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Tommy Burns
Global ID10744
sexmale
birthdate 1881-06-17
death date 1955-05-10 (73)
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 7″   /   170cm
reach74″   /   188cm
aliasThe Little Giant of Hanover
country Canada
residenceWindsor, Ontario, Canada
birth placeChesley, Ontario, Canada
birth nameNoah Brusso
won 46 (KO 34) + lost 4 (KO 1) + drawn 8 = 58
rounds boxed 485
Newspaper Decisions won : lost 1 : drawn 1
rounds boxed 12
Total Bouts 60 KO% 56.67
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1920-07-16Joe Beckett14-7-0
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United KingdomLRTD720x3
Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight title
Burns was in poor condition...saved himself from a KO in the second by clinching...rallied in the third, his best round, but could not land a hard enough blow to hurt Beckett...Down twice for counts before his corner threw in the sponge.
1918-09-19Bob Bracken2-5-1
Prince Rupert, British Columbia, CanadaWKO410
According to published reports after the fight, it was Vancouver's Bob "Tex" Bracken who was in the ring with "Sgt. Tommy Burns" the former world champion, not Tex Foster who protested he wasn't even in the arena.
1914-01-26Battling Brandt0-1-0
Taft, California, USAWKO410
referee: George Blake
1913-04-02Arthur Pelkey15-4-1
Manchester Arena, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaDNWS66
referee: Bob MacDonald
Prior to the match, Pelkey promised to finish Burns inside the six rounds. Burns said if he could go six fast ones with Pelkey he'd be ready to fight McCarty or Palzer. After a quick start, Pelkey was dropped for a count of seven in round 2. He rose rapidly. In the fourth round Pelkey nailed Burns with a left hook and Burns went down, but he jumped back to his feet and landed a left to Pelkey's midsection. In round five Burns put Pelkey down for a count of four. The final bell sounded with both exchanging punches. Charlie Robinson the Winnipeg coloured heavweight who claimed the Canadian title challenged both men from ringside.Calgary Daily Herald
1912-08-08Bill Rickard0-2-0
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CanadaWTKO615
vacant Canada heavyweight title
Sheriff stopped fight after Rickard floored twice.
1910-04-11Bill Lang21-5-1
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWPTS2020
referee: Hugh McIntosh
Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight title
Australian heavyweight title
1908-12-26Jack Johnson35-5-7
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaLPTS1420
referee: Hugh McIntosh
World Heavyweight Title
Bout halted by the police, per prior agreement; decision awarded by the referee. Both wore 4oz gloves.

1908-09-02Bill Lang16-4-1
West Melbourne Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaWKO620
referee: Hugh McIntosh
World Heavyweight Title
Burns knocked down in the 2nd round
Given weights announced in the ring from the next-day Melbourne newspaper The Age.

1908-08-24Bill Squires20-5-0
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWKO1320
referee: Harry Nathan
World Heavyweight Title
1908-06-13Bill Squires20-4-0
Neuilly Bowling Palace, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO820
referee: Dr. Phelan
World Heavyweight Title
1908-04-18Jewey Smith2-0-0
Neuilly Bowling Palace, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO510
referee: Dr. Phelan
World Heavyweight title
Western Times - Monday 20 April 1908

1908-03-17Jem Roche8-1-0
Theatre Royal, Dublin, IrelandWKO120
time: 1:28 | referee: R P Watson
World Heavyweight Title
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Wednesday 18 March 1908

1908-02-10Jack Palmer23-7-2
Wonderland, Whitechapel Road, Mile End, London, United KingdomWKO420x3
referee: Bob Watson
World Heavyweight Title
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Tuesday 28 April 1908
Palmer down nine times in the bout before the knockout.

1907-12-02Gunner Moir12-3-0
National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, United KingdomWKO1020x3
referee: Eugene Corri
World Heavyweight Title
Western Times - Tuesday 03 December 1907

1907-07-04Bill Squires19-1-0
Mission Street Arena, Colma, California, USAWKO145
time: 1:28 | referee: James J. Jeffries
World Heavyweight Title
Squires down 3 times
Squires, champion of Australia, was a 10-9 favourite

1907-05-08Philadelphia Jack O'Brien89-5-13
Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS2020
referee: Charles Eyton
World Heavyweight Title
1906-11-28Philadelphia Jack O'Brien88-5-12
Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USADPTS2020
referee: James J. Jeffries
World Heavyweight Title
Shortly before the day of the fight, Jeffries was interviewed and asked who he thought would win. Amazingly, he publicly stated that he thought O'Brien was the better man. Burns bloodied O'Brien's nose early and the latter literally ran away for the remainder of the 20 rounds.

1906-10-02Fireman Jim Flynn29-7-12
Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USAWKO1520
referee: Eddie Robinson
World Heavyweight Title
Burns was favoured at odds of 10-7.

1906-03-28James J. Walker0-5-0
National Athletic Club, San Diego, California, USAWKO110
time: 2:55
World heavyweight championship

1906-03-28Jim O'Brien0-1-0
National Athletic Club, San Diego, California, USAWKO110
time: 2:18
World heavyweight championship
Burns also later KO'd James Walker in the first round on same card. Both matches received the only official sanctioning of their day, billing by the promoters and newspapers as being for the World Title. O'Brien was down four times in the bout.

1906-02-23Marvin Hart23-3-3
Pacific A.C., Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS2020
referee: Charles Eyton
World Heavyweight Title
Burns took this fight over a publicized shot at Middleweight champion Tommy Ryan.

1905-10-17Jack Twin Sullivan30-6-24
Pacific A.C., Los Angeles, California, USALPTS2020
referee: Charles Eyton
Sullivan claims World & American 158lbs Middleweight titles
1905-08-31Dave Barry5-5-1
Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWTKO2020
time: 2:18
Pacific Coast Middleweight Title
1905-07-28Hugo Kelly24-6-12
Pacific A.C., Los Angeles, California, USADPTS2020
referee: Charles Eyton
Agreement required a draw if no knockout and weight of 158 lbs at 3 pm; "Burns had the best of the fight from start to finish" Oakland Trib.
1905-06-07Hugo Kelly24-6-11
Light Guard Armory, Detroit, Michigan, USADPTS1010
referee: Eddie Ryan
For Kelly's World Middleweight title claim at 158lbs
1905-05-02Dave Barry5-3-1
Germania Hall, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS2020
referee: Jimmy Carroll
Pacific Coast Middleweight Title
All bouts held under the auspices of the Amateur Athletic Club. "Tommy Burns has become quite a popular idol. He is certainly a sturdy young boxer." Tacoma Daily News

1905-03-07Jack Twin Sullivan28-6-22
Tacoma A.C., Tacoma, Washington, USADPTS2020
Was billed as for the middleweight championship of the world. Attendance 3,000.
1905-01-31Joe Schildt0-1-1
Ballard, Washington, USAWKO6
1904-10-07Philadelphia Jack O'Brien78-4-11
Panorama Building, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USALNWS66
Match made at 158 lbs. Newspaper decisions were given in Wisconsin at this time.
1904-09-16Billy Woods11-3-6
Seattle Theater, Seattle, Washington, USADPTS1515
referee: Charley Reno
Weigh-in at 158 pounds at 3:PM.
1904-08-19Cyclone Kelly16-13-1
Germania Hall, Tacoma, Washington, USAWKO420
referee: Jimmy Carroll
Match made at 158 lbs. Kelly "was chicken pie and pudding" for Burns. "The Detroit man had the touted fistic wonder from the Golden Gate outclassed in every round, and he might have landed the last blow in the first round as easily as the fourth. The fight was short and one-sided. A short right under the heart finished Kelly. For one round Kelly acted as if he were 'doped.'" Billy Woods, black middleweight, challenged the winner. Tacoma Daily News
1904-07-01Joe Wardinski1-4-1
Salt Lake City, Utah, USAWKO1
Exact date unknown; in May, Burns was in Utah looking for bouts while serving as sparring partner for Otto Seiloff
1904-04-09Tony Caponi6-2-7
Chicago A.A., Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS66
1904-03-18Tony Caponi6-2-6
Battery D Armory, Chicago, Illinois, USADPTS66
1904-02-27Mike Schreck42-5-17
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USADPTS66
referee: Abe Pollock
1904-02-26George Shrosbree0-3-0
Battery D Armory, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO5
First bout as Tommy Burns instead of Noah Brusso.
1904-01-28Ben O'Grady0-2-0
Detroit A.C., Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO310
referee: Eddie Ryan
Match made at 158 lbs. O'Grady came close to death due to injuries from the fight, and the mayor suspended boxing in the city.
1903-12-31Tom McCune10-17-4
Detroit A.C., Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
referee: Eddie Ryan
Match made at 152 lbs. Brusso was down in the 3rd round. McCune was down in the 4th round. (Grand Rapids (MI) Evening Press, 1904-01-01)
1903-11-25Jack O'Donnell0-1-0
Evanston, Illinois, USAWKO11
1903-11-08Jack Butler3-9-2
Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, USAWKO2
1903-10-24Billy Moore14-14-9
Amphidrome, Houghton, Michigan, USADPTS1010
Source: Sault Ste. Marie (MI) Evening News, 1903-10-26. Weights from Sault Ste. Marie (MI) Evening News, 1903-10-28.
1903-10-12Jack Hammond9-5-5
Soo Opera House, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, USAWKO310
Michigan State Middleweight Title
Weights not reported in Sault Ste. Marie Evening News, but the day before the fight Brusso (Burns) claimed he weighed 151 pounds, and Hammond was reported to be "down nearly to Brusso's weight."

1903-09-25Jim Duggan4-3-0
Amphidrome, Houghton, Michigan, USAWKO9
Brusso (Burns) won the championship of the state in the middleweight division. (Sault Ste. Marie (MI) Evening News)
1903-04-18Earl Thompson
Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO3
1903-03-25Dick Smith0-2-0
Delray Athletic Club, Delray, Michigan, USAWKO36
referee: William H. Considine
Brusso (Burns) agreed to stop Smith and Phillips in six rounds each. (Jackson (MI) Citizen Patriot, 1903-03-26)
1903-03-25Reddy Phillips0-4-0
Delray Athletic Club, Delray, Michigan, USAWDQ26
referee: William H. Considine
Phillips kicked Burns in the groin. Brusso (Burns) agreed to stop Smith and Phillips in six rounds each. (Jackson (MI) Citizen Patriot, 1903-03-26)
1903-02-13Jim O'Brien
Handloser Hall, Delray, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
referee: William H. Considine
Contract called for 160 lbs. ringside. Detroit Free Press, 1903-02-14
1903-01-16Mike Schreck35-2-15
Light Guard Armory, Detroit, Michigan, USALPTS1010
referee: Terry McGovern
Schreck the first southpaw Burns had faced. Burns down for a nine count in the eighth, but he made a strong finish. Detroit Free Press says this the 14th bout for Burns in slightly over a year. Contract called for each to make 156 lbs.
1902-12-26Tom McCune10-16-4
Light Guard Armory, Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO710
referee: Terry McGovern
The club had planned to try the judges system of deciding events, two judges being appointed to act with the referee in giving decisions, but all three bouts on the card resulted in stoppages. (Jackson (MI) Citizen Patriot, 1902-12-27)
1902-11-06Reddy Phillips0-3-0
Lansing, Michigan, USAWTKO910
(Detroit Free Press, 1902-11-07)
1902-09-19Jack O'Donnell
Butler, Indiana, USAWKO11
referee: James Foley
Brusso (Burns) was reported as the welterweight champion of Michigan. (Jackson (MI) Citizen Patriot, 1902-09-22)
1902-07-09Dick Smith0-1-0
Mount Clemens, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
referee: Andy Mulligan
(Detroit Free Press, 1902-07-10)
1902-06-27Dick Smith
Opera House, Mount Clemens, Michigan, USAWKO2
referee: Andy Mulligan
Smith was out for 5 minutes. (Jackson (MI) Citizen Patriot, 1902-06-28)
1902-05-16Ed Sholtreau2-1-0
Detroit A.C., Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
referee: Eddie Ryan
Brusso (Burns) down in the 4th round. (West Bay City (MI) Times-Press, 1902-05-17)
1902-04-18Ed Sholtreau2-0-0
Detroit A.C., Detroit, Michigan, USAWTKO110
time: 1:35 | referee: Eddie Ryan
Sheltrau was down four times. (West Bay City (MI) Times-Press, 1902-04-19)
1902-04-04Billy Walsh2-1-0
Handloser Hall, Delray, Michigan, USAWPTS66
referee: William H. Considine
(Detroit Free Press, 1902-04-05)
1902-03-05Archie Steele
Detroit A.C., Detroit, Michigan, USAWDQ26
referee: Eddie Ryan
Source Detroit Free Press
1902-03-03Harry Peppers15-8-3
Weyler's Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USAWRTD28
(Detroit Free Press, 1902-03-04). According to the Detroit Free Press of March 4th, Peppers, who replaced Fred Thornton, "showed yellow", refusing to come out after round 2.
1902-02-05Billy Walsh2-0-0
Detroit A.C., Detroit, Michigan, USAWTKO58
referee: ? Coffin
Walsh claimed Brusso (Burns) fouled him twice, but neither claim was allowed by the referee. Walsh refused to continue. (Grand Rapids Evening Press, Saginaw Evening News; 1902-02-06).
1902-01-16Fred Thornton0-1-1
Handloser Hall, Delray, Michigan, USAWTKO510
referee: Fred Wellman
Thornton was down twice, when police stopped the bout. (Jackson (MI) Citizen Patriot, 1902-01-18)
Secondary sources report this as Burns' debut. Burns referred to as "Kid Brosso".

 
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