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BESSEMER, ALABAMA 1932 (From The Birmingham News)
The Birmingham News usually just posted show announcements for the Bessemer shows, but rarely posted results. Chris Jordan formally took over as promoter for the American Legion post in Bessemer in July.

Bessemer, AL: Friday, 1 January 1932
Promoter: Tom Ferguson
(1818 4th Avenue) … Mickey O’Neil vs James Henry … Big Boy Taylor vs Bob Stewart

Bessemer, AL: Friday, 8 January 1932
Promoter: Tom Ferguson
(1818 4th Avenue) … Fritz Crane vs Bobby O’Neil … The show opened with the first round of an amateur wrestling tournament

Bessemer, AL: Friday, 15 January 1932
Promoter: Tom Ferguson
(1818 4th Avenue) … Mike Polo vs Dennis (Jack) Lentz … Bulldog Mallory vs Roughhouse Jefferies

Bessemer, AL: Friday, 22 January 1932
Promoter: Tom Ferguson
(1818 4th Avenue) … Freddie Knichel beat Henry Burke (2-1) … Joe Gunther beat Ambrose Cole via DQ

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 27 January 1932
Promoter: Tom Ferguson
(1818 4th Avenue) … Henry Burke vs Ambrose Cole … Tiger Boyd vs Jack Lentz

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 03 February 1932
Promoter: Tom Ferguson
(1818 4th Avenue) … Joe Gunther vs Bulldog Mallory … Freddie Knichel vs Ambrose Cole

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 2 March 1932
Promoter: Tom Ferguson
(1818 4th Avenue) … Joe Gunther vs ? … Sailor Watkins vs Jack Morrow

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 09 March 1932
Promoters: Lewis Ruffner & Bill Thomas
(1818 4th Avenue) … Freddie Knichel vs Sammy Miller … Jack McClesky vs Walter Hedrick

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 16 March 1932
Promoters: Lewis Ruffner & Bill Thomas
(1818 4th Avenue) … Chief Chacoma vs Joe Gunther … John Felix vs Bulldog Mallory

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 23 March 1932
Promoters: Lewis Ruffner & Bill Thomas
(1818 4th Avenue) … Freddie Knichel vs John Case … Sammy Miller vs Hank Galvin

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 30 March 1932
Promoters: ?
(1818 4th Avenue) … Chief Chacoma vs Joe Gunther … John Felix vs Sammy Miller

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 06 April 1932
Promoters: ?
(1818 4th Avenue) … Joe Dillman vs Tom Malloy … Freddie Knichel vs Roughhouse Jack Sullivan

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 13 April 1932
Promoters: ?
(1818 4th Avenue) … Joe Gunther vs Doc Burns … Chief Chacoma vs Freddie Knichel

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 20 April 1932
Promoters: Lewis Ruffner & Bill Thomas
(1818 4th Avenue) … Tom Malloy beat George Harben (2-1, 3rd fall DQ) … Don Cortez beat Roughhouse Jack Sullivan (2-0) … Referee: Kid Lott

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 27 April 1932
Promoters: ?
(1818 4th Avenue) … Pete Marelia vs Freddie Knichel … Roy Anderson vs Muggsy Malone

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 04 May 1932
Promoters: ?
(1818 4th Avenue) … Henri Clausen vs Joe Fisher … Johnny Carlin vs Kid Lott

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 18 May 1932
Promoters: ?
(1818 4th Avenue) … Tiger Caddell vs Jack Williams … Kid Lott vs Tom Malloy

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 25 May 1932
(1818 4th Avenue) … Wildcat Pete vs Joe Fisher … Sailor Wayne Dunkle vs Jack Lamar … On May 29th, the Worth Lewis Post of Bessemer announced it would discontinue wrestling shows to begin a series of amateur boxing shows.

On July 16th, an announcement was made that Chris Jordan had signed on with the Worth Lewis Post to begin holding wrestling shows again beginning the following Tuesday night, July 19th.

Bessemer, AL: Tuesday, 19 July 1932
(1818 4th Avenue) … John Felix vs Buck Lawson … Tony Lyle vs Roy Allen

Decatur, AL: Monday, 25 July 1932

No show was held due to the American Legion convention taking place in Gadsden. Future cards would be held at Garrett Park.

Bessemer, AL: Tuesday, 27 July 1932
(1818 4th Avenue) … John Felix vs Buck Lawson … Dale Haddock vs Leo Donoghue

Bessemer, AL: Tuesday, 02 August 1932
(1818 4th Avenue) … Bulldog Mallory vs Dale Haddock … Bill Love vs Jack Hollenback

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 10 August 1932
(1818 4th Avenue) … Fred Lassiter vs Kid Lott … Buck Lawson vs Roy Allen

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 17 August 1932
(1818 4th Avenue) … Blacksmith Pedigo vs Dale Haddock … Johnny Maudlin vs Jack Hollenback

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 24 August 1932
(1818 4th Avenue) … Kid Lott vs Lon Chaney … Buck Lawson vs Bulldog Mallory

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 31 August 1932
(1818 4th Avenue) … Joe Dillman vs Farmer Grove … Joe Gunther vs Dale Haddock

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 07 September 1932
(1818 4th Avenue) … Freddie Knichel vs Roy Allen … Bulldog Mallory vs Billy Watson

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 14 September 1932
(1818 4th Avenue) … Scotty Williams vs Ray Banks … John Felix vs Dale Haddock

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 28 September 1932
(1818 4th Avenue) … Fritz Crane vs Chief Buffalo … Lon Chaney vs Tony Lyle

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 05 October 1932
(1818 4th Avenue) … Roughhouse Hagan vs Lon Chaney … Bob Steinsmith vs Billy Londos

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 19 October 1932
(1818 4th Avenue) … John Felix vs Luis (Ugo?) Pogi … Gus Johnson vs Lon Chaney

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 26 October 1932
(1818 4th Avenue) … Joe Gunther vs Waino Ketonen … Freddie Knichel vs Billy Londos

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 02 November 1932
(1818 4th Avenue) … Joe Dillman vs Ernest Kelly … Bulldog Mallory vs Ugo Pogi

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 09 November 1932
(1818 4th Avenue) … Freddie Knichel vs Jack Sherry … Kid Lott vs Mike Meroney

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 16 November 1932
(1818 4th Avenue) … Leo Donoghue vs Gayle Byrd … Kid Lott vs Pete DeSalvo

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 23 November 1932
(1818 4th Avenue) … Billy Londos vs Lou Cherry … Charlie Harbo vs Ugo Pogi

Bessemer, AL: Wednesday, 30 November 1932
(1818 4th Avenue) …Billy Londos vs Lou Cherry … Ernest Kelly vs Jimmy DeSalvo

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DECATUR, ALABAMA 1932 (From the Decatur Daily)

An article in the May 23rd Decatur Daily announced that Butler P.A. Hine, promoter for local American Legion Post No. 15, would be bringing boxing and wrestling to Decatur in cooperation with promoter Chris Jordan, who had found great success promoting cards in Fairfield, Alabama. This would be the first in a run of regular shows that would continue until Jordan's death in 1940. The initial run of shows was staged outdoors at the Alabama Hosiery Mills baseball park.

The Decatur Daily rarely reported actual, or even estimated, attendance numbers for the shows. Most often the writers just described the crowds as “large” or “light”.

Decatur, AL: Tuesday, 31 May 1932
(Alabama Mills Park) ... Freddie Knichel beat Sailor Dunklin (46:52, 2-1) ... Doc Burns drew Roy Anderson (60:00, 1-1) ... Referee: Audrey Watkins ... Attendance: 500

Decatur, AL: Friday, 10 June 1932
(Alabama Mills Park) ... Joe Gunther beat Freddie Fields (18:32, 2-0) ... Fred Lassiter beat Tom Mallory (16:20, 2-1) ... Referees: John Felix (preliminary), Audrey Watkins (main event) ... Between falls, the crowd was entertained by the Central High School band

Once the regular schedule of shows began, the card was typically opened by a one-hour limit preliminary and closed by a two-hour limit main event.

Decatur, AL: Monday, 20 June 1932
(Alabama Mills Park) ... Joe Gunther (sub for Leo Donoghue) beat Gayle Byrd (35:07, 2-1) ... Doc Burns beat Clete Duval (20:24, 2-1) ... Referee: Audrey Watkins

Decatur, AL: Monday, 4 July 1932
(Alabama Mills Park) … Freddie Knichel beat Tony Lyle (51:37, 2-1) … Joe Gunther beat Doc Burns (27:00, 2-1) ...

Decatur, AL: Monday, 11 July 1932
(Alabama Mills Park) … Scotty Williams beat Gayle Byrd (18:59, 2-0) … Leo Donohue beat John Felix (25:18, 2-1) via disqualification … Referees: Joe Gunther (preliminary), Audrey Watkins (main event)

Butler Hine is last mentioned as promoter on July 14th in a letter to the Decatur Daily explaining how he is taking a loss on the wrestling shows in order to keep them going for the public, but that the shows are barely making enough money to pay the wrestlers’ travel expenses. Going forward, only Chris Jordan is mentioned in the role of matchmaker and promoter for the shows in Decatur.

Decatur, AL: Monday, 18 July 1932
(Alabama Mills Park) ... Buck Lawson beat Roy Allen (32:34, 2-1) … Fred Lassiter beat Bill Harris (sub for Tony Lyle) (4:10, 1-0) … Referee: Audrey Watkins … Lassiter and Watkins faced off in an amateur boxing match for two 2-minute rounds with no decision given.

Monday, 25 July 1932
No show was held due to the American Legion convention taking place in Gadsden. Future cards would be held at Garrett Park.

Decatur, AL: Monday, 01 August 1932
(Garrett Park) … Buck Lawson beat Bill Romanoff (28:30, 2-1) via disqualification … Leo Donoghue beat Jimmy Shaver (24:48, 2-1) … Referee: Audrey Watkins

Decatur, AL: Monday, 08 August 1932
(Garrett Park) … Freddie Knichel beat Buck Lawson (30:40, 2-1) … Jack Hollenbeck beat Johnnie Mauldin (31:51: 2-0) … Referee: Audrey Watkins … Mauldin substituted for the advertised Billy Love who was reportedly injured in a recent match in Mobile [This would be the Aug. 5th show vs. The Masked Marvel]

Decatur, AL: Monday, 15 August 1932
(Garrett Park) … Blacksmith Pedigo beat Joe Gunther (41:23, 2-1) … Jack Hollenbeck drew The Masked Marvel (60:00, 1-1) … Referee: Audrey Watkins

Decatur, AL: Monday, 22 August 1932
(Garrett Park) … Lon Chaney vs Jack Hollenbeck … Buck Lawson vs Dale Haddock
Decatur, AL: Monday, 29 August 1932
(Garrett Park) … Joe Dillman beat Lon Chaney (31:58, 2-1) ... Bulldog Mallory beat Cyclone Watson (25:30, 2-1) ... Referee: Audrey Watkins

Decatur, AL: Monday, 05 September 1932
(Garrett Park) … Bill Londos beat Dale Haddock (34:18, 2-0) … Scoggy Higgins beat Fred Lassiter (25:31, 2-0) … Referees: Audrey Watkins (preliminary), Bill Hoskins (main event)

Decatur, AL: Monday, 12 September 1932
(Garrett Park) … Joe Dillman beat Scoggy Higgins (28:34, 2-1) … Leo Donoghue beat Ray Banks (28:45, 2-0) … Referee: Roy Allen

That was the last outdoor show as the American Legion had been working on an arrangement to move the wrestling matches into the new Martin Arena, which had been the American Cleaners laundry in a previous life. The new arena was configured with 385 permanent seats with room for another 50-75 chairs when needed.

Decatur, AL: Monday, 19 September 1932
(Martin Arena) … (,-) … Freddie Knichel beat John Felix (44:30, 2-1) … Referees: Aubrey Watkins (preliminary), Bill Hoskins (main event)

Decatur, AL: Monday, 26 September 1932
(Martin Arena) … Leo Donoghue beat Billy Londos (54:40, 2-1, 3rd fall DQ) … Eli Lux beat Bill Hoskins (1-0, 13:59) … Referee: Bill Hoskins (main event) … Fritz Crane failed to appear for his advertised match against with Eli Lux and was suspended by the Alabama Boxing Commission

Decatur, AL: Monday, 03 October 1932
(Martin Arena) … Arena Dedication Night … Al Stecher beat Chief Buffalo (36:03, 2-1) … Freddie Knichel drew Joe Gunther (60:00: 1-1) … Referee: Bill Hoskins

Decatur, AL: Monday, 10 October 1932
(Martin Arena) … Lon Chaney beat Eli Lux (31:52, 2-1) … Bill Romanoff beat Bob Steinsmith (28:00, 2-0) … Referee: Bill Hoskins
Decatur, AL: Monday, 17 October 1932
(Martin Arena) … Rex Mobley beat Tiger Kelley (28:49, 2-1) … Billy Londos drew Freddie Knichel (60:00, 1-1) … Referee: Audrey Watkins

Decatur, AL: Monday, 24 October 1932
(Martin Arena) … Waino Ketonen beat Lon Chaney (21:50, 2-0) … Joe Gunther beat Ugo Pogi (49:00, 2-0) … Referees: Audrey Watkins (preliminary), Bill Hoskins (main event)

Decatur, AL: Monday, 31 October 1932
(Martin Arena) … Rex Mobley beat Dutch Green (34:57, 2-1, 3rd fall DQ) … Leo Donoghue beat Mack Sherry (34:25, 2-0) … Referee: Bill Hoskins

Decatur, AL: Monday, 07 November 1932
(Martin Arena) … Lawrence County Night … Joe Dillman beat Mike Meroney (36:54, 2-1) … Joe Gunther drew Gayle Byrd (60:00, 1-1) … Referee: Audrey Watkins … The crowd was entertained by Paul Puckett’s ‘Bama Darlyns during intermissions

Decatur, AL: Monday, 14 November 1932
(Martin Arena) … Rex Mobley beat Jimmy DeSalvo (21:40, 2-1) … Leo Donoghue beat Billy Londos (31:35, 2-1) … Referee: Bill Alexander (preliminary), Bill Hoskins (main event)

Decatur, AL: Monday, 21 November 1932
(Martin Arena) … Tarzan (George) Romanoff beat Buck Lawson (2-0) … Gayle Byrd beat Mack Sherry (2-1) … Lawson substituted for the advertised Freddie Knichel who was said to be “laid low with influenza”

Decatur, AL: Monday, 28 November 1932
(Martin Arena) … Joe Dillman beat Rex Mobley (2-1) via knockout from a back drop … Joe Gunther beat Jimmy Chanus (2-0) … Referee: Bill Hoskins

Decatur, AL: Monday, 05 December 1932
(Martin Arena) … Joe Gunther beat Gayle Byrd (sub for Bobby Sampson) (42:45, 2-1) … Jack Hollenbeck beat Mike Meroney (29:55, 2-0) … Referee: Ernest Kelley

Decatur, AL: Monday, 12 December 1932
(Martin Arena) … Tarzan the Ape Man beat Dutch Green (2-1) … Charlie Nichols beat Tiger Kelley (26:59, 2-1) … Referee: Bobby Kernichel (probably Bob Knichel)

Decatur, AL: Monday, 19 December 1932
(Martin Arena) … Freddie Knichel beat Joe Gunther (40:17, 2-1) … Dale Haddock beat Bull Smith (42:25, 2-1) … Referee: Bob Knichel