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Burke angry at Prizefighter loss

Stephen Burke
Burke felt the knockdown changed the whole course of the fight

Liverpool lightweight Stephen Burke believes a 'trip' cost him victory in the Prizefighter tournament in Glasgow on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old lost on a unanimous points decision to Scotland's Ryan Brawley in the final following a first-round knockdown.

"It was a trip. My front foot came with his front foot as I was stepping in," Burke told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"I was going over anyway. The shot never landed."

Referee Terry O'Connor judged Burke's meeting with the canvas as a knockdown and the round was scored 10-8 to Brawley as a consequence.

Burke believes suffering a 10-8 round in a three-round contest provided a mortal wound to his chances of landing the tournament's £25,000 prize.

"The shot hit me on the back of the head as I was going down, 10-8 rounds can decide 12 round fights so in a three-round fight you're playing catch-up straight away.

"I was chasing him round and I was the aggressor in the fight," added Burke.

Going into Prizefighter Burke had spoken of pursuing British titles but following his first defeat in 11 professional outings he has lowered his sights.

"I'd love to get it on again with Brawley in a proper eight-rounder but I think he'll run a mile," said Burke.


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