Reprinted on NaturalStrength with permission of the Iron Master
In the interests of our readers, we arranged for a representative to be at the National Sporting Club on Monday, January 29th 1906, not particularly to make a report about the boxing championships, but more especially to watch Mr. Saxon's attempt to break the world's record of 335 lbs. 12 oz., held by himself for a one-handed press.
Mr. Saxon proposed to lift 350 lbs. At 2 o'clock the bell was
weighed in front of Mr. Bettinson, the manager, and representatives from Sporting Life, Sportsman, Daily Telegraph, Daily Chronicle, Health & Strength, and Professor Inch. To the surprise of everyone, it was found to be 353 lbs., but Mr. Saxon would not have the odd three pounds taken out. The bell was again weighed in front of the entire audience between the first
and second fight, to prove that it had not been tampered with.
After Mr. Bettinson had made a neat speech, in which he mentioned that Mr. Saxon was anxious to make a match for the world's championship, and that Mr. Attilla was in the club, and would test the weight before it was lifted, also mentioning that Mr. Saxon would give �50 to anyone who could lift it, Mr. Saxon stepped into the ring and received a tremendous ovation. Amidst a dead silence the bell was stood on end by a young and strong-looking fellow, who handled the weight with such ease that everyone marveled, but later he turned out to be Hermann Saxon, who is the strongest 12 stone man in the world.
Arthur then turned the bell over to the shoulder and pressed it to arm's length with a certain amount of ease, but it then fell out of his hand. The second and third attempt being made without the body being brought erect, brought the attempt to a close without success for the time being; but later, when the boxing was over, at about 12:30, Arthur took off his coat and stated his intention of again trying, as there was some money at stake, and he did not wish anyone to lose money over him. This, we think, shows the true sportsman, as he had already injured his wrist with the weight rolling in the hand. Again the bell was pressed aloft three times, and each time it rolled out of the hand. In the opinion of the writer, if it had been a more suitable barbell the feat would have been accomplished with as much ease as might be expected with such a weight. It must be confessed that though Arthur failed he was not disgraced, and he will shortly make another attempt at this tremendous weight. Had he succeeded in lifting it an illuminated address was to have been presented, signed by the Committee and Press representatives, also by Mr. Bettinson, the manager of the club.
Mr. Saxon intimated to the Health & Strength representative his extreme anxiety to make a match for all-round lifting with anyone in the world, for any reasonable amount. He says that each night he lifts over 300 lbs. with one hand, and he is now out with a novel challenge, which is that any man may bring his own barbell weighing not more than 325 lbs., and he will lift this strange barbell instead of his own. At Aberdeen a few weeks ago this gave rise to some rather funny incidents, when the Aberdeen weightlifters arrived each night with their barbells, all weights, shapes, and sizes. Arthur selected a short one on one night weighing 315 lbs., and after pressing it aloft, threw it from the right hand to the left hand, to the evident surprise of the owner of the barbell. One man was foolish enough to bring a bell weighing 265 lbs. This Arthur juggled with by throwing it from one hand to the other overhead, and it proved quite a plaything in the hands of even Kurt, the youngest man of the trio, of whom nothing has as yet been heard.
Saxon's measurements stand at present, as taken on January 29th by our representative, as under:
Height, 5 ft. 10 in.
Forearm, 15 in.
Weight (stripped), 200 lbs.
Chest, 46 1/2 in.
Biceps, 17 1/8 in.
Thigh, 24 1/4 in.
His present records stand at:
Single-handed press, 335 lb. 12 oz. (this is the English record-more has been lifted by Arthur Saxon on the Continent).
Double-handed press, 252 lb.
Snatch, 195 lb. (at Szalay's School).
On the back, double-handed pull-over and press, 386 lb.
A number of supporters and admirers of Arthur Saxon are subscribing to present him with a purse at his next attempt to make a record, which will probably take place in a week or two's time at the National Sporting Club, where Mr. Saxon proposes to attempt to lift over 400 lbs. with two hands, the weight or weights to be got up anyhow as long as the arms are quite straight and the body erect. What the numerous weight-lifters say (we mean those whom Mr. Saxon has convinced of the genuineness of his feats) is that some substantial tribute should be paid to the man who has by fearfully hard work attained to such a position, and made himself capable of lifting such weights, that only one person in a hundred will believe that they have been lifted at all, and we are confident that many readers of Health & Strength will be only too glad to contribute a little towards the purse.
IRON GAME/PHYSICAL CULTURE HISTORY