June 10, 2005
John Katan

JOHN KATAN
(1928 - 1949)

Born: Lethbridge, AB
Titles Held: British Empire title 1940-43 (4x), International (QC) title 1944



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1928
07/01 Milk River, AB beat Paul Paulsen
11/16 Saskatoon, SK lost to Jack Taylor
1929
11/25 Toronto, ON drew Karol Nowina
1932
01/26 Atlanta, GA drew Floyd Marshall
02/09 Atlanta, GA lost to Blue Sun Jennings
03/15 Atlanta, GA lost to Roy Lumpkin
03/25 Toronto, ON lost to Pat O'Shocker
07/28 Sault Ste. Marie, ON lost to Scotty McDougall
08/11 Toronto, ON lost to Whitey Hewitt
08/25 Montreal, QC beat Frank Speers by DQ
12/09 St. Louis, MO beat Andy Brown
1933
09/29 Calgary, AB beat Joe Hubka
10/06 Regina, SK beat Willie Davis
11/23 Toronto, ON drew Frank Broncowicz
1934
01/04 Toronto, ON beat Alex Kasaboski
01/11 Toronto, ON drew Jim McMillen
02/01 Toronto, ON lost to Gino Garibaldi
02/15 Toronto, ON drew Stan Sokolis
03/01 Toronto, ON drew George Hagen
03/14 Toronto, ON beat Ernie Zeller
04/05 Toronto, ON beat Legs Langevin
04/16 Buffalo, NY lost to Earl McCready
05/03 Toronto, ON beat Man Mountain Dean by DQ
05/31 Toronto, ON drew Cliff Olsen
06/07 Toronto, ON beat Johnny Swenski
06/14 Toronto, ON vs. Dick Shikat
06/21 Toronto, ON drew Willie Davis
07/05 Toronto, ON lost to Yvon Robert
08/09 Toronto, ON drew Ernie Zeller
08/31 Toronto, ON vs. Ernie Zeller
09/06 Toronto, ON drew Mayes McLain
09/12 Kitchener, ON drew Earl McCready
09/13 Toronto, ON beat Scotty McDougall
09/27 Toronto, ON drew Stan Sokolis
10/04 Toronto, ON beat Eli Fischer
10/11 Toronto, ON lost to Earl McCready
11/07 Toronto, ON beat Richard Santo
11/14 Toronto, ON beat Tiny Ruff
11/22 Toronto, ON beat Willie Davis
12/06 Toronto, ON beat Danny Winters
12/20 Toronto, ON lost to Jack Donovan
12/27 Toronto, ON lost to Vic Christy by CO
1935
07/01 Buffalo, NY drew Gino Garibaldi
07/11 Camden, NJ lost to Emil Dusek
1936
04/01 Trenton, NJ lost to Gino Garibaldi
04/08 Pittsburgh, PA drew Fred Grebmire
1937
Appeared in Chattanooga, TN
1938
01/12 St. Louis, MO drew Dorv Roche
01/26 St. Louis, MO lost to Ivan Managoff
03/16 Atlanta, GA beat Billy Bartush
03/21 Memphis, TN drew Bill Bartush
03/23 Atlanta, GA lost to Frank Speer
03/30 Atlanta, GA drew Ray Eckert
06/17 Buffalo, NY lost to Yvon Robert
07/08 Buffalo, NY lost to Hardy Kruskamp
09/15 Washington, DC beat Everett Kibbons
09/22 Washington, DC beat Red Ryan
09/29 Washington DC lost to Yvon Robert
10/06 Washington DC beat George Wilson
10/13 Washington DC drew Tony Colesano
11/28 Memphis, TN lost to George Zaharias
12/01 St. Louis, MO lost to Young Stecher
12/06 Kansas City, KS lost to Ivan Managoff
12/15 Kansas City, KS lost to Ivan Managoff
1939
05/18 Toronto, ON lost to Steve Casey
05/30 Montreal, QC lost to Red Shadow
06/01 Toronto, ON lost to Ivan Rasputin
09/21 Washington, DC beat Ernie Powers
11/20 Wilmington, DE lost to Allan Eustace
12/01 Buffalo, NY lost to Sol Slagel
12/05 Canton, OH lost to Fred Von Schacht
12/15 Buffalo, NY lost to Bill Longson
12/28 Toronto, ON lost to Leo Numa
1940
01/05 Buffalo, NY lost to Danno O'Mahoney
01/12 Calgary, AB beat George Richards
01/18 Calgary, AB beat Chief Thunderbird
01/25 Vancouver, BC beat Sailor Barto
02/01 Vancouver, BC beat Terry McGinnis
02/08 Vancouver, BC drew Laverne Baxter
02/15 Vancouver, BC beat Laverne Baxter
02/22 Vancouver, BC beat Jack Forsgren
02/29 Vancouver, BC beat Pat Meehan
03/07 Vancouver, BC beat Willie Davis
03/14 Vancouver, BC drew Earl McCready
03/21 Vancouver, BC lost to Laverne Baxter
05/27 Wellington, NZ drew Earl McCready
06/22 Auckand, NZ drew Earl McCready
07/08
 
Wellington, NZ
 
beat Earl McCready
*Won the British Empire Heavyweight title
07/22 Wellington, NZ drew Earl McCready
08/07
 
Wellington, NZ
 
lost to Lofty Blomfield
*Lost the British Empire Heavyweight title
08/12 Wellington, NZ lost to Earl McCready
09/01 Wellington, NZ drew Lofty Blomfield
09/09
 
Auckland, NZ
 
beat Lofty Blomfield
*Won the British Empire Heavyweight title (2)
09/16 Wellington, NZ drew Earl McCready
09/24
 
Dunedin, NZ
 
lost to Earl McCready
*Lost the British Empire Heavyweight title
10/07 Wellington, NZ drew Earl McCready
10/16 Christchurch, NZ drew Earl McCready
1941
01/16 Vancouver, BC drew Sammy Stein
01/23 Vancouver, BC beat Andre Adoree
01/30 Vancouver, BC lost to Sammy Stein
02/06 Vancouver, BC drew Andre Adoree
02/13 Vancouver, BC double DQ vs. Chief Thunderbird
03/13 Vancouver, BC lost to Earl McCready
03/20 Vancouver, BC lost to Chief Little Wolf
07/05 Melbourne, Australia beat Jack Forsgren
07/14 Sydney, Australia lost to Jack Forsgren
1942
06/09 Hamilton, ON lost to French Angel
10/01
 
Toronto, ON
 
beat Whipper Billy Watson
*Won the British Empire Heavyweight title (3)
11/05 Toronto, ON drew Earl McCready
11/11
 
Toronto, ON
 
lost to Earl McCready
*Lost the British Empire Heavyweight title
12/03
 
Toronto, ON
 
beat Earl McCready
*Won the British Empire Heavyweight title (4)
1943
02/18
 
Toronto, ON
 
lost to Whipper Billy Watson
*Lost the British Empire Heavyweight title
03/04 Toronto, ON w/. Bunny Dunlop, lost to Earl McCready & Whipper Billy Watson
04/23 Buffalo, NY beat Jack Claybourne
06/17 Toronto, ON lost to French Angel
06/25 Buffalo, NY drew George Macricostas
11/19 Buffalo, NY drew Toar Morgan
12/17 Buffalo, NY drew Toar Morgan
1944
01/14 Buffalo, NY drew Babe Sharkey
01/21 Buffalo, NY beat Dick Bishop
02/04 Buffalo, NY beat Jack LaRue
02/11 Buffalo, NY lost to Vic Holbrook
02/14 Portland, ME drew Dropkick Murphy
02/21 Portland, ME beat Frank Judson
02/28 Portland, ME beat Jack Reeder
03/06 Portland, ME lost to Jack Claybourne by DQ
03/10 Buffalo, NY drew Vic Holbrook
03/13 Portland, ME beat Ed White
03/20 Portland, ME lost to Golden Terror
03/31 Buffalo, NY drew Ralph Garibaldi
04/07 Buffalo, NY lost to Bobby Managoff
04/15
 
Montreal, QC
 
beat Yvon Robert
*Won the International Heavyweight title
04/28
 
Montreal, QC
 
lost to Yvon Robert
*Lost the International Heavyweight title
05/03 Rochester, NY lost to French Angel
05/05 Buffalo, NY drew Don Evans
05/15 Portland, ME lost to Marvin Jones
06/02 Buffalo, NY drew Hans Kaempfer
06/16 Buffalo, NY drew Ralph Garibaldi
06/23 Buffalo, NY drew Cherry Vallina
09/15 Buffalo, NY drew Jack Kennedy
09/29 Buffalo, NY drew Don Evans
10/20 Buffalo, NY drew Laverne Baxter
11/03 Buffalo, NY lost to Gino Garibaldi
11/10 Buffalo, NY drew Dr. Len Hall
12/29 Buffalo, NY beat Pierre DeGlane
1945
02/14 Los Angeles, CA w/. Pat Fraley vs. Earl McCready & Frank Taylor
02/21 Los Angeles, CA vs. Kolo Stasiak
03/27 San Francisco, CA beat Kay Bell
04/07 Modesto, CA lost to Earl McCready by DQ
04/28 Calgary, AB beat Ted Christy
05/04 Calgary, AB drew Seelie Samara (62 Mins.)
05/17 Toronto, ON beat Billy Stack
06/01 Buffalo, NY drew Nanjo Singh
06/19 Hamilton, ON drew Gino Vagnone
07/03 Hamilton, ON beat Pat Flanagan
07/13 Buffalo, NY drew Leo Newman
07/31 Hamilton, ON beat Toar Morgan
08/28 Hamilton, ON w/. Dr. Len Hall vs. Whipper Billy Watson & Jimmy Sims
09/11 Hamilton, ON w/. Dr. Len Hall, lost to Whipper Billy Watson & Jimmy Sims by DQ
09/25 Hamilton, ON w/. Dr. Len Hall, lost to Whipper Billy Watson & Jimmy Sims
09/28 Buffalo, NY drew George Macricostas
10/05 Buffalo, NY beat Joe Jackson
10/09 Hamilton, ON beat Aaron Stein
10/12 Buffalo, NY beat George Macricostas
10/19 Buffalo, NY lost to George Macricostas
10/26 Buffalo, NY beat Joe Jackson
11/06 Hamilton, ON lost to Bill Longson (NWA World champion)
11/08 Toronto, ON drew Kay Bell
11/22 Toronto, ON drew Kay Bell
12/07 Buffalo, NY drew Kay Bell
12/13 Toronto, ON w/. Ray Eckert, beat Kay Bell & Frank Taylor
12/18 Hamilton, ON drew Olaf Olson
1946
01/04 Buffalo, NY beat Walter Sirois
02/08 Buffalo, NY drew Sandy O'Donnell
02/15 Buffalo, NY drew Billy Hansen
02/22 Buffalo, NY lost to Billy Hansen by count out
03/29 Buffalo, NY lost to Pat Fraley
05/29 Auckland, NZ beat Earl McCready
06/15 Palmerston, NZ drew Jack Claybourne
06/17 Auckland, NZ drew Earl McCready
07/24 Christchurch, NZ lost to Earl McCready
08/01 Wellington, NZ lost to Earl McCready
09/25 Melbourne, Australia lost to Abe Kashey by DQ
1947
04/18 Buffalo, NY lost to Bobby Bruns
05/02 Buffalo, NY drew Brother Jonathan
12/26 Buffalo, NY drew Mike Sharpe

*In 1947, Katan took control of promotions in Hamilton and Kitchener, Ontario succeeding Sam Sobel. Promoted wrestling in those centres throughout the remainder of the 1940s and 1950s.

1948
01/02 Buffalo, NY lost to Larry Moquin
01/22 Toronto, ON lost to Earl McCready
03/18 Cleveland, OH lost to Earl McCready
11/29 Buffalo, NY lost to Mike Sharpe
1949
03/18 Buffalo, NY lost to Frank Valois
Retired from active competition


Career Record compiled by Vance Nevada with files from Libnan Ayoub, J. Michael Kenyon & Don Luce

**190 documented matches to December 19, 2004


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