1907-05-08 Tommy Burns w pts 20 Philadelphia Jack O’Brien, Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USA
1907-05-08 Tommy Burns w pts 20 Philadelphia Jack O’Brien, Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USA. Referee: Charles Eyton. In a return bout between the two, which was nothing like their previous set-to, each and every round became repetitive as Burns (180) chased after O’Brien (167), who ran continuously. Although Burns came the closest to ending the fight with the occasional wild swing, O’Brien was too clever to be caught napping, being more interested in getting to the final bell in one piece. Clearly O’Brien was not up to the task, especially following revelations afterwards that he had offered Burns the winner’s end of the purse to take a dive in the 11th round. Fearing that O’Brien would not accept the fight under any other circumstances and wishing to prove himself the better man, Burns agreed to his terms but had no intention whatsoever of complying with them. According to Burns he had made up his mind to double-cross his opponent at the onset and immediately reported the matter to the promoter. At that stage, the decision was made to get both men into the ring before all bets were called off, thus leaving O’Brien to face the music. Regardless of Mike Schreck’s title claim, Burns was generally recognised by many as champion from this moment on.