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Southern Heavyweight Title
[United States]

Shad Link (Frank Link) 1904/03/15 Baltimore, MD
Defeats George Burlingame; also recognized in Delaware, Washington DC, New York, and Pennsylvania; loses to title claimant Charles Olson on 06/03/07 in Asheville, NC but continues to claim the title; still/again champion as of 10/04/02, 11/03/13, and 15/03/17, 15/11/09.

Al Christensen 1905/05/16 New Orleans, LA
Defeats Herman Bernau in mixed style match; reported as a championship match on a Texas newspaper but no title is mentioned in the local paper; also recognized in Leavenworth, KS as of 07/10/04, Atlanta, GA as of 09/01/06, and Arizona as of 10/05; still/again recognized in Florida as of 16/03/24 and 17/02/16.

Charles Olsen 1906/01/24<  
Also defeats title claimant Shad Link on 06/03/07 in Asheville, NC (most likely non-title); still recognized as of 06/07/20 in Louisiana and 07/07/24 in N. Carolina.

Jack Leon # 1914/12/18<  
Billed as champion in Nebraska; may not be recognized in southern states.

Dick Raines # 1931/05/24<  
Billed as champion in Salt Lake City, UT; may not be recognized in southern states.
[...]    
Jack Kogut # 1933/10/05<  
Billed as champion in Utah; may not be recognized in southern states.

Ernie Stevens # 1935/01/03<  
Billed as champion in Reading, PA; may not be recognized in southern states.
[...]    
Bob Russell # 1937/09/25<  
Billed as champion in York, PA; may not be recognized in southern states.

Bill Sledge 1936 Memphis, TN *
Defeats Karl Sarpolis in tournament final "last year" (The News-Chronicle, Shippensburg, PA, 37/10/08); also recognized in Los Angeles, CA as of 36/03/04 and 36/05/19, Cincinnati, OH as of 36/11/25, Hutchinson, KS as of 38/10/01, and Madison, WI as of 39/12/03.


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