Dan Jones

Dan Jones Wrestles with Two Books on Fighting

The Last Wrestlers: A Far Flung Journey in Search of a Manly Art

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Tent Boxing: An Australian Journey

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The last live wrestling match I saw was at the Cambridge Corn Exchange in 2002. The highlight was a ‘Fatties Match’, in which three men with a combined weight of nearly 100 stone cavorted around the creaking ring. They were wearing leotards and tiny pairs of underpants, and performed numerous unlikely somersaults that did none of them much physical damage, but made a thunderous noise.

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