Johnny Tapia

Boxer Johnny Tapia Dies — Dead at 45

Sun, 27 May 2012 21:15:40 -0700 Boxer Johnny Tapia has reportedly died.Family members say Albuquerque police were summoned to Tapia's house at 7:45 PM Sunday by a family member who discovered the body.Cops say the death does not appear suspicious, but an official cause has not

Boxing champion Johnny Tapia found dead in home

Sun, 27 May 2012 22:54:10 -0700 FILE: five-time world champion Johnny Tapia, left, connects with Evaristo Primero in the ninth round of a 10-round junior welterweight bout at Isleta Pueblo, N.M.

Boxing champion Johnny Tapia dead

Mon, 28 May 2012 01:43:33 -0700 Three-weight world champion Johnny Tapia dies at the age of 45 in a death not thought to be suspicious.

Boxer Johnny Tapia Dies — Dead at 45 |

Boxer Johnny Tapia has reportedly died.Family members say Albuquerque police were summoned to Tapia's house at 7:45 PM Sunday by a family member who

Johnny Tapia Dead: Police Say 5-Time World Boxing Champion …

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Johnny Tapia, the five-time boxing champion whose turbulent career was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and run-ins with the law, was found dead Sunday at his Albuquerque …

Johnny Tapia Found Dead at 45 – Bad Left Hook

Johnny Tapia has been found dead at age 45. Bad Left Hook has more.


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8 Responses to Johnny Tapia

  • Anonymous says:

    Johnny Tapia ‘Mi Vida Loca’ RIP? Very sad news boxing fans.

    One of my all-time favourites, as you know, has passed away. Mi Vida Loca, Johnny Tapia, the great Mexican fighter.

    He had a very extreme lifestyles, partying, using drugs, not training e.c.t. In fact for the Barrera fight he spent the entire training camp partying and did not once even lace up some gloves – that shows just how great he could have been with dedication.

    Lets pay some respect to a fallen warrior, regardless of his out of the ring activies, he was a really likeable guy with a great personality and looked like he was back on the straight and narrow when he was working as an interviewer for Top Rank.

    RIP Johnny, Mi Vida Loca
    @AO, You’re right man. He never found peace or happiness in life, and that wasn’t his fault at all. At least us Tapia fans can be sure he’s finally at peace now and getting the rest he deserves.
    @Flash, they haven’t released the info yet. Drugs would be my guess unfortunately, he struggled with drugs and alcohol his whole life.

  • Anonymous says:

    R.I.P Johnny Tapia..? Evidently he was found dead in his apartment.

    Very sad, RIP.
    I always wanted to see him fight Mark Johnson, that was a big dream matchup of mine for awhile.

  • Anonymous says:

    Ultimate Fantasy Featherweight Tournament – Round 1? ALL FIGHTS 15 ROUNDS. ALL FIGHTERS IN THEIR PRIMES.

    1: Willie Pep vs Kid Chocolate
    2: Salvador Sanchez vs Sandy Saddler
    3: Eusebio Pedroza vs Erik Morales
    4: Johnny Tapia vs Manny Pacquiao
    5: Azumah Nelson vs Floyd Mayweather Jr.
    6: Henry Armstrong vs George Dixon
    7: Alexis Arguello vs Marco Antonio Barrera
    8: Arturo Gatti vs Diego Corrales

    • Curator says:

      I am Joshua Mbngo Dmbungo TONGUE-CLICK Jnr. Jnr.
      Pep v Chocolate
      Chocolate had some great wins, but some of his best performences were controversial decision losses to the likes of Canzoneri and Batallino in which many thought Chocolate was robbed. Pep’s negative style though would open up a lot of gaps in Chocolate and I think Willie picks him off for a UD, but with Kid giving him some scares along the way.

      Sanchez v Saddler
      I love this fight. Saddler’s power at featherweight is great, but Gomez’ shots bounced off Sanchez’ chin, it was that kind of steel. Saddler’s offensive capabilities and all round savagery would make the first half of the fight very interesting and action packed. His dirty tactics and superior experience making it a severe test of Sanchez’ resolve, but Salvador was always so aloof in the ring and I think he’d not only survive but adapt, as he did to agressive fighters, and put on one of his counter punching master pieces.
      Sanchez UD

      Pedroza v Morales
      Pedroza was weird, as he was kinda chinny at super bantam but teek tough at featherweight. Morales’ chin is of course totally solid. I think Pedroza has heavier hands, but Morales always hit with great and mallicious intent. I think Pedroza’s inside work and rough stuff sees him take a UD, maybe with a point deducted along the way courtesy of his dark arts.

      Tapia v Pacquiao
      Tapia would be the smaller man. When he fought Barrera he was dwarfed in comparison with Barrera’s built upper body, and Pacquiao wa at least Barrera’s size. Although Tapia’s the more skilled boxer than boxer than Pacquiao, I see Manny’s insane speed, power and volume at featherweight getting to him repeatedly. I think Pacquiao takes the UD. The reason I see it going the distance being that he probably wouldn’t have stopped Barrera had MAB had full preparation for the fight and that Tapia was a warrior.

      Nelson v Mayweather Jr.
      Two great natural athletes here. Nelson’s much stronger and more powerful, with Mayweather being super quick and flashy. Seen as he started at super feather I’ve got to assume this version of Mayweather is fairly inexperienced, whereas Nelson fought afew world champions. Mayweather scores points based on letting loose with his laser hands here and there, but Nelson’s solid guard and confidence turn it into Nelson walking Mayweather down and landing the more quality shots. Nelson UD.

      Armstrong v Dixon
      Dixon was only ever a small featherweight, often weighing comfortably under the limit in title fights. Armstrong was naturally big enough to go on the win the welterweight and almost the middleweight world titles. Despite Dixon’s obvious skilll I think Armstrong simply overwhelms him to a UD.

      Arguello v Barrera
      Although Arguello was a champion at featherweight, he hadn’t yet matured into the fearsome and great super featherweight he was at his best. Barrera was big for a featherweight, especially in the upper body and could fight with pretty much anybody, but also developed brilliant boxing skills as he displayed against Hamed. Barrera was far more rounded by this stage of his career. The Baby Faced Assassin box-punches his way to a UD. Arguello has to get up off the canvas late and is wobbly in the 15th but hangs on.

      Gatti v Corrales
      Corrales is on a different level in my opinion. Diego UD.


  • Anonymous says:

    Khaosai Galaxy Vs Johnny Tapia @115lb., Super-flyweight? I have Tapia as the greatest 115lb. fighter ever. 43 straight wins 0 losses and 24 knockouts, not to mention he defended his title 20 times! He was never even knocked down at this weight.

    • Curator says:

      Very interesting question sir! There is little doubt based on your stats of Johnny Tapia that he would be a force to be reckoned with particularly at 115 lbs. But in my opinion, Khaosai Galaxy is the great Super flyweight or Jr. Bantamweight of all time.He was a relentless and stong fighter with awesome punching power particularly his devastating left handed body shots. His overall record was 50-1-0 with 44 kayo’s and was fittingly known as the Thai Tyson. He was the WBA Jr Bantamweight Champion from 1984-91 and a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He had a total of 19 title defenses with 44 consecutive wins and 0 losses from 1982-91! So obviously this stacks up to be quite a tremendous fight of the warriors. Here is how I see this fight going:

      The fight

      Both men meet in ring center and start trading punches. Galaxy appears to be the harder puncher but Tapia is extremely tough and fights back with a reckless abandon. The fight goes on like this with almost non stop action for about 10 rounds as Galaxy’s body attack is starting to take it’s toll on Tapia who has the heart of a lion and will not quit. In round 11 Galaxy sends Tapia down with a great body shot followed by a blistering left to the head. Tapia gets up and fights back fiercely and even staggers the durable Galaxy. Neither man has any quit in them whatsover and against all odds the fights makes it the entire 15 rounds as the fgfans give both a much deserved standing ovation. The winner is Galaxy by majority decision.

  • Anonymous says:

    Buy Or Sell, Johnny Tapia Was The Greatest Fighter At @ 155lb, Super Flyweight, Ever? @ 155lb his record stood at 43 Wins 0 Losses and 24 KO’s

    He made 20 defenses of his title at this weight before moving up to win the bantamweight and featherweight title.
    @115 sorry, not 155. lol

    • Curator says:

      It’s difficult to rank the greatest jr bantams (super fly’s if you prefer), but khaosai galaxy is my number one.

      i don’t know who i would put at number two, but tapia, gilberto roman & jiro watanabe would all be in the running.

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