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The Annual Purge of Chivarreto (sort of)


Officials pull one fight off of the other after they continued to fight after one fighter fell over. Of all the fights that occurred on the day of the fight, only one involved intoxicated fighters. Photo: Jeff Abbott/Comvite
Officials pull one fight off of the other after they continued to fight after one fighter fell over. Of all the fights that occurred on the day of the fight, only one involved intoxicated fighters. Photo: Jeff Abbott/Comvite

Each year, spectators descend upon the quiet farming town of Chivarreto, in the municipality of San Francisco el Alto for one of Semana Santa’s most unique events: bareknuckle boxing, or Pelea a puño limpio (Fight with a clean fist). The yearly fights are held in the early afternoon on Good Friday of Holy Week.

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