Light Heavyweight Title. On August 8, 1910, Gama stunned a sold-out crowdat the Alhambra Theatre in London when he quickly defeated Dr. Roller intwo straight falls and broke his ribs. The Times of London commenting on thematch, described Gama as unbeatable.Frank Gotch was recognized as wrestling’s undisputed World Champion in1910. Gama felt insulted that Gotch would dare lay claim to such a titlewithout ever having faced him. Therefore, he formally challenged Gotch toface him one-on-one, but Gotch refused the invitation to wrestle against anIndian. Instead, Gama’s challenge was greeted by the notorious StanislausZbyszko, a celebrated European Champion from Poland who had wrestledGotch to a one-hour draw the previous year. On September 10, 1910, Gamafaced Zbyszko in the final of the John Bull World Championships beforetwelve thousand fans at the Shepherd’s Bush Stadium in London. The Polishstrongman crafted a defensive strategy in order to slow down Gama; and hesubsequently hugged the mat for nearly 3 hours before the bout waseventually declared a draw. The Sporting Life magazine described the matchas having just two minutes of actual wrestling; and Zbyszko’s tactics drewthe ire of fans as his reputation plummeted.After defeating Hindu champion Pandit Biddo in 1916, Gama soon ran out of worthy challengers; and when none of the remaining wrestling championswould agree to face him, he unofficially retired in 1919 while passing his titlealong to his brother Imam Bux. On January 29, 1928, the Great Gama made acelebrated return to the mat in order to face Zbyszko in a rematch of theirfamous bout from some eighteen years earlier. Despite both men now beingwell into their 40’s, the return match drew sixty thousand fans to a specially-built stadium constructed by the Maharajah of Patalia, as Zbyszko was billedas one of the few challengers whom Gama had never been able to defeat.But this time, the Great Gama would embarrass the Polish legend, pinninghim in just 30 seconds.Sir Atholl Oakley, a British Amateur champion wrestler and a contemporaryof Gama, once wrote that Gama once picked up Zybsko (who weighed 238pounds) held him over his head with one hand, and threw him on the floor.He could squeeze apples in each hand until they were fully mashed.According to George McKenzie, another famous wrestler of Gama’s era, hewould regularly crush potatoes during strength training. Tom Cannon whowas heavyweight champion of Europe in Catch wrestling said that heweighed 234 pounds when Gama grabbed his weightlifter’s belt, and liftedhim with one arm!