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Tommy Burns

Canada's Unknown World Heavyweight Champion

By Dan McCaffery

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"I will defend my title against all comers, none barred. By this I mean white, black, Mexican, Indian, or any other nationality. I propose to be the champion of the world not the white, or the Canadian or the American. If I am not the best man in the heavyweight division, I don't want the title."
In an era of pervasive racism, Tommy Burns had the courage to embrace bouts with African-Americans, including the great Jack Johnson. When Johnson won, the American South exploded with racial violence and Burns' reputation was widely smeared. But Burns was a terrific fighter who still holds many records after almost a century: he's the only World Heavyweight Champion to have defended his title twice in one night; his eight consecutive knockouts while champ have never been bettered; and at 5'7" he was the shortest titleholder in history.
Award-winning journalist Dan McCaffery at last tells Burns' astonishing story: his humble beginnings and hard-won success, as well as his personal tragedies and virtually unmourned death. Here is a heroic Canadian who beat the odds, defied world opinion, and came out swinging.

"...fascinating..."

- John Fear Kitchener-Waterloo Record

"...a super read about an extremely interesting fighter... a worthwhile addition to any boxing library."

- Jerry Gladman London Free Press

"McCaffery's relentless digging has unearthed a readable account of a forgotten Canadian sports figure."

- Tom Hawthorne Victoria Times-Colonist

"The memory of Tommy Burns deserves respect, especially here in Canada. Perhaps with this book, his redemption will begin."

- Chris Nelson Calgary Herald

"Dan McCaffery aims to restablish the champ's place in Canada's sporting pantheon."

- MacLean's

"...the story not only of a big-hearted, over-achieving underdog but also a fascinating tale of an often eccentric social and political pioneer. Burns, argues McCaffery convincingly, was a technically superior fighter, ahead of his times, well capable of handling much bigger and brawnier opponents."

- Garthj Woolsey Toronto Star

"McCaffery's engaging prose is backed up with solid research and dozens of period photographs. This book will knock out boxing and history fans alike."

- Steve Pitt Canadian Book Review Annual

Belittled during his lifetime and virtually forgotten after his death in 1955, Burns has now been rescued from obscurity by Dan McCaffery.
...a wonderfully detailed look at the fighter from Canada that his biographer claims is "one of the most influential athletes of the past hundred years".

- Andrew Armitage The Sun Times, Owen Sound

"...Merit[s consideration as a purchase for high school libraries where its contents can contribute to studies of Canadian social history...Highly recommended."

- CM Magazine [Canadian Materials

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Publication Details:

Binding: Hardback, 268 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9781550286977
Format: 9in x 6in

BISAC Code:  BIO016000, SPO008000
Imprint: Lorimer


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