New York World-Telegram, November 3, 1931
The threatened collapse of Jim Londos did not materialize at Madison Square Garden last night, for the heavyweight champion turned in a smooth, smart performance in retaining his title by tossing Matros Kirilenko of Russia, claimant of the European championship, in 39 minutes and 31 seconds. While Londos has scored quicker victories, he had a rather easy time on the whole, seldom being in danger and finally stopping the Russian with the ever reliable airplane spin.
Hans Steinke, the gigantic German, scored the quickest victory of the current season when he disposed of Willie Davis in 2 minutes and 4 seconds. The Teuton was entirely too big and strong for the Southern youngster, not to mention far too experienced, so when he secured a crotch and body hold to dump Davis to the mat, it was all over.
Sammy Stein, who mixes football with his wrestling, kept his record intact by downing Steve Znosky. The time was 18 minutes and 56 seconds and the hold was a flying tackle, which hardly was unusual with Stein in there throwing his own human projectiles. But aside from injecting the gridiron flavor for the finish, Stein showed a varied assortment of holds to maintain a steady improvement in his all around wrestling ability. No wrestler of the newer crop has come along as fast as Stein.
Sandor Szabo and Rudy Dusek offered thirty rough minutes in their match which was declared a draw.
Something new was injected when Herb Freeman and Gene LaDoux tumbled from the ring and then continued to battle on the arena floor. With the aid of the Garden constabulary they were returned to the ring where they went on with Freeman winning on a headlock in 9 minutes and 6 seconds.
In the last bout on the card Ray Steele and Earl McCready went to a draw, with the latter, much to the surprise of everyone, holding the upper hand most of the time.