2. BUT former champion Tommy Burns did not share Willard’s optimism. Six months before the fight he picked Dempsey to beat Willard and advised all his friends to bet on the handsome challenger.
3. FIVE ounce gloves were used inside a 20ft ring. The gargantuan Willard was making only the second defence of his crown since famously toppling four years previously, and believed his 58lb weight advantage would be too much for the 24-year-old challenger.