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 claimants which was nothing like their previous set-to, each and every round became repetitive as Burns (180) chased after O’Brien (167). 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, although Burns agreed to his terms he had no intention whatsoever of complying with them. According to Burns, having made up his mind to double-cross his opponent at the onset he immediately reported the matter to the promoter. The decision was then made to get both men into the ring before all bets were called off.