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1'''Clarence 'Red' Burman''' (born Clarence Burns, [[March 18]], [[1915]]-[[January 25]], [[1996]]) was an American boxer in the Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight divisions. During the [[1940s]], he was a top rated contender who challenged [[Joe Louis]] for the world Heavyweight title. 1'''Clarence 'Red' Burman''' (born Clarence Burns, [[March 18]], [[1915]]-[[January 25]], [[1996]]) was an American boxer in the Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight divisions. During the [[1940s]], he was a top rated contender who challenged [[Joe Louis]] for the world Heavyweight title.
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3==Early Life== 3==Early Life==
4Clarence Burns was born in [[Baltimore, Maryland]]. He lived there his entire life. He changed his ring name to Red Burman in [[1936]]. <ref>[http://boxrec.com/media/index.php?title=Human:12128.boxrec.com]</ref> 4Clarence Burns was born in [[Baltimore, Maryland]]. He lived there his entire life. He changed his ring name to Red Burman in [[1936]]. <ref>[http://boxrec.com/media/index.php?title=Human:12128.boxrec.com]</ref>
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6==Boxing career== 6==Boxing career==
7Red Burman fought under the names "K.O. Burns" or "Kayo Burns" and under his real name of Clarence Burns, until sometime in 1936. Entering that year, Burman had engaged in 44 professional bouts, sporting a record of 32 wins, 11 losses and 1 draw (tie), 7 wins by knockout. Burman was a protege of former world Heavyweight Champion [[Jack Dempsey]]. On [[April 28]], [[1930]], he made his professional boxing debut, losing to Mickey Nielson by a 4 round decision at the 104th regiment Armory, Baltimore. 7Red Burman fought under the names "K.O. Burns" or "Kayo Burns" and under his real name of Clarence Burns, until sometime in 1936. Entering that year, Burman had engaged in 44 professional bouts, sporting a record of 32 wins, 11 losses and 1 draw (tie), 7 wins by knockout. Burman was a protege of former world Heavyweight Champion [[Jack Dempsey]]. On [[April 28]], [[1930]], he made his professional boxing debut, losing to Mickey Nielson by a 4 round decision at the 104th regiment Armory, Baltimore.
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9Burman had his first victory on [[May 9]], 1930, when he beat Young Nelson by a decision in four at the Arena, [[Salisbury, Maryland]]. On [[January 2]], [[1934]], he faced [[Ken Overlin]], who outpointed him over 8 rounds at Portner's Arena, [[Alexandria, Virginia]]. 9Burman had his first victory on [[May 9]], 1930, when he beat Young Nelson by a decision in four at the Arena, [[Salisbury, Maryland]]. On [[January 2]], [[1934]], he faced [[Ken Overlin]], who outpointed him over 8 rounds at Portner's Arena, [[Alexandria, Virginia]].
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11After losing to Bob Turner by a third round knockout on [[October 29]], 1934 in [[Newport News, Virginia]], Burman tallied off 12 wins in a row, including avenging the loss to Turner by an eighth round knockout on [[February 4]], [[1935]], at [[Carlin's Park]] in Baltimore. Burman fought at [[Oriloe Park]], [[Yankee Stadium]] and [[Comiskey Park]] during this period. He beat [[Billy Ketchel]], brother of [[Stanley Ketchel]], and [[Steve Dudas]], among others, during that streak. 11After losing to Bob Turner by a third round knockout on [[October 29]], 1934 in [[Newport News, Virginia]], Burman tallied off 12 wins in a row, including avenging the loss to Turner by an eighth round knockout on [[February 4]], [[1935]], at [[Carlin's Park]] in Baltimore. Burman fought at [[Oriloe Park]], [[Yankee Stadium]] and [[Comiskey Park]] during this period. He beat [[Billy Ketchel]], brother of [[Stanley Ketchel]], and [[Steve Dudas]], among others, during that streak.
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13Burman lost to Dudas in a rematch, then followed up with 14 more victories in a row. Included among his victims were Ketchel two more times, the dangerous [[Buddy Knox]] (29=2 coming into their fight) and Dutch Weimer. On [[October 2]], 1936, he faced fellow Louis title challenger [[John Henry Lewis]], losing to the future world Light Heavyweight Champion by a 2nd round knockout at the [[Chicago Stadium]] in [[Chicago, Illinois]]. 13Burman lost to Dudas in a rematch, then followed up with 14 more victories in a row. Included among his victims were Ketchel two more times, the dangerous [[Buddy Knox]] (29=2 coming into their fight) and Dutch Weimer. On [[October 2]], 1936, he faced fellow Louis title challenger [[John Henry Lewis]], losing to the future world Light Heavyweight Champion by a 2nd round knockout at the [[Chicago Stadium]] in [[Chicago, Illinois]].
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15Burman then faced [[Eduardo Primo]], beating him by a knockout in 3 rounds. On [[April 21]], [[1937]], Burman upset until then undefeated [[Gus Dorazio]] by a ten round decision at the Naval Armory in [[Detroit, Michigan]]. He then defeated 17-2 [[Eddie Blunt]] but lost to 14-1 [[Alberto Santiago Lovell]] at [[Gilmore Stadium]] in [[Los Angeles, California|Los Angeles]]. 15Burman then faced [[Eduardo Primo]], beating him by a knockout in 3 rounds. On [[April 21]], [[1937]], Burman upset until then undefeated [[Gus Dorazio]] by a ten round decision at the Naval Armory in [[Detroit, Michigan]]. He then defeated 17-2 [[Eddie Blunt]] but lost to 14-1 [[Alberto Santiago Lovell]] at [[Gilmore Stadium]] in [[Los Angeles, California|Los Angeles]].
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17On [[February 2]], [[1938]], Burman ascended to the Heavyweight top ten rankings by defeating [[Johnny Risko]], another top contender of the era. In [[1939]], he split two fights with Welshman [[Tommy Farr]], winning the first in New York and losing the second one in [[London, England|London]] (Burman had previously fought internationally, in [[Mexico]]). Both fights were decision wins for the victor. 17On [[February 2]], [[1938]], Burman ascended to the Heavyweight top ten rankings by defeating [[Johnny Risko]], another top contender of the era. In [[1939]], he split two fights with Welshman [[Tommy Farr]], winning the first in New York and losing the second one in [[London, England|London]] (Burman had previously fought internationally, in [[Mexico]]). Both fights were decision wins for the victor.
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