WRESTLING HERITAGE

British wrestling history 

S: Sullivan - Svenson

Wrestling Heritage A-Z



Mickey Sullivan
Mickey Sullivan is remembered by fans as one of the best wrestlers of the latter Mountevans years. On numerous occasions discussions of the most under rated wrestlers have included Mickey's name.  Mickey trained in Portsmouth at the gym of Big Bruno Elrington, alongside his friend and mentor Danny Quinn and John Kowalski. He turned professional in the late 1960s, initially working for the independent promoters. In the 1970s he was a popular worker for top promoters such as Jackie Pallo and Independent Joint Promotions, against top class opposition that included Tony Scarlo, Jon Cortez and Al Miquet. Mickey went on to work for Joint Promotions, most famously losing to Steve Grey at the Royal Albert Hall in September, 1981 and wrestling in Zimbabwe.

Johnny Summers
From Chorley in Lancashire Johnny Summers claimed the World Flyweight Championship in the 1930s. He must have been a pretty tough fighter to have made his way in the all-in rings of the 1930s against men who were usually much heacier than himself. Nowadays Johnny is mostly remembered as the opponent, and vanquisher,  of Jeff Conda (later Count Bartelli) when he made his professional debut at the Broadway Palace, Chester, in June 1939. In “They Called Him The Count” Bartelli tells how Summers taught him a hard lesson that night in Chester.

Sheik Cas El Suri
There have been numerous Sheiks in British wrestling down the years and distinguishing between them can be problematic.We have to rely on The Wrestle rmagazine for information about Sheik Cas El Sori, a source not always known for complete accuracy. They reported that the Sheik had been born in the Lebanon in 1935, coming to Britain in childhood. The magazine reported a boxing and judo background and only turned full time professional at the beginning of 1964.
 
Andreas Svajick (Also known as Janos Svadjek, Andreas Swajics, Anton Swasjics, Androz Zychich)
No wrestler had a greater variation for the spelling of his name than this lightening fast Hungarian born lightweight of some forty odd years ago. Whatever the arrangement of letters and consonants the youngster impressed on the many occasions we saw him. He was athletic and lightning fast, with his clean cut style  at its best against other speed merchants like Johnny Saint, Ian St John and Maurice Hunter. 

Andreas was Hungarian born and left his native country in the second half of the 1950s following the Hungarian revolution. He was already an experienced amateur wrestler when he left Hungary to set up home in Accrington, Lancashire. He gained employment as a fitter at the English Electric aircraft factory in nearby Clayton le Moors. With a desire to pursue his wrestling interests in the professional style he joined Bob Bannister's wrestling club. It was here that he met Ian St John, with whom he was to have a long series of scintillating bouts around the country. Andreas turned semi professional around 1961, working for independent promoters Bob Bannister, Cape Promotions and Jack Taylor. 

Mostly associated with the independent promoters of the north and midlands, Andreas did work for Joint Promotions on occasions and partnered Zoltan Boscik when the pair lost to the Royal brothers in 1971. 

Olaf Svenson
We have found eighteen matches for this heavyweight billed from Sweden, all for Wryton Promotions, and seventeen of them in Hanley. The other was at Willenhall. Opponents included Count Bartelli, Bill Benny, Sam Burmister, and Mike Marino. So he sounds like a big man who could work with the best. Not to be confused with an American of this name.