Tommy Burns (boxer)

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Tommy Burns (June 17, 1881 – May 10, 1955), born Noah Brusso, is the only Canadian-born World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.wikipedia
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Tommy Burns (June 17, 1881 – May 10, 1955), born Noah Brusso, is the only Canadian-born World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.

Jack Johnson (boxer)

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Burns famously challenged all comers as Heavyweight Champion, leading to a celebrated bout with the American Jack Johnson. In December 1908, Burns agreed to a bout with Jack Johnson, becoming the first fighter to agree to a heavyweight championship bout with an African American.
Johnson held the title until it was vacated when he won the world heavyweight title from Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia on Boxing Day 1908.

Marvin Hart

When Burns met Marvin Hart for the heavyweight championship of the world in Los Angeles on February 23, 1906, Burns was a 2-1 underdog and the betting was 10-7 that he would not last ten rounds.
After one successful exhibition match, Hart lost his championship to Canadian Tommy Burns on February 23, 1906 in Los Angeles, California.

Hugh D. McIntosh

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He had refused to fight Johnson until Australian promoter Hugh D. McIntosh paid him $30,000 for the fight (Johnson received $5,000).
Hoping to capitalise of the presence of the US "Great White Fleet" in August 1908, he hurriedly built the huge open-air Sydney Stadium at Rushcutters Bay to stage a boxing match between local champion Bill "Boshter" Squires and World champion Tommy Burns.

James J. Jeffries

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In a filmed interview, Burns ranked Johnson as the second-best boxer up to his time, after James J. Jeffries.
Over five years after retiring, Jeffries made a comeback on July 4, 1910 at Reno, Nevada in a match against champion Jack Johnson, who had won the Heavyweight Championship in 1908 by defeating Canadian champion Tommy Burns at Rushcutters Bay in Australia.

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Noah Brusso was born in Normanby Township near Hanover, Ontario, as the twelfth of thirteen children of an impoverished Italian-Canadian family.

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His 1907 title defense against Gunner Moir in London was the first World Heavyweight championship fight of the gloved era to be held outside of The United States.
He was British champion from 1906 to 1909 and challenged Tommy Burns for the world title.

Philadelphia Jack O'Brien

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His best win as champion was a 20-round points decision over Philadelphia Jack O'Brien, who two years previously had stopped Bob Fitzsimmons to claim the World light-Heavyweight championship.
He challenged world heavyweight champion Tommy Burns on November 28, 1906, in Los Angeles, and got a 20-round draw.

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The Burns-Johnson Fight

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The Burns-Johnson Fight (or Burns-Johnson Contest) is a 1908 documentary film of the boxing fight between Tommy Burns and Jack Johnson at Sydney Stadium, Rushcutters Bay, on 26 December 1908 for the World Heavyweight Championship title, which Johnson won.

Joe Beckett

In 1920, and a month after his 39th birthday, Burns challenged British champion Joe Beckett.
This was followed by fights including; a technical knockout victory over Harry Smith (South Africa), a points victory over Montana Dan Sullivan (US), four wins, two defeats, and then a technical knockout victory over Porky Dan Flynn (US), one defeat, and then a points defeat by Dick Smith for the National Sporting Club British light heavyweight title at the National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London on 25 February 1918, one win, and then a points defeat by Bombardier Billy Wells for the Imperial Services Boxing Association (ISBA) Kings Trophy heavyweight title at Royal Albert Hall, London on 12 December 1918, one win, and then a knockout victory over Bombardier Billy Wells for the British heavyweight title, and British Empire heavyweight title at Holborn Stadium, London on 27 February 1919, Beckett was not recognised by National Sporting Club so the British heavyweight title was declared vacant, a knockout victory over Frank Goddard for the National Sporting Club British heavyweight title at Olympia, London on 17 June 1919, a knockout victory over Eddie McGoorty (US), a knockout defeat by Georges Carpentier (France) for the European Boxing Union (EBU) heavyweight title at Holborn Stadium, London on 4 December 1919, a knockout victory over Dick Smith defending the British heavyweight title, a knockout victory over Bombardier Billy Wells defending the British heavyweight title, a retirement victory over Tommy Burns (Canada) defending the British Empire heavyweight title, a knockout defeat by Frank Moran (US), a technical knockout victory over Boy McCormick defending the British heavyweight title, a disqualification victory over George Cook (Australia) defending the British Empire heavyweight title, a technical knockout victory over Frank Moran (US), a knockout victory over Dick Smith defending the British heavyweight title, Joe Beckett's final professional boxing bout was a knockout defeat by Georges Carpentier at Olympia, London on 1 October 1923.

International Boxing Hall of Fame

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Burns has since been posthumously inducted into the following sporting institutions: the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1955, the International Boxing Hall of Fame on June 9, 1996, and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

Heavyweight

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Canadians

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Tommy Burns (June 17, 1881 – May 10, 1955), born Noah Brusso, is the only Canadian-born World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.

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According to his biographer, Burns insisted, "I will defend my title against all comers, none barred. By this I mean white, black, Mexican, Indian, or any other nationality. I propose to be the champion of the world, not the white, or the Canadian, or the American. If I am not the best man in the heavyweight division, I don't want the title."

Indigenous peoples of the Americas

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He also fought a bout with a Native American on his way to the Championship.

Color line (racism)

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At a time when most white American fighters adhered to the so-called "colour line", refusing to fight African Americans, Burns had half a dozen contests with black boxers before his clash with the legendary Jack Johnson.

Italian Canadians

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Noah Brusso was born in Normanby Township near Hanover, Ontario, as the twelfth of thirteen children of an impoverished Italian-Canadian family.

Galt, Ontario

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His family lived in several locations around Ontario's Grey and Bruce counties before moving to Galt, Ontario.

Detroit

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Brusso began his prizefighting career in 1900 in Detroit, Michigan.

Chatham-Kent

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In June 1903, he was discovered playing lacrosse under an assumed name for a Detroit team that was playing in Chatham, Ontario.

African Americans

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In December 1908, Burns agreed to a bout with Jack Johnson, becoming the first fighter to agree to a heavyweight championship bout with an African American.

Sydney

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Burns lost his title in the match held in Sydney.

World War I

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During the Great War he joined the Canadian army, serving as a physical fitness instructor for troops in Canada.

New York City

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In 1928 he moved to New York City where he ran a speakeasy.