Martin Burke

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Martin Burke

Name: Martin Burke
Birth Name: Martin Joseph Burke
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Died: 1978-09-18 (Age:82)
Height: 191cm
Reach: 202cm
Promoter: Record
Referee: Record
Pro Boxer: Record

As an amateur, Martin Burke won the 1918 National AAU Middleweight champion by defeating Sam Lagonia. He won the heavyweight title in 1919, defeating P. Searle at Camp Devens, MA.

After his fighting career ended, Burke promoted boxing and wrestling shows in New Orleans.

On November 9, 1945, along with Jack Dempsey, Burke helped promote a "Victory Loan" War Bonds show at the Coliseum Arena, which raised $2,500,000. The show was headlined by amateur flyweights Keith Hamilton and Johnny Arduini.

Burke moved to Palm Springs in 1948, where he lived until his death in 1978. He was the father of actor Paul Burke [1]

About half of this record courtesy of Tracy Callis, International Boxing Research Organization historian.