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Kid Callon

Kid Callon was a man with a story to tell. He was born, Derek Anthony Callon, in Keighley on 26th January, 1926,  Young Derek was taught to box by his father, a former bare knuckles fighter, whilst he was still at school. When he left school Derek started work in the local metal works, on full production as part of the war effort. In 1944, aged 18, he  was conscripted into the army and within a short time he was posted to Singapore, a hotbed of professional wrestling in the 1940s.  In 1945 we find him wrestling at the Great World Arena in Singapore,  wrestling alongside the likes of Con Balassis, Jeff Conda and Dara Singh,labelled. From 1945 until 1948 he was a regular competitor in the rings of Singapore  and Malaysia, a man renowned for his rough tactics inside the ring. 

In 1948 Derek returned to Britain where he continued his wrestling career and played rugby league for Keighley. We found him in 1950 wrestling the likes of Bob McDonald, Larry Laycock and Alf Cadman in northern England and Scotland. 

Derek callon died on 1st July, 2008, aged 82, but his remarkable life, more so for his exploits outide the ring, live on in the book that celebrates his life,  "The Untamed White Savage," written by his son Derek.


Dave Cameron (Huddersfield) (Elvis Cameron, Elvis Jerome, The Godfather)

Worked mainly for the independent promoters in the 1970s, though did have two televised bouts (as Elvis Jerome) in 1975 against Pete Ross and Eddie Riley. We would welcome more information.


Dave Cameron (New Zealand)

Yes, another wrestler sharing a name with a British Prime Minister. 

Our second Dave Cameron is something of a legend amongst serious wrestling fans. Not so much for the two  visits to Britain, in 1957, and again  in the early 1960s, where he  worked professionally for Wryton  and Dale Martin Promotions. Dave, from Gisborne on the east coast of the north island, took up amateur wrestling in 1951. In a country dominated by heavyweights Dave discovered that his impressive amateur credentials were not enough to allow him to make the grade as a professional wrestler. 

It is for his work as a wrestling historian, documenting the history and development of wrestling in New Zealand and around the world that Dave is celebrated. Many fans of the 1960s will remember  him as a regular contributor to The Wrestler magazine, where he brought us news of the New Zealand wrestling scene. John Shelvey reminded us, "He has authored hundreds of stories for countless wrestling and boxing magazines around the globe and also has written and published the first of two books on the history of New Zealand wrestling."

Fergus Cameron

See the entry for Bill Blake


Jock Cameron  (Jock Campbell, Harry Strickland, Hal Strickland)

See the entry for Jock Campbell.


Terry Camm

Worksop's Terry Camm was a popular figure in British rings around the country during the 1960s. He chose wrestling as a career in preference to soccer, turning down the opportunity to join the books of Sheffield United. Trained by Nottingham's Al Nicol he turned professional in January 1961, making his debut against Gorilla Reg Ray, losing by two falls to one in his home town, Worksop. He was immediately facing big names of the Joint Promotions circuit that included Arthur Beaumont, Alf Cadman, Don Branch and Jon Foley. Terry made two television appearances, against Jean Morandi in July 1964, and Colin Joynson twelve months later. He was a regular worker who seemed destined to become one of the big names of future decades only to disappear from our rings in the late 1960s, maybe to concentrate on his greengrocer's business, but we would like to now.

Page revised 24/05/2019: Revision of Kid Callon entry