Legendary world champion boxer Tommy Burns

Tommy Burns (1881–1955) was, and remains, the only Canadian-born World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. He was often underestimated by his opponents because of his size (a mere 5'7", or 170 cm); however, his determination, exploits and amazing technique propelled him to fame as one of the most prolific Canadian boxers of his generation.

What distinguished Tommy Burns most from the boxers of his time was his willingness to fight opponents of all nationalities. While most boxers refused to compete against athletes of different backgrounds, Burns saw this as an opportunity to gain experience and prove that he was the very best.

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Black and white long shot photo showing Tommy Burns in right uppercut position

Tommy Burns
Library and Archives Canada, c014091

Black and white long shot photo showing Tommy Burns in low guard position

Tommy Burns
Library and Archives Canada, c014094

Black and white medium shot photo showing Tommy Burns wearing a suit and a hat

Tommy Burns
Library and Archives Canada, PA-029857

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