

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Caswell Martin

Cast-iron Caswell turned professional in 1970.  He immediately struck us with his agility and La Savate k.o. kick, and prospects looked bright of a new black star amidst his ageing peers.  But Cas seemed to get stuck in a rut somewhere down the line in spite of his athleticism, still going down rather unbelievably to a limited Steve Logan on WoS reruns from the late seventies, and surprisingly even for the commentator against Tom Tyrone. 

Whether this stifled potential was his own choice we will never know ... probably.  He certainly looked capable of taking on and beating any of the top heavyweights who were around when he was.

This impression is confirmed by a far higher success rate in the principal German tournaments mid-seventies where he featured as one of the highest ranked foreign stars, outstripping many who enjoyed more clout in the UK. 

 In Austria too he was winner of the 1976 Viennese All Nations Trophy, entertaining huge crowds over 40 nights.  Caswell returned to Vienna to prove victory was no fluke by completing the double in 1977.

This variable status as exemplified by the results of Caswell Martin is one of the many mysteries we strive to resolve here at Wrestling Heritage.

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Buster Jack Martin (Al Martin)

Wrexham tearaway who never bothered with niceties but gave a great mid-heavyweight villain's performanace unfailingly every time. 

Billed as Jack Martin in the north and Al Martin at other times.

Long time independent stalwart with a successful Joint Promotions run in the early seventies and even a couple of Royal Albert Hall appearances to his name.

Another great favourite of ours.

Tagged unusually with Keith Martinelli in The Martinis, a pairing forced through by name rather than style. 

A regular and ideal television and halls opponent of Masambula and Les Kellett. 

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Rudo Martinez

Colombian heavyweight Rudo Martinez  worked for Dale Martin Promotions in the autumn of 1965 with an undistinguished record against domestic opposition that included Ray Fury, Johnny Czeslaw and more powerful forces such as Gordon Nelson.