1906-02-23 Tommy Burns w pts 20 Marvin Hart, Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USA
1906-02-23 Tommy Burns w pts 20 Marvin Hart, Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USA. Referee: Charles Eyton. Billed as a championship fight, at 5'7" Burns (180) became the shortest man to win a version of the heavyweight title when taking over Hart's claim. From start to finish, with the possible exception of the tenth and 12th, Burns had the upper hand over the bigger man, outfighting and outmanoeuvring him at every turn. With never a knockdown in sight the contest became monotonous as Burns handled Hart (188) like he would a novice, going from head to body. In the fifth Hart’s right eye opened up, allowing Burns to systematically work it over until the final bell.
On 28 March, at the National AC, San Diego, California, in what were billed as ten-round championship exhibition bouts, Burns took on two opponents in the same evening – Jim O’Brien and James J. Walker - and knocked both of them out in the first round. At this moment in time Burns would not be fully recognised until he had cleared Philadelphia Jack O'Brien from his path.