MLG 1956 Whipper Watson with the 'Canuck Commando' on Buddy Rogers
This bout took place just 3 weeks after Watson lost the NWA Title back to Lou Thesz in St Louis
Rogers had actually challenged Watson during a card at MLG while he was NWA champ
but Watson lost the title the very next day.

They would finally meet here with the title at stake in 1961 when Rogers was champ with Rogers winning via dq.
Rogers would manage 8 defenses here before losing to Thesz at MLG in 1963 while Watson as home town champ
defended here 16 times in 1956 after he had won the belt here in March '56.

Turofsky photo - Thanks to Roger Baker

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