K: Kitto - Knight
Wrestling Heritage A-Z
The Light heavyweight from Romford was a promising star in Dale Martin rings of the early to mid 1960s, with the added interest of living on a boat according to The Wrestler magazine! . A good amateur foundation led to a promising career in the mid sixties, mainly in the south of England. Opponents included Johnny Kwango, Linde Caulder, Tug Holton and, quite often it seemed, Tony Bates. Shortly after The Wrestler magazines prediction of stardom Alan seemed to disappear from our rings; we would welcome more information.
Skilled Irish wrestler turned professional soon after the war as we find him in Jamuary, 1946. wrestling the likes of Ken Joyce, Jack Queseck and Alan Colbeck. By the mid 1950s was established as a top welterweight with wins over Mick McManus, and Jack Cunningham. Defeated Stefan Milla at the Royal Albert Hall before transferring to the independents in 1958, where he became a mainstay of Paul Lincoln Management right up until the 1966 merger. Pat had extensive experience around Europe, wrestling in France, Belgium, Germany, and Austria.
See the entry for Harry Monk
Cocky Chick Knight
He was built like a tank and appeared indestructible. Nevertheless, however much London's Chick Knight broke the rules he simply could not enrage the fans to any great extent and became known as “London's most lovable villain.”
Weighing nineteen stones Knights career spanned a quarter of a century from the early 1930s until 1958. Knight faced all the big name wrestlers of the pre and immediate post war years, being a top of the bill performer in his own right,
He was one of the first wrestlers to be seen on British television, wrestling the Canadian Earl McCready on 31st August, 1938 in a series of wrestling exhibitions broadcast on BBC television.
In 1972 a “Crocodile” Spoon warmer was purchased at a church sale in Sunbury-on Thames, and consequently auctioned. It was claimed that the item had been given as a gift to Chick Knight in appreciation for jumping from Hammersmith bridge and rescuing a drowning person from the Thames. We have been unable to verify this.
A famous name amongst those who have followed wrestling from the mid 1980s onwards. That was when Rowdy Ricky Knight turned professional, enabling him to scrape into our Heritage A-Z of Wrestlers, forming a famous tag team, The Superflys, with his friend Jimmy Ocean. A rumbustious fighter with a large fan base Ricky is now mostly known as a trainer, promoter (World Association Of Wrestling), husband and father of a wrestling dynasty. In 2012 the Knight family were the subject of a Channel 4 documentary, "The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family."
Posh Ronnie Knight
the 1950s “Posh” Ronnie Knight tried to emulate the success of his
illustrious father, Cocky Chick Knight. He didn't make it, but was a
familiar figure on the wrestling scene throughout the 1950s wrestling
top middleweights of the day.