Bareknuckles boxer Paddy Doherty Survives Coronavirus Scare, Carlos Burga Dies at 68

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

London, UK (January 21st, 2021)– Latin American and Peruvian amateur boxing champion Carlos Burga, who represented Peru at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, at welterweight, and served as Peru’s national amateur sports representative, later a professional boxing referee and boxing judge, died in Peru on January 18, 2021, of Covid-19 Novel coronavirus. Burga also competed for Peru at the 1975 seventh Pan American Games in Mexico City, Mexico.

 The official Peruvian Sports Deportes (Association) released this statement: “The IPD regrets the sensitive death of the former Peruvian boxer Carlos Burga, Latin American champion, and Peruvian national representative in the 1972 Olympic Games. Our condolences go out to all of his family and friends. RIP.”

Burga’s passing joins former middleweight contender Juan Domingo Roldan, corner cut man Nelson Cuevas, distinguished referee Eddie Cotton, championship trainer Ali Harrison Salaam, boxing trainer Jimmy Glenn, bantamweight boxer Garry Garber, former Iranian national team boxer Masoud Haji Rasouli, and five-time Italian heavyweight champion Angelo Rottoli who have succumbed to the coronavirus in the past year of the pandemic.

One positive note did occur yesterday with the release from the hospital of a British boxing legend.  Famed British bare-knuckles boxing legend Paddy Doherty, age 61, who appeared in the motion picture ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ was released from the hospital in the United Kingdom on January 19, 2021, after a long life and death struggle with COVID-19 Novel coronavirus in which he could hardly breathe. Doherty is one of the lucky survivors of boxing who has endured the pandemic, who emerged to tell the tale.