Quick Bits: Tiger Jeet Singh 1967


Tiger Jeet debuted here in Sept 1965 as the latest protégé of Fred Atkins. It was on the undercard of a Thesz-Valentine world title bout. MLG announcer Gerry Hiff dryly introduced Atkins as Singh's 'interpreter and confidant' as he had previously with Professor Hiro. Atkins as always remained stone-faced while Tiger Jeet disposed of Stamford Murphy with the Cobra hold in a bit over 4 minutes. On the next card he handily finished off veteran Pat Flanagan the same way, this time in less than a minute.

Main pic: A young Tiger Jeet Singh poses at MLG in 1967

Tiger goes on to top the weekly cards and appears at MLG through 1983. He was one of a select few that challenged for all three major fed titles in Toronto (Carpentier & Stasiak the others). Singh faced NWA Kiniski and WWWF Bruno in '67, and AWA Bockwinkel in '79. He spent a lot of time in Japan in the 70s but still appeared quite regularly and did well matched up against The Sheik. They drew 50,000 fans over a 3 card series in 1971. Later during the M-A era he still managed some big bouts including a pinfall win over Ric Flair in 1979 and the previously mentioned AWA title shot.

Thanks to Roger for the classic photo! Roger's contributions can be found all around the site and in Roger Baker's Corner

-AC