Story: Boxing and wrestling

John da Silva wrestling Willem Hall, 1969

John da Silva wrestling Willem Hall, 1969

Wrestler John da Silva (standing) ran a professional wrestling organisation – the Central Wrestling Association – in the 1960s and 1970s. Da Silva was an amateur wrestler between 1953 and 1958, after which he turned professional. Here, South African wrestler Willem Hall is coming off the worst in a bout between the two held in Nelson in 1969.

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Nelson Provincial Museum, Nelson Photo News Collection
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Photograph by Barry Simpson

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Joseph Romanos, 'Boxing and wrestling - Wrestling', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Joseph Romanos, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Jan 2015