James Burke (boxer)James Burke
) was also one of England
's early days Boxing
champions. Trained around the River Thames
, he fought internationally but refused to meet Irish champion Sam O' Rourke in Ireland
, so O' Rourke went to the United States
and made fun of Burke's courage, so Burke followed him there and they fought in New Orleans
, and the fight evolved into such a violent event between the fighters and the public that Burke had to run away on a horse, afraid for his life.
Burke later died at home of Tuberculosis, at the young age of 36. In 1992, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame.