WRESTLING HERITAGE

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British wrestling celebrating wrestling and 
wrestlers from 1930 onwards through 
fifty glorious years of British wrestling history

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Johnny (Young) Milo 

One  of three Greek born London based brothers, Johnny was the youngest sibling of Milo Popocopolis, and Tommy Milo. Sometimes billed as Young Milo in the late 1950s and early 1960s we believe this name was also used by the eldest, Milo Popocoplis, at times in his youth. When not wrestling Johnny and brother Tommy ran a Mexican restaurant, The Acapulco. 

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Tommy Milo

Another “Golden Greek” of the 1950s and 1960s, this one was London restaurateur  Tommy Milo. Tommy was the brother of Milo Popocoplolis and Johnny Milo.

Last seen in the rings of Paul Lincoln Management.

 “A nice bloke, always good for a shilling when I was a kid,” remembers Alan Green.

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Lofty Waterman

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Mick McManus

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Leon Minissini

French heavyweight made a short visit to Britain in February 1956 to face the likes of Mike Marino, Dai Sullivan and Reg Williams.

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Al Miquet

Speed, athleticism, skill and really bushy eyebrows are our memories of Huddersfield lightweight, Al Miquet.

Miquet was just seventeen years old when he turned professional, making his debut in Glasgow against veteran Tony Lawrence.  He went on to become one of the country’s most popular wrestlers, this goal being helped by an unfortunate televised loss to Jackie Pallo when the referee stopped the contest because of a cut above Miquet’s eye.

The Yorkshireman didn’t need the fans’ sympathy to become a top performer as he had sufficient skill to take the British lightweight title from Jim Breaks. Miquet was amongst the top two or three lightweights when a serious car crash almost ended his career in 1971.

Against all odds he returned to the ring, showing determination to regain his place as a top performer, this time at welterweight, and partnering Jon Cortez as one half of the Jet Set tag team.

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Felix Miquet

Felix Miquet was built like the proverbial tank, and one of the biggest men in French wrestling in more ways than once.

That's biggest in stature, biggest in reputation and biggest in prowess.

Born  in Bonvillaret, France, Felix weighed a solid twenty stones and stood 6' 3” tall. He was understandably powerful, and surprising swift for a man of his stature

Not to forget outstanding wrestling ability; the sum of which enabled him to hold  his own with the best in Europe, including British champion  Bert Assirati, Henri Deglane, Robert Herland and Henri Deglane. 

In 1949 European heavyweight champion Felix dropped  the belt to Britain's Bert Assirati, regaining it once again the following year, but did fail to add the World championship when he challenged Frank Sexton in March, 1950.

That was a temporary setback with Felix taking this European version of the World championship from Sexton on 22 January 1951, losing it to Yvar Martinsen the following year.

Felix made a number of fleeting appearances in Britain between 1946 and 1960, between times finding acclaim in Felix  North America, Asia and Australasia.

Francois Miquet

French heavyweight Francois Miquet was the younger brother of Felix.

Francois boxed professionally for two years from 1938, followed by a considerably longer combative stint in the army during the war, and taking up wrestling in 1946 making a short visit to Britain in the Autumn of  that year.

In 1948 he moved to Canada, where he won the Canadian junior heavyweight championship. Francois made a very successful career in Canada and the USA, though shortly after arriving in North America he changed his  wrestling name from Francois Miquet to Corsica Joe.

 Francois Miquet passed away on 14th March, 2010, aged 90.