Tommy Burns

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns

Full Name: Noah Brusso
Profession: Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion

Nationality:
Canada
Canadian

Why Famous: Only Canadian-born World Heavyweight Champion boxer, and the first to travel the globe to defend his title. In total, he made 11 title defences despite often being the underdog due to his size.

Born: June 17, 1881
Birthplace: Hanover, Ontario, USA
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: May 10, 1955 (aged 73)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Events in the Life of Tommy Burns

  • 1906-02-23 Tommy Burns beats Marvin Hart in 20 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1906-10-02 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs American challenger 'Fireman' Jim Flynn in 15 rounds to retain his title in Los Angeles, California
  • 1906-11-28 Tommy Burns & Jack O'Brien fight to a draw in 20 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1907-05-08 Tommy Burns beats Jack O'Brien in 20 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1907-07-04 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires of Australia in round 1 in Colma, California, his 6th title defence
  • 1907-12-02 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns retains his title; KOs Englishman Gunner Moir in 10th round at the National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London
  • 1908-02-10 Tommy Burns KOs Jack Palmer in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1908-03-17 Tommy Burns KOs Jem Roche in 88 seconds in the quickest world heavyweight boxing title fight
  • 1908-04-18 Tommy Burns KOs Jewy Smith in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1908-06-13 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1908-08-24 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1908-09-03 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs Australian Bill Lang in 6 rounds in Melbourne in a warmup fight for his famous title bout with Jack Johnson
  • 1908-12-26 African-American boxer Jack Johnson stops Canadian defending champion Tommy Burns in the 14th round in Sydney, Australia, to become the first black man to win world heavyweight title; Burns is favourite in 12th title defence but Johnson dominates before police stop the bout

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