Jack Johnson v. Tommy Burns Official Program (1908)
Jack Johnson, the first African-American to win the World Heavyweight Title, followed champion Tommy Burns around the world in order to procure a fight with him. The tour stopped in Sydney, Australia, where, under the promotion of Hugh McIntosh, the fight was arranged. The date was set for December 26, 1908, and was held in the morning so as to not interfere with the afternoon racing crowd. Burns was small, but tough and had vast experience before and after winning the title. It added up to little against the bigger, stronger, quicker, Jack Johnson, who played with Burns for 13 rounds before stopping him in the 14th. Johnson had the coveted title and the world saw a new face on boxing. Presented here is the very rare official on-site program for the bout. This program measures 5.5x8.25". The program contains 65 pages and is not scored. The program has some soiling on both covers, which also exhibit some mild restoration.The inside pages show some handling wear with nothing torn or written on. Fantastic cover and great advertisements with boxer histories inside.The binding and pages are tight. Beautiful illustrated cover. Very rare and historic.
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