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Fred Atkins

Name: - Fred Atkins
Height: - 6'1” (183cm)
Weight: - 250lb (113kg)
Born: - 1910
From: - Westport, New Zealand
Debut: - 1930
Retired: - 1971
Died: - May 14, 1988
Also known as: - Kiwi Fred Atkins

Toured Australia: - 1935, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947

Trained in Australia, as a main-eventer for 10 years before travelling to US. Wrestled in San Francisco in 1947 before going to Toronto in 1948. Became a Canadian citizen in 1953. Wrestled Pat O'Connor to a draw for the NWA World title in 1960. Wrestled his last match in 1971, aged 60. Became a referee in Toronto.

Was also well known as a trainer of wrestlers, notably Giant Baba and Tiger Jeet Singh, as well as acting as a trainer for the Buffalo Sabres in NHL.

Titles held: - Australian Hwt (3), British Empire Hwt (2), (SF) NWA World Tag (w/ Ray Eckert), Canadian Tag (w/ Lord Layton), Pacific Coast Tag (w/ Ray Eckert)

Fred Atkins v Moose Cholak, NWA 1963

Credit: Mark Dalgleish, ObsessedWithWrestling, Libnan Ayoub's 100 Years of Australian Professional Wrestling
Photo credit: Maple Leaf Wrestling

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