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Mohammed Afzal

Leeds based Pakistani wrestler who made a couple of televised appearances. The first was against Blackjack Mulligan, televised from Leeds in 1986. In a tv show from Walthamstow he faced Terry Rudge in May 1988. This was  was part of a knockout tournament. The contest ended in a draw, but was awarded to Rudge on points.  

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Roland Aguirre

Billed as Mexican, but actually Peruvian according to out knowledgeable member Pantaleon Manlapig, the  middleweight Roland Aguirre visited Britain in the spring of 1975. 

He was in his thirties at the time but appeared a fairly inexperienced wrestler and it may have been that he came to Britain to learn the business.

He made a televised appearance against Harry Palin, whom he defeated, and lost at the Royal Albert hall to the much heavier and very experienced Mike Marino.

Meanwhile, moving on from our shores he worked from 1975 until 1992 in  Austria and Germany as Rolo Brazil.

He often teamed with his (real life) brother Katu Brazil (Maximo Aguirre).

Mike Agusta (Phil Kenyon)

The Lancashire cotton town of Accrington is famous for Accrington Stanley Football Club and the 'Accrington Pals', the nickname given to the smallest home town battalion of volunteers formed to fight in the first world war.

Then there are the wrestlers. 

Jack Taylor,  Ray Taylor, Ian St John, Andreas Swasjics, Bob Bannister.......  Not bad for a town with a population of under 40,000 in 1961.

Here's another one for you. Accrington born Philip Kenyon took the name Mike Agusta when he worked for the independent promoters during the 1960s, a career that began in 1962 and ended prematurely when his work as an engineer took him to Switzerland where he still lives. When he was 16 Mike took an interest in weight lifting and travelled to the YMCA in nearby Blackburn twice a week. In 1962 Mike discovered a gym much closer to his home in Accrington.  The gym was run by local wrestler Bob Bannister (ring name Robert Retsinnab). Mike joined the gym to continue with his weight lifting, but soon made friends with the wrestlers at the club. Bob Bannister, Ian St John, Andreas Swajics and the other wrestlers began to teach Mike how to wrestle. It was a busy time for Mike – an engineering apprentice during the day, weightlifting, wrestling and night school in the evenings.

In 1962 Mike made his professional debut at Padiham Town Hall, defeating heavyweight villain Bob McNab via the disqualification route. Although his career lasted only five years Mike treasures great memories to share with Heritage readers, including the training he received from veterans Joe Reid and Bob Sherry, and taking part in a “Great Britain v The World” tournament with Dominic Pye and Cowboy Jack Cassidy at Morecambe. When he was twenty-four Mike was  offered an engineering job in Switzerland. Switzerland offered delights that Accrington was unable to match, robbing British wrestling of another promising star. Phil still lives in Switzerland, contributing to the Talk Wrestling forum.  On the right, a Morecambe 1964 bill supplied by Ray.

Professor Akimao (Professor Akimojo)

Israeli born but living in Belgium he popped over to Britain in March 1973 to obligingly go down to Steve Logan at the Royal Albert Hall. With a background in judo Akimao trained others at his gymnasium in Antwerp.

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Frikki Alberta

A regular fixture on the British wrestling scene from 1961 until 1964 was a tall, bearded Rhodesian born heavyweight called Frederick Alberta, known to wrestling fans as Frikki Alberta. Ex rugby player Frikki followed in his father's footsteps by turning to professional wrestling and was trained by the South African promoter Johan "Bull" Hefer.

He turned professional in 1956, aged 23, stepping into UK rings some five years later. The skilful heavyweight settled in Britain for a couple of years and tackled a range of opponents, including those from lighter weights such as Clay Thompson and Johnny Kwango to heavyweights Charlie Fisher, Dave Armstrong, Majid Ackra, Tony Mancelli and Johnny Yearsley.

Whilst no fall guy to the Brits his record was far from perfect with some surprising losses. One of those losses, but not one of the surprises, was against the mighty Russian, Josef Zaranoff, at the Royal Albert Hall, losing by the odd fall in the final round (above right).

Two television appearances resulted in mixed fortunes; a very creditable knock-out victory over Francis Sullivan in May 1963 at Wembley Town Hall after Frikki deftly side-stepped Sullivan's drop-kick, and a loss the following year, this time when Frikki wasn't so nimble and got in the way of a drop-kick from Albert Wall and failed to beat the count.

Modesto Aledo

 An agile Spanish welterweight who wrestled frequently in the UK during the 1950’s and 1960’s, most often in the south for Dale Martin Promotions. He met the big names of the day such as Alan Colbeck, George Kidd, Mick McManus and Jackie Pallo; usually on the losing end but seemed to have a surprising number of draws against Pallo.

He gallantly lost to George Kidd at the Royal Albert Hall (didn't they all?) and appeared a number of times on British television. 

Modesto Aledo had some championship success and held the European Lightweight title for two short periods, in 1954 and 1967. In 1954 he lost it to the Frenchman Julien Maurice, and in 1967 to the Bradford wrestler Jim Breaks.

Towards the end of his career Modesto Aledo adopted a mask, was known as Kamikaze, and was dressed completely in black and nicknamed the Black Demon. Wearing the mask he was a far more aggressive character than he had been previously in his career.