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1908 Jack Johnson v Tommy Burns "Full & Graphic Story of The Great Fight"
On December 26, 1908, Canadian Tommy Burns defended his Heavyweight World Title against Jack Johnson in Sydney, Australia. Johnson earned his shot at the Championship after stalking Burns around the world for two years and taunting him in the press. It is believed that Burns had only agreed to fight Johnson after promoters guaranteed him $30,000. The fight lasted fourteen one-sided rounds before being stopped by the police in front of over 20,000 spectators at the Sydney Stadium. The title was awarded to Johnson on a referee's decision as a knockout. Johnson was the first black boxer in history to become heavyweight world champion. Incidentally Joe Gans was the first black champion at lightweight eight years earlier.
Offered here is a scarce original paper booklet titled the "Full and Graphic Story of the The Great Fight - Burns v Johnson". The illustrated book totals 32 pages including covers. In VG-EX condition. 3/4" split at the bottom of the spine. Age toning to the pages. The booklet is currently housed in a transparent dust jacket for protection, which can easily be removed if desired. One of the better examples of this book you'll find.