Paul Burke (boxer)

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Paul Burke (born 25 July 1966 in Preston, Lancashire) is a former professional boxer from England, who competed in the lightweight and light welterweight divisions (– 60 kg). His career was overshadowed by the death of one of his opponents, Felix Bwalya from Zambia. The pair met on 13 December 1997 in Lusaka for the Vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) Light Welterweight Title. The fight was mostly dominated by Burke and in the final round, he scored a knockdown against Bwalya. Bwalya was unable to continue, the round was deemed incomplete and he had to be helped to his feet by the referee. For reasons unknown to the public, Felix Bwalya was officially recognised as the victor of the fight and the final round was never put on record. Television networks didn't air the 12th round even though they were broadcasting live.

Achievements
Preceded by
Bernard Paul
Commonwealth Light Welterweight Champion
30 August 1997 – 13 December 1997
Succeeded by
Felix Bwalya
Preceded by
Felix Bwalya
Died
Commonwealth Light Welterweight Champion
30 November 1998 – 13 October 1999
Succeeded by
Eamon Magee

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