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Johnny Tapia found dead

2012-05-28 07:24

Los Angeles - Five-time world boxing champion Johnny Tapia has died at his house in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Albuquerque Journal reported on Sunday, citing a family source.

According to the newspaper, Albuquerque police were called to Tapia's house on Sunday evening by a family member who found a body there.

Police spokesperson Robert Gibbs told the Journal that the death did not appear suspicious and an autopsy would be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Tapia, 45, was known for his battles with cross-town rival Danny Romero, Paulie Ayala and Marco Antonio Barrera.

He earned world titles in the super flyweight, bantamweight and featherweight divisions in a professional career that began in 1988.

In 2007, Tapia was hospitalised after an apparent drug overdose. While he was in hospital, two members of his family - his brother-in-law and a nephew - were killed in a road accident.

Tapia, whose battles with addiction led to several brushes with the law, amassed a record of 59 wins, five losses and two draws with 30 knockouts.

Tapia's last fight was an eight-round unanimous decision over Mauricio Pastrana in Albuquerque in June 2011.

AFP

Comments
  • Saumya - 2012-05-28 07:45

    Here's all that he had in his mind. http://liveoncampus.com/wire/show/3383753 Chuck Nitty interviewing Boxing legend Johnny Tapia at the Andre Ward / Carl Froch Press Conference in NYC at the Edison Ballroom on December 13, 2011. RIP Tapia. You were a legend indeed.!

  • Harry - 2012-05-28 18:14

    His father was murdered before he was born, his mother was murdered when he was 8 years old. His brother-in-law and nephew were killed in a car accident on the way to see him in hospital, following a drug overdose. What a tragic life. RIP.

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