The 5'7" Burns, a natural middleweight who competed mostly in the HW division, won't ever be remembered as one of the great ones, but he scored a number of wins against some of the top boxers of his era, including the likes of Philadelphia Jack O'Brien, Marvin Hart, Fireman Jim Flynn, Gunner Moir, as well as other highly regarded fighters.
In addition to that, unless I've missed something along the way, I believe Tommy Burns still holds the record for consecutive title defenses by way of knockout (with eight). If that mark has been broken by now, I'm unaware of it, but I know it stood for many years. With a professional record of 46 wins 5 losses and 8 no decisions - Burns would hardly seem to qualify as one of the two worst HW champions in history.
Driving a small car to compensate for my oversized ***ia.
> shortest) and Primo Canera who was the tallest (unless I am wrong about
> that and the tallest was Jess Willard). So this begs the question: Who
> would emerge as the victor if there was a battle between the two?