Gunner Moir – Newspaper Articles, 1907-1922 (1/2)

Gunner Moir Wins World’s Championship

The Sphere, London: 2nd December 1907

By defeating Tommy Burns, six times world heavyweight title defender, the Englishman earned the right to style himself the champion of the world today, Dec. 2, 1907. He took the title at the National sporting Club in London, England’s. The Canadian had taken the title from Marvin Hart, who inherited the title from world famous James. J. Jeffries after his retirement.

Moir slashed, pounded and jabbed in an impersonal but scientifically sure way from early in the bout to the tenth round. At that stage, having crashed Burns to the canvas for a count of nine, the Englishman swung over a hard overhand right chop to the jaw and not wanting to see the result of the horror, hopped over the ropes and was halfway to the dressing room when the referee finished the long count. Burns was out for five minutes.

Moir won the toss for corners and as he walked over to his stoll winked laughingly at his seconds as he danced a few steps of a clog dance. The ringsiders quickly changed the odds in the Englishman’s favour after such a display of confidence.

Moir came out slowly at the bell in a crouch. Burns assumed a British attitude, straight up, with chin well exposed, both swapping styles of play. Gunner slowly pushed his left to the body and in an instant ripped up the same hand to the jaw,,, sending Burns back on his heels. Gunner bored in close, resting his head on Burn’s chest and began playing with the body with both hands. Burns was cautioned three times before the bell for holding.

The second and third rounds were all Moir’s. In the fourth Burns surprised everyone in the house by coming out with a rush and almost hanging Moir over the ropes with two wicked smashes to the jaw. Gunner dived into a clutch but Burns shook him off, ripping over a hard overhand right to the face as they broke. Moir covered well but he was on the defensive for the remainder of the round.

From then on to the tenth Moir fought carefully, slowly beating the defending Canadian champion into subjection. in the tenth round, Burns was tired when he answered the bell and Moir, quick to sense his weakened condition, began to fight faster. He jabbed Burns repeatedly with a fast left to the head, then switching his attack to the body with the same hand, brought Burns to the floor and for a count of nine. The American was game and staggered to his feet only to crash back again when Gunner swished over a hard right to the point of the jaw. It was all over.

World Champion Gunner Retires

London Illustrated News: 2nd September 1910

Gunner Moir, three-time defending world heavyweight champion, famous for defeating six times world champion, Canadian Tommy Burns, has announced his retirement from the sport.

Referencing his desire to settle down and to move away from the limelight, Gunner has handed his title to current number two world champion the ‘Galveston Giant, the American, John Arthur ‘Jack’ Johnson. Many of Gunner’s supporters are upset over his decision but we here at London Illustrated News, have heard speculation Gunner is looking to invest in a commercial property in the London area in near future. With the fortunes he has amassed during his career and his celebrity lifestyle, we look forward to seeing what he does.

Court Undecided In Gunner Moir Slander Case

Henson and Findley Times, London: 9th November 1921

In an action brought by Mr William Nelson, motor-lamp maker of Kennington, claiming damages for slander for Mr James Moir, known as Gunner Moir, the jury was left undecided on the first day. The sum of £500 is wanted by the plaintiff.

The complaint of the plaintiff was that the defendant had uttered an allegation concerning himself and the defendant’s son, James Charles Albert Moir, aged 11. Defendant has counterclaimed for damages, alleging that plaintiff had induced his tone to leave home and live with him.

The jury is undecided if plaintiff did or did not entice the boy away from home.