Boxer dies after match – coaching staff raises serious allegations

Updated on 17/05/2022 at 07:10

  • During a boxing match in Garching in the Munich district, Musa Yamak collapses and later dies at the hospital.
  • The 38-year-old boxer is said to have had a heart attack while fighting in the ring.
  • Police are talking about riots, fans are said to have obstructed the rescue effort.
  • Garching’s cultural adviser and the deceased’s coach disagree.

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

According to this, the WBF International Champion lost consciousness before the third round, after he had probably been hit in the head during the fight in Garching town hall. It is also believed that the athlete had a heart attack as a result.

Yamak’s support team started with the first emergency measures and resuscitation of the professional athlete while he was still in the ring.

Statements from the police have been criticized

Because about 50 fans are said to be preventing the rescue service from delivering supplies, about 15 patrols and a special police unit were deployed to secure the area. That’s what the emergency services said.


On May 15, 2022, lightweight boxer Musa Yamak died at a Munich hospital after a fight in the Garching town hall. The cause of death is said to be a heart attack that the 38-year-old had. Munich police came under criticism for their description of the course of the rescue measures. (icon image)

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“Ambulance crews were offered turbulent scenes by emotional fans and family members on the spot,” a spokesman for Munich police described the incident to the newspaper “Bild”. “To ensure the safety of the ambulance people, we sent out a lot of patrols and USK. Then we set up a protection corridor on the spot so that the ambulance people could work safely and conscientiously.”

Garching culture consultant Thomas Gotterbarm and Yamak’s coach contradicted this presentation during Monday. Gotterbarm said it was dramatic and emotional on the ring, but the rescue team was certainly not disturbed.

Yamak’s coach accuses the police of misrepresentation and aggression

Yamak’s coach opposed the police’s presentation even more energetically to the newspaper “Bild” and also made serious allegations: “That was not the case. The spectators gave first aid before the ambulance people arrived and tried to save Yamak. It’s some shit. We separated the ring. And rope ourselves to make it easier for the ambulance staff. To make it easier to lift the stretcher into the ring. This is character murder. A brother of ours died in the ring. The police were very aggressive. Shouted at us. We should fuck off, shouted “We wanted to save a life, it can not be that we are all bad guys!”

After on-site treatment, the athlete was transported to a nearby hospital in Munich. There were also – according to initial reports – gathered around 30 angry and disturbing fans again, who should have been reassured by the police. According to police, they had followed the rescue transport. The riots only subsided around 3 p.m. “Süddeutsche Zeitung” reported on this with reference to the police.

The transmitting station defends itself against statements in an article

In a detailed Facebook post, Lars Plath, CEO of the television company Fight24.tv, which broadcast the match in the livestream, explicitly addressed Bayerischer Rundfunk and captured the allegedly false representations in his article.

Plath wrote: “It should be noted at this point that the article for which you are responsible does not correspond to the facts in large parts and almost all relevant parts. This is all the more astonishing as the official press release from the police (link below) speaks a different language (and largely corresponds to my impressions) and does not make room for the statements you made in the article. “

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

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