Marty BurkeBoxing, 1912-48

Inducted: 1978

  • A New Orleans native who began fighting in 1912 at the age of 15, winning titles such as the 90-lb Championship of the South (1912), the Bantamweight Championship of the South (1913) and the Lightweight Championship of the South (1915).
  • Won the 1918 National AAU Middleweight championship by defeating Sam Lagonia.
  • He went on to win the AAU Heavyweight title in 1919 with a defeat of P. Searle in Massachusetts.
  • As a professional, recorded a career mark of 58-33-8 with 23 knockouts between 1919 and 1929.
  • Also served as a sparring partner for Jack Dempsey.
  • After his fighting career, promoted boxing and wrestling events in New Orleans.
  • Born Sept. 10, 1897 and died Sept. 18, 1978 at the age of 81.
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