Boxer dies after fight – coaching team raises serious allegations

Updated on 05/17/2022 at 07:10

  • During a boxing match in Garching, Munich, Musa Yamac collapsed and later died in hospital.
  • The 38-year-old boxer is said to have suffered a heart attack while fighting in the ring.
  • Police are talking about riots, and fans are said to have hampered rescue efforts.
  • But Garshing’s cultural advisor and the deceased’s coach differ in opinion.

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Boxer Musa Yamak died after a competition in Garching (Munich region). As police announced on Monday, the 38-year-old passed away on Sunday afternoon.

According to this, the WBF International Champion lost consciousness before the third round after he was likely hit on the head during the fight at Garching Community Center. It is also believed that the athlete had a heart attack as a result.

The Yamac support team began the first emergency procedures and resuscitated the professional athlete while he was still in the track.

Police statements have been criticized

Because about 50 fans were said to have prevented the rescue service from providing supplies, about 15 patrols and special police units were deployed to secure the area. That’s what the emergency services said.


On May 15, 2022, lightweight boxer Musa Yamak died in a hospital in Munich after a fight at the Garching community center. The cause of death is said to be a heart attack suffered by the 38-year-old. Munich police have been criticized for describing the course of rescue measures. (Icon picture)

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A Munich police spokesman described the event to Bild newspaper: “Paramedics were shown disturbing scenes of emotionally charged fans and their family members at the scene.” “To ensure the safety of the paramedics, we sent a lot of patrols and the USK. Then we set up a protective corridor at the site so the paramedics could work safely and conscientiously.”

Garching’s cultural advisor Thomas Gotterbarm, and Yamak coach, contradicted that representation during Monday. It was dramatic and emotional on the track, Gotterbarm said, but the rescue team certainly wasn’t upset.

Yamak coach accuses police of misinformation and aggression

Yamak’s trainer opposed the more active portrayal of the police by the newspaper “Bild” and also made serious allegations: “It was not. The spectators gave first aid before the paramedics arrived and tried to save Yamak. This is nonsense. We dismantled the ring and locked ourselves up to make it easier for the paramedics. To make it easier to lift the stretcher to The arena. This is a character assassination. A brother of ours died in the arena. The police were very aggressive. They came out, shouting. We wanted to save a life, we can’t be villains to everyone!”

After on-site treatment, the athlete was taken to a nearby hospital in Munich. Also there – according to first reports – about 30 angry and restless fans gathered again, who were supposed to calm them down by the police. According to the police, they followed up with the rescue transport. The riots did not subside until about three in the morning. The newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung” reported, citing police.

The transmitting station defends itself against the data in an article

In a detailed Facebook post, Lars Plath, managing director of Fight24.tv, which broadcasts the fight live, openly addressed Bayerischer Rundfunk and picked up the allegedly false allegations in her article.

Plath wrote: “It should be noted at this point that the article for which you are responsible does not conform to the facts in large parts and almost all relevant parts. This is even more startling than the official police press release (link below) that speaks a different language (and is somewhat consistent) large with my impressions) and makes no room for the statements I made in the article.”

Fans mourn the late boxer on Musa Yamak’s social media channels. (dpa/how)

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