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Gloucester fight for Johnny Saint

Johnny "The Master of 1000 Holds" Saint
Johnny Saint will defend his World Lightweight title in Gloucester

One of the top stars of British wrestling past and present is heading to Gloucester to defend his title.

Johnny Saint, known as "The Master of 1000 Holds", has held the World Lightweight title since the 1970s and will be hoping to retain it at GL1 in January, 2010.

Only Cheltenham-born Matt Jarrett, "The English Bulldog", stands in his way although he regards the 67-year-old as "one of the top wrestling stars ever to come out of England."

"I am very nervous as I grew up watching Johnny Saint at Cheltenham Town Hall when I was in my teens," said Matt.

"I also used to watch him on ITV's World Of Sport - wrestling the top stars of that era like Rollerball Rocco, Fit Finlay, Clive Myers and Steve Grey.

Johnny Saint retired in 1996 but returned to the ring over ten years later bringing with him his signature moves like the 'double knee chinlock', 'rolling schoolboy pin' and 'wrist lock'.

Although Matt knows he has a very good chance of winning the match, he said it is going to be the hardest match of his career:

"Johnny Saint is a very skillful professional wrestler. He has a lot more years of being in a ring than I do.

"You're not a World Champion for nothing. I hope I can win the belt and bring it to Cheltenham and say I am the World Lightweight Champion."

Other top wrestling stars like Danny Collins, Skull Murphy, Superstar Sanders and Johnny Kidd will also be live at GL1.

The event takes place on Saturday, 30 January, 2010 at Gloucester's leisure centre. Doors open at 7pm and tickets cost £10 for adults and £8 for children. For more information contact the box office on 01452 396699.

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