M: Clive Myers
Clive Myers was a slick welterweight who turned pro in 1970 after successful amateur wrestling and weightlifting experience. He took little time exciting the public in any bout he was involved in.
The token Welterweight Championship of the West Indies was awarded to him, but had all but the most gullible fans questioning its validity. By the mid-seventies word was out of his arm wrestling prowess and claimant of the World Arm Wrestling Championship no less, and later Chair of the British Arm Wrestling Federation. Wrestling Master of Ceremonies Lee Bamber: “Clive was always championing arm wrestling, trying to get it more credibility and support. I remember doing an Arm Wrestling show with him at Battersea Town Hall in the late 1980's Steve Grey was there too, and Dave Lee Travis was a special guest when Clive put on another show at Vauxhall that I hosted a year or so later. Clive was very passionate and commited to the sport of arm wrestling.”
We recognised him immediately for a brief masked spell as Iron Fist. So obvious was the similarity that we can’t imagine any mystery was ever intended. The masked spell was short enough for many, possibly most, fans to miss it. Peter M told us: “Clive wore a mask with his original Iron Fist Judo costume. However, it became evident he struggled to keep his identity a secret. So Clive wrestled on sucessfully as Iron Fist minus a mask. I only ever saw Clive as himself or as 'Iron Fist' Clive Myers on TV or at live bouts. His time with the mask seems to have been a very brief period, which somehow I have missed.” Another Heritage enthusiast Bill Smith said: “Saw Mr Myers as ‘Iron Fist’ many times, but never masked. Last time I saw him was on TV on the Sports Mash show winning the Arm Wrestling Championship. A mask would not have disguised Clive as his mannerisms and moves were too well known.”
Clive adopted a colourful and exaggeratedly acrobatic martial arts style and seemed a serious threat to opponents of all weights as his career peaked in unmasked combat. He teamed with the likes of Kung Fu and Chris Adams, and had memorable battles with Mark Rollerball Rocco and Kendo Nagasaki. It was one of those matches with Nagasaki that is most often remembered, but not for the best of reasons. This was not wrestling as we knew it muttered the old time fans. This was the Disco Challenge Match televised from London Hippodrome. The objective of the match was to grasp a gold coloured disc hanging from the ceiling. The entire spectacle was accompanied by music blaring out over the speaker system. This was not Clive’s, Nagasaki’s or wrestling’s finest moment.
By then Clive was already established as a television favourite in matches much more to our liking. In all he appeared in well over sixty televised matches with a wide range of opponents from lightweight Steve Grey to colourful Jackie Pallo to the butchery of Dave Bond. The incredible ending to his televised bout with Mick McManus is discussed more than forty years later and is reviewed in Armchair Corner under Spring Heeled and Surly.
On his retirement from wrestling in the late 1980s, we last saw him in 1988, Clive moved to Jamaica. In 2012 Clive formed the Ironfist Fitness Academy to tackle obesity.
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