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The Spanish heavyweight, from Seville, made extensive visits to Britain during the winters of 1969 and 1970. He was a polished performer well known throughout all the countries of western Europe ans central America where wrestling was popular.
Moustachioed, stocky heavyweight Josef Molnar was a popular and frequent visitor to Britain during the 1960s. One of those colourful characters that greatly enriched the British wrestling scene.
He was here off and on every year from 1960 until 1972. A mixed bag of results, often going town to fairly routine opposition whilst at other times working alongside the best, drawing with Gerry DeJager and even defeating Earl Maynard.
A Royal Albert Hall debut loss to Eric Taylor was followed up with an absurd mismatched straight falls win over Billy Torontos. At one time picked up and dropped the European light heavyweight title to Ernie Riley.
His 1971 visit was alongside Hungarian Arpi Weber. Positive advance publicity preceded their arrival as The Hungarian Horsemen, but our recollection is that they made little impact following a two falls to one win over the Black Diamonds at the Royal Albert Hall.
Unsurprisingly worked throughout Europe and we know he did wrestle in Mexico, but have no knowledge of American or Canadian visits.
Weighing in at 22 stones Harry Monk must have squeezed into quite a few tight spaces over the years, and at his new lighter weight he's squeezed into the Wrestling Heritage years.
Taking the opposite route to most Harry turned professional wrestler following years of counting 'em out as a referee for promoters Mike DeMain and Ian Leeds.
When a few wrestlers began taking liberties Harry decided if he was going to get thrown around he might as well get paid for his troubles by training as a wrestler. Al Marshall introduced Harry to Alan Kilby who gve the novice a bit of a pasting to test his mettle. Undeterred Harry moved on to Dave Bedford and Ray Robinson for training in the professional style. When the time was ready Harry made his professional debut against Scrubber Daly, and this was the start of a hectic career in which Harry juggled five or six matches a week with his work as a lorry driver.
Mostly remembered by fans are his frequent tussles with Barry Douglas and Ritchie Brooks. Sometimes villain, sometimes hero, Harry was always dressed in black tights and white boots, in tribute to Rough-house Harry Bennett. If the name Harry Monk is unfamiliar Harry can offer a few others as he has also wrestled under the names Harry Ryan, Andy Ryan, Andrew Knight, The Liquidator, The Executioner, and Doctor Death. "We all ended up as Doctor Death," laughed Harry.
Liverpool's Jimmy Monroe started out working for the independent promoters in the mid 1970s. Just made it onto tv in July 1988, three months before transmissions ended.
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Put a hood on a 24 stone man and what style of wrestler would you expect?
Yes, that's right. The Monster was a bruiser of the first order. Thirty seconds into the match, make that ten, and he would have left you in no doubt that here was a villain of the first order.
A huge man with a black mask The Monster was a fearsome sight of the wrestling rings of the 1960s, both Joint Promotions and the opposition. He was always billed as a 24 stone South American. The origins were definitely part of wrestling kidology and the weight does seem something of an exaggeration. Nevertheless, he was a very big man who we enjoyed watching in the 1960s against the likes of Wild Angus Campbell, Pat Curry and Cowboy Cassidy. Our photo shows the Monster with a Boston Crab on Shirley Crabtree in a 1961 match for Premier Promotions at Ilford Baths.
In the mid 1960s The Monster took part in a series of two versus one matches (he was the one!), most notably against The Undertakers tag team, who he routinely defeated. Part of the great tradition of Britain's masked men of wrestling, you can read more about him, including the name of the man behind the mask in the Top 20 Masked Men of Wrestling Heritage .
Buddy Montes joined brother Charro in a 1967 visit to Britain, the highlight no doubt being a disqualification victory over Johnny Yearsley and Danny Lynch at the Royal Albert Hall.
Mexican Charro Montes came our way a good few years before brother Buddy, visiting Britain in 1951 and 1954 and returning in 1967 with brother Buddy.