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I first started wrestling as an amateur at the age of 15 in 1960 when I joined Bill Warners wrestling club in Gillingham, Kent. At the same time I started an electrical engineering apprenticeship with the Regional Electricity Board.

 In 1962 Jack Dale, of Dale Martin Promotions, approached me and asked me if I would be interested in turning professional. Having quickly accepted I was put under the wing of Mike Demitre and trained regularly on Sunday mornings with other wrestlers at Dale’s Gym in Brixton. 

It was only a short time before I got my first Professional bout for Dale Martin on their Bill at Margate. I remember it clearly beating my opponent, Dave Morgan, 2 falls to one.  

For the next 5 years I wrestled all over the south of England against opponents such as Steve Logan, Johnny Kwango, Clayton Thompson, Tug Holton, Arthur Fisher, Ken Joyce and many others. It was a very difficult time because during this period I was also training as an electrical engineer with the Electricity Board and at the Medway College of Technology, so occasionally my college night school suffered because of wrestling. 

 Following this period I completed my engineering training and got my qualifications from College, and was offered a permanent position designing and managing electrical projects in Kent, unfortunately it meant I had to give up the professional ring.

 

 

 

Since then I not only got married, and subsequently had a son & daughter and 5 grandchildren, I also progressed steadily with my career and ended up as the Projects Director for the Electricity Supply Company taking responsibility for such projects as all the major electrical works associated with the Channel Tunnel Terminal at Folkestone, Electricity diversion works for the Channel Tunnel high speed railway link, and major electrical and railway works associated with winning the Private Finance Initiative for London Underground.

 

 

 

In 1998 at the age of 53 I managed to negotiate my early retirement following which I was elected to the Board of Directors of my local golf course. I now spend my time fishing, playing golf and clay pigeon shooting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reply James Tapsell
11:56 AM on June 15, 2011 
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