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Kid Callon

We found Keighley's Kid Callon on our wrestling radar in 1950 wrestling the likes of Bob McDonald, Larry Laycock and Alf Cadman in northern England and Scotland. By then Kid Callon had already learned the wrestling trade in the wrestling rings of Malaysia and Singapore in the years following the end of the second world war. Young Derek, his birth name, 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. It was whilst serving in the army Derek took up wrestling, using the name Kid Callon, and was soon sharing a ring with the likes of Con Balassis and Dara Singh, billed at “The powerful untamed white savage.” In 1948 he returned to Britain where he continued his wrestling career and played rugby league for Keighley. Derek Callon died, aged 82, in 2008, 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.

Kid Callon passed away in 2008.


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.


Dave Cameron (New Zealand)

Many fans of the 1960s will remember Dave Cameron as a regular contributor to The Wrestler magazine. He was the one that brought us news of the New Zealand wrestling scene. 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, He made two visits to Britain, in 1957, and again in the early 1960s, where he did work professionally for Wryton and Dale Martin Promotions..


Fergus Cameron

See the entry for Bill Blake


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

Big, bearded and brutish Jock Cameron looked the part of a great wrestling villain, which he was. He began his career as Hal Strickland but was soon transformed by clever promoters into Jock Campbell, the brother of Wild Angus. Trained by Dominic Pye.on the Lancashire coast where he was born Jock’s early career was as a top of the bill heavyweight on independent shows. He was at his best in partnership with Angus, and the two enraged fans throughout the world. Jock wrestled throughout Europe, North America and Canada. Jock joined Joint Promotions in 1967, where he was re-named Jock Cameron . Joint Promotions failed to capitalise on the potential of Jock Cameron and he spent much of his later career wrestling overseas.


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.

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