He tumed pro first as a boxer, but alter winning his first eight matches, he took a bad beating when challenging for the world light heavyweight title. After the loss, he was having a hard time getting matches, so he switched to pro wrestling in I960 for promoter Leroy ... He was quickly made NWA world junior heavyweight champion, defeating Angelo Savoldi on July 22, I960, in Oklahoma City. ... He weighed 367 pounds in I992, making him larger than even the famed Vassily Alekseyev.
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