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Death of Simon Byrne

The fight between James 'Deaf' Burke (1809-45) and Simon 'Sam' Byrne took place on 30th May, 1833. Although Byrne was the bigger and heavier man, Burke knocked him out in round 28, after fighting for 75 minutes. Tragically, however, the fight took a terrible toll on Byrne, and he died three days later from his wounds. In an attempt to save his prize-fighting career, Burke emigrated to America. He …