All Big Venues put on MOUNTEVANS TITLE Matches fairly regularly-and KINGS HALL
BELLE VUE MANCHESTER was no Different!
As with CAIRD HALL in DUNDEE and RAH in the SOUTH- A Contest with a BELT at
stake was usually a Sure-Fire Draw-as a lot of Popular Wrestlers were Champions in their
Weight Bracket!-Indeed I saw a few of these Matches myself in the 1960's and 1970's!
BUT I NEVER heard of let alone WITNESSED a Title Contest in a Big Hall for a FOREIGN
BELT!! Well believe it or not this actually DID happen!!
On SATURDAY 6TH JULY 1963 at KINGS HALL BELLE VUE...The Feature Bout was...
a Contest for the FRENCH WELTERWEIGHT TITLE and BELT!!
Between the Holder- RENE BEN CHEMOUL and the Challenger-JULIEN MAURICE!!
Surely this must be UNIQUE in BRITISH Rings?? Not really OUR Jurisdiction-surely??
Was this Match 'contrived' just to Showcase BEN CHEMOUL??-How many BRITISH
Wrestling Fans actually CARED Who was the FRENCH Champion at ANY Weight??
It's a Big Curio-and to my Knowledge-surely a One-Off??
Who knows Different then?-Here's the ' Match Day' Programme!!-It's Scheduled for
15 Rounds!!-75 Minutes!!-Guess Who Won??