Bouts involving this 1971 Japanese visitor, Sueo Inoeu, began in such good humour. Twenty two years old when he came to Britain the Japanese heavyweight would offer a half smile before bowing deeply to the audience, his opponent, and seemingly anything that moved. The first round or two were usually fought within the rules, with the obligatory pauses for the occasional bow. The initial signs of irritation, when things were not going the Japanese wrestler’s way, would be the unleashing of a flurry of chops. Their force stopped his opponent in his stride, temporarily at least, but when they weren’t enough Mitsu Inoue would discard the rules and use any tactic to win. In his 1971 Royal Albert Hall bout against Steve Veidor he dragged the Cheshire heavyweight from the ring o start a rare ringside brawl amongst the fans.
Seven years of wrestling activity deserves more than this. We have records of Dave Ireland working for independent promoters between 1958 and 1965. We would welcome further information.
One of the true pioneers of all-in wrestling James William Welsh was the Iron Duke and was born in London on 6th May , 1901 to a family of Irish heritage. His father had begun working life as a labourer but by the time of William's birth was working as a crane driver. William Welsh went on to work in London's Surrey Docks as a stevedore and joined the merchant navy in 1921, serving on the battleship Iron Duke.
It was from here that he took his fighting name, The Iron Duke. It was a name which reports suggest suited a no-nonsense rugged style. In a contest against Francis St Clair Gregory it was reported, “The Iron Duke opened with heavy punching and the second round was only half through when the Cornishman was beaten to the mat with blows on the back of his neck. He was apparently dazed and the referee counted him out.”
On another occasion the Iron duke “secured the first fall in the second round by punching his opponent to the boards.” The opponent was none other than the giant 7 feet tall, 22 stones Carver Doone!
We have read of other equally rumbustious encounters with Jack Pye and Bulldog Bill Garnon. Whoever the opponent the Iron Duke could give as good as he got. In fairness we should add that there are many reports of the Iron Duke wrestling skilfully and within the rules, such as a match with Sam Rabin, in which “the encounter was notable for the sporting way in which it was contested,” and against Carl Reginsky, “One of the finest and cleanest wrestling bouts seen in Plymouth.” Iron Duke wrestled mainly, but not exclusively, in the south of England against all the well-known names of the All-In era, finally disappearing from our rings around 1945.
The Iron Duke died on 15th September 1970.
Our references are all for Isha Ismael working for Jack Taylor's International Promotions in the early 1960s. Most likely capitalising on the more famous Judah Ischa Israel (see below)..
Juda Ischa Israel
Clever and stylish the Jewish welterweight Juda Ischa Israel was introduced to British audiences in January, 1955. Starting out facing the tough nut of Scotland Chic Purvey we were impressed by the relentless quality of his opposition.
There were no easy rides for this clever wrestler moving on from George Kidd to Cliff Beaumont, Jack Dempsey, Ken Joyce, Alan Colbeck, Eddie Capelli, Jim Lewis, Mick McManus, Jack Cunningham, Eric Sands, Cyril Knowles, Pat Kloke; opposition could come no harder than this. His style was most suitable for opposition to scientific wrestlers, and George Kidd was a frequent opponent.
He left British rings after four months but was welcomed back in January 1956 for another short visit. Further visits were made in 1958 and 1959. Between 1960 and 1964 he was back in Britain, this time wrestling for the independent promoters, and returning to Joint promotion rings in October, 1964. Last seen in Salisbury in October, 1965.