Duke Keomuka vs Tommy "Nature Boy" Phelps

From Longview, Texas circa 1954, this clip was rescued from station KTVE, which went off the air not long after the bout was filmed. Phelps, playing the heel role here, was one of the independent wrestlers who worked for Ed McLemore during the 1953-54 promotional war with Houston promoter Morris Sigel, and stayed on for a time after the dispute was finally settled; the referee is Big Humphrey Pennyworth (real name: Joseph Vitale). Despite the partially obscured view of the ring, this is a fascinating historical clip.

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