Marvin Hart vs. Tommy Burns

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1906-02-23 : Marvin Hart 195 lbs lost to Tommy Burns 175 lbs by PTS in round 20 of 20

  • Location: Pacific A.C., Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Referee: Charles Eyton

NOTE -- The following is at odds with the statement issued by Hart after the fight (he blamed continual fouling by Burns as the reason), nor did Jeffries referee the bout.

"As the fighters entered the ring Hart came over to Burns's corner to examine Tommy's hands. He complained that Burns had too much tape on his hands and ordered it removed. Burns just smiled and said, 'Why, Mr. Hart, I didn't think that a big champion like you would mind that a little man like me would wear a little tape.' Hart exploded and tried to punch Burns. Jeffries (acting as the referee) parted the men. He allowed the tape of Burns' hands. But the incident so upset Hart that he fought in a rage. Burns took advantage of this and easily outpointed Hart, winning 18 out of 20 rounds." The Tommy Burns Story by Billy Mahoney.

San Francisco Call summary [1]; Los Angeles Herald [2]