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Jack Johnson Vs Tommy Burns 1908 On December 26, 1908, in Sydney, Australia, Jack Johnson became the first black fighter to win the world heavyweight title. He defeated Canada's Tommy Burns, the reigning champ, in 14 rounds. The clip ends just before the police intervened to halt the one-sided contest. They also shut off the movie cameras to ensure Burns' moment of defeat wouldn't be preserved on film.
Tags: Jack  Johnson  Tommy  Burns  boxing 
Added: 12th September 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Classico on 2008-09-15 
In the video you can briefly see racist Jack London who coined the term 'great white hope'.

Johnson was King of the Ring!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-09-15 
Indeed, Classico, Jack London was a correspondent at the Burns-Johnson fight. London might have been a racist (actually there's no doubt he was), but he described this fight accurately in his report: 'Not one second of any round could legitimately be scored for Burns.'
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