After begin denied a place in the meet that is supposed to determine the world's strongest Pro bodybuilder, the Duel in the Desert, fellow pro bodybuilder Stan Efferding (275) calls out meet competitors Johnnie Jackson and Ben White. Efferding's 2,070 pound total ranks him first on the Powerlifting Watch Lifter Rankings and he holds the twelfth spot in the World on the Power Rankings. Efferding will next compete on September 19 at the SPF POWER "Stimulus Package" Raw Meet at Super Training Gym in Sacramento, California. On the line will be Jon Cole's 2,250 pound total from 1972. It is the highest 275 class raw total in powerlifting history. The following video includes Efferding squatting 850 pounds, bench pressing 585 pounds and deadlifting 825 pounds:
The Duel in the Desert will be held on September 26 at the Olympia. The winner of the contest will receive $10,000.