WRESTLING HERITAGE

B: Beaumont

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Arthur Beaumont (Also known as Arthur Belshaw, Arthur Ricardo, Terrence Ricardo)
The heaviest of the three Belshaw brothers who were trained in the Lancashire catch style was Arthur Beaumont, sometimes billed as Arthur Ricardo or Terrence Ricardo.. 

The red haired heavyweight  had a brief flirtation with titles when he held the British mid heavyweight crown for a short time in 1963. 

Titles aside Arthur was recognised as one of the "real" wrestlers respected by everyone in the business.

Beaumont was well versed in the Lancashire style of Catch, “Giving summat t’ get summat,” and the science of leverage and balance to outwit opponents. 

No better example than his televised contest against Earl Maynard in January 1963 at Lime Grove Baths. Maynard, an internationally acclaimed wrestler, was a stone heavier than Beaumont, more powerful, and with a more well developed physique. 

It was Beaumont, though, that had the wrestling knowledge and pure skill to outwit Maynard and win by the odd fall. 

When it comes to wrestling there were few greater exponents than the Belshaw family. The Belshaw brothers learnt the professional wrestling business at “Pop Charnock' gym, and not the better known Riley's. 

Cliff Beaumont (Also known as Cliff Belshaw, Alf Fuller)
Cliff Belshaw, sometimes known sometimes as Cliff Beaumont was said by Billy Robinson to be one of the top three lightweight/welterweights, the other two being Jack Dempsey and Mel Riss. 

Belshaw was a master of the understated art of wrestling. His skill made it all look so effortless as he deftly changed strategy to strike when least expected.  His defeat of Joe Reid at Newcastle in 1948 led to recognistion in northern parts as Britsh and European champion, but in those days, of course, there was no nationally recognised set of champions.

Trained in the Lancashire style at Charnocks Gymnasium, Wigan, Belshaw used balance and leverage to outmanoeuvre opponents of all weights. Cliff appeared in the first UK televised wrestling show, from West Ham Baths on 9th November 1955 his opponent being Bert Royal. Often overlooked by fans who were attracted to those with a more flamboyant style  there were few who could entertain with the pure science of wrestling in the way that Cliff Belshaw could.

Jack Beaumont (Also known as Jack Belshaw)
The legendary Count Bartelli, a man who remained undefeated for twenty years, named Jack Beaumont as one of his two toughest opponents (the other being Bert Assirati. "Beaumont was a very hard wrestler and never let up," said Bartelli.  

One of the top light heavyweights in the country Beaumont trained at Charnock’s gymnasium in Wigan. As early as 1948 he was reckoned to be the only serious contender for Jack Dale’s middleweight title. In his first visit south, in 1948, Beaumont held Dale to a draw.  

Even in those early post war days Jack Beaumont received international recognition and in 1948 travelled extensively throughout Europe. Jack died at far too early an age, just 43, following a bout in Chorlton in 1963.  

He was the brother of Arthur and Cliff Belshaw, with Belshaw being the family name.    

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