Longtime boxing referee Rocky Burke is inducted into the Hall of Fame

The Burke name is synonymous with boxing throughout New Mexico and the Borderland.

Rocky Burke will be inducted into the New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame on Saturday night in Roswell, New Mexico.

The Las Cruces native was a successful fighter and is currently one of the best referees and judges in the area.

“Boxing has been a central part of my life, it’s something that’s very close to my heart and important to my life,” Burke said. “It is an honor to be recognized by my home state. My family has been involved in boxing for many years and has given us many lasting memories.”

Burke, 69, is still going strong and was most recently a referee and judge at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino and Resort on a pro boxing card last Saturday that featured several top contestants from New Mexico and El Paso.

Las Cruces native Rocky Burke (right) will be inducted into the New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame Saturday night.  He is a former boxer and is currently judging and refereeing.

Burke said he has stood in the ring for between 800 and 1,000 fights in his career, which has employed him in Germany, Mexico and the Southwestern United States.

“As a former fighter, I know what it’s like to be in the ring and I understand the mentality of a fighter,” Burke said. “I’ve been fortunate to be a part of many great fights locally and around the world and have seen many great fighters up close and personal.”