Tommy Burns
(Noah Brusso)
("The Little Giant of Hanover")

BORN   June 17 1881; Chesley, Ontario,Canada
DIED May 10 1955; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
HEIGHT 5-7
WEIGHT 155-185 lbs

Burns was a short, squat battler who was quick and bouncy and carried a stinging, sharp punch - especially his right hand blow; Tommy was an early-day Rocky Marciano who is not included among the greats but is perhaps very much under-rated

Burns was elected to the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1960 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996

1900
       Fred Thornton               Delray, Mi                       KO  5

1901

1902
Jan 16 Fred Thornton               Delray, Mi                       KO  5
Feb  5 Billy Walsh                 Detroit, Mi                      KO  5
Mar  3 Harry Peppers               Detroit, Mi                      KO  2
Mar  5 Archie Steele               Detroit, Mi                      WF  2
          -Some sources report "KO 2" vs "George Steele"
Apr  4 Billy Walsh                 Delray, Mi                        W  6
          -Some sources report "KO 6" in "Detroit, Mi"
Apr 18 Ed Sholtreau                Detroit, Mi                      KO  1
May 16 Ed Sholtreau                Detroit, Mi                       W 10
Jun 27 Dick Smith                  Mt. Clemens, Mi                  KO  2
Jul  9 Dick Smith                  Mt. Clemens, Mi                   W 10
Sep 19 Jack O'Donnell              Butler, In                       KO 11
          -Some sources report "KO 8"
Oct 24 Earl Thompson               Detroit, Mi                      EX  3
Oct 24 Billy Moore                 Detroit, Mi                      EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Nov  6 Reddy Phillips              Lansing, Mi                      KO  9
Dec  9 Jim Corbett                 Detroit, Mi                      EX  3
          -Some sources report 12/08/02
Dec 26 Tom McCune                  Detroit, Mi                      KO  7
          -Middleweight Championship of Michigan

1903
Jan 16 Mike Schreck                Detroit, Mi                       L 10
          -Schreck was a big surprise to Burns;
          Tommy knew about the "Dutchman's" 
          experience but did not know that
          Schreck was left-handed; Schreck
          was the first he had ever seen.
Feb 13 Jim O'Brien                 Delray, Mi                        W 10 
Mar 25 Dick Smith                  Delray, Mi                       KO  2 
Mar 25 Reddy Phillips              Delray, Mi                       WF  2
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date;
          Some sources report "KO 3" on 3/26/03 for the 
          Middleweight Championship of Michigan
Apr 18 Earl Thompson               Detroit, Mi                      EX   
          -Some sources report "KO 3"
Sep 25 Jimmy Duggan                Houghton, Mi                     KO  9
          -Middleweight Championship of Michigan
Oct 12 Jack Hammond                Sault Ste. Marie, Mi             KO  3
          -Middleweight Championship of Michigan
Oct 25 Billy Moore                 Houghton, Mi                      D 10
          -Middleweight Championship of Michigan
Nov  8 Jack Butler                 Sault Ste. Marie, Mi             KO  2
Nov 25 Jack O'Donnell              Evanston, Il                     KO 11
Dec 31 Tom McCune                  Detroit, Mi                       W 10
          -Middleweight Championship of Michigan

1904
Jan 28 Ben O'Grady                 Detroit, Mi                      KO  3 
          -O'Grady came close to dying from injuries
          sustained in this bout; Brusso left town 
          and began fighting under the name "Ed Burns", 
          later as "Tommy Burns"
Feb 26 George Shrosbee             Chicago, Il                      KO  5
Feb 27 Mike Schreck                Milwaukee, Wi                     D  6
Mar 18 Tony Caponi                 Chicago, Il                       D  6
Apr  9 Tony Caponi                 Chicago, Il                       W  6
Apr 26 "Indian" Joe Schildt        Tacoma, Wa                       EX  4
Apr 26 Bobby Johnson               Tacoma, Wa                       EX  4
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jul  8 Hans Erickson               Kemmerer, Wy                     KO  3
Jul    Joe Wardinski               Salt Lake City, Ut               KO  1
Jul 20 Willard Bean                Salt Lake City, Ut               EX  2 
       "Klondike" Mike Mahoney     Yukon Territory                   D   
          -Burns went to the Yukon Territory to see a 
          mine he had won in a poker game; While there, 
          he met and fought the legendary Mahoney
Aug 19 William "Cyclone" Kelly     Tacoma, Wa                       KO  4
          -Some sources report 8/20/04
Sep 16 Billy Woods                 Seattle, Wa                       D 15
Oct  6 John Wille                  Milwaukee, Wi                    EX   
Oct  7 "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien Milwaukee, Wi                     L  6

1905
Jan 31 "Indian Joe" Schildt        Ballard, Wa                      KO  6
          -Schildt was a heavyweight; At this time, 
          Tommy was having trouble making 158 lbs
Mar  7 Jack "Twin" Sullivan        Tacoma, Wa                        D 20
May  2 Dave Barry                  Tacoma, Wa                        W 20
          -Middleweight Championship of the Pacific Coast;
          Some sources report 5/03/05
Jun  7 Hugo Kelly                  Detroit, Mi                       D 10
Jul 28 Hugo Kelly                  Los Angeles, Ca                   D 20
          -Burns won comfortably but had agreed,
          prior to the bout, that if both were 
          still standing at the end, it would be 
          declared a "draw"
Aug 31 Dave Barry                  San Francisco, Ca                KO 20
Oct 17 Jack "Twin" Sullivan        Los Angeles, Ca                   L 20
          -This bout was billed as a Middleweight Championship
          of the World contest

1906
Jan  5 -It was announced that Tommy Ryan would defend
          his Middleweight Championship in early February
          against Tommy Burns; Ryan set the weight at
          158 lbs

Feb 23 Marvin Hart                 Los Angeles, Ca                   W 20
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Mar 28 Jim O'Brien                 San Diego, Ca                    KO  1
Mar 28 James J. Walker             San Diego, Ca                    KO  1 
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date;
          Most sources report these bouts as exhibition
          bouts; However, both contests were billed by 
          promoter and newspapers as Heavyweight 
          Championship contests
Oct  2 "Fireman" Jim Flynn         Los Angeles, Ca                  KO 15
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Nov 28 "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien Los Angeles, Ca                   D 20
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World

1907
Jan 10 Joe Grim                    Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
          -Burns was better; Rounds were shortened to 
          one minute at Grim's request when Burns 
          stripped for action!
May  7 Billy Woods                 Los Angeles, Ca                  EX  3
May  8 "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien Los Angeles, Ca                   W 20 
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World;
          Since both men weighed less than 175 lbs,
          Burns could have laid claim to O'Brien's 
          Light-Heavyweight title
Jul  4 Bill Squires                Colma, Ca                        KO  1
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Dec  2 James "Gunner" Moir         London, England                  KO 10
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Dec 16 Charlie Wilson              London, England                  EX  3

1908
Feb 10 Jack Palmer                 London, England                  KO  4
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Mar 17 Jem Roche                   Dublin, Ireland                  KO  1
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Apr 14 Johnny Douglas              London, England                  EX  3
Apr 18 Joseph "Jewey" Smith        Paris, France                    KO  5
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Jun    -Burns was negotiating a bout with Sam McVea that fell through
Jun 13 Bill Squires                Paris, France                    KO  8 
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Aug 24 Bill Squires                Sydney, NSW, Australia           KO 13
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Sep  2 Bill Lang                   Melbourne, Vic, Australia        KO  6
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Dec 26 Jack Johnson                Sydney, NSW, Australia            L 14 
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World;
          Police intervened; As per prior 
          agreement, a decision was awarded
          by the referee

1910
Apr  7 Bill Lang                   Sydney, NSW, Australia            W 20
          -Heavyweight Championship of the British Empire;
          Heavyweight Championship of Australia
May  2 Larry Foley                 Sydney, NSW, Australia           EX  6
May 13 Mike Williams               Sydney, NSW, Australia           ND  6 

1911
Oct    -Burns relinquished the Heavyweight Championship
          of the British Empire

1912
Aug  8 Bill Rickard                Saskatoon, Sask, Canada          TK  6

1913
Apr  2 Arthur Pelkey               Calgary, Alta, Canada            ND  6

1914
Jan 26 Battling Brant              Taft, Ca                         KO  4

1918
Sep 19 Tex Foster                  Prince Rupert, BC, Canada        KO  4

1920
Jul 16 Joe Beckett                 London, England                  LT  7
          -Heavyweight Championship of the British Empire

*** The Following Bout Is Reported But Not Confirmed ***

1902
Nov 29 Mike Schreck                Detroit, Mi                       L 10
          -This bout is thought to be in error;
          The bout of 1/16/03 appears to be the
          first contest between Burns and Schreck

Record courtesy of Larry "Cap" Roberts, Historian,
International Boxing Research Organization
 
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