Tapia's body is found at his home on Sunday night. His emotional transparency popularized him but he was doomed by his lack of control. BLEACHED smiles and engineered chests bounce past beggars slurring their way through rehearsed pleas for money. Thats the love of my life. His 1999 loss by decision to Paulie Ayala was named the Fight of the Year by The Ring magazine.Tapia was inducted during 2017, posthumously, to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.Tapia was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Mexican American parents. Teresa loves it when her husband chuckles like that; it means he is in a good place. Foul play is not suspected. The radio station segues to a commercial with Snoop and Wiz Khalifas Young Wild and Free and listening to the music, the ex-champion sways joyfully from side to side. Johnny Tapia, a prizefighter who won world titles in three weight classes in a chaotic life that included jail, struggles with mental illness, suicide attempts and five times being declared. His laughter is curly and instantly infectious. [8] Tapia won the fight by majority decision, 9892, 9694, 9595. After three and a half years away from the ring, he returned to win five fights before defeating Henry Martinez to win the world super flyweight title (115-pound limit). Las Vegas is a City of Sin, the best and worst of humankind, mixed together to form a sickly but irresistible trail of destruction. The denial of any possibility to exact vengeance stung Johnny. He has been the editor of Boxing News since 2015. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. Isleta Resort & Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. It was a cruel blow for wife Terese to take. Tapia was banned from boxing for three years and he describes his suspension as one of the lowest times in his life. Did you encounter any technical issues? Name: Juan Tapia Pro Boxing Record: 12-4-0 (Win-Loss-Draw) Nickname: Johnny Blaze Current Streak: N/A Age: 29 | Date of Birth: 1993.03.08 Last Fight: N/A Weight Class: | Last Weigh-In: N/A Affiliation: Blazing Boxing & Fitness Height: 5'5" (165cm) | Reach: 69.0" (175cm) Career Disclosed Earnings: $0 USD Born: Brownsville, Texas Johnny Tapia, left, in 2007 during one of his comebacks. Teresa Tapia looks at Johnny, her husband of 18 years and the father of her three children, and smiles gently. Investigators said there were no indications of a drug overdose or alcohol use but that the 45-year-old former fighter likely developed medical complications from past illegal drug use. The intoxicant was perhaps the only thing capable of ordering his thoughts. [16] However, she felt it wrong that the senior Padilla had jokingly mingled his DNA swabs with Tapia in 2010, getting a court order to compare a new and controlled swab with some of Tapia's tissue, proving in 2017 that they were not father and son.[15]. Tapia won a dubious decision, becoming a world title holder in three different divisions. Tapia ruled down in round eleven. If I could take that all back I would.. NOTE: Johnny Tapia died one year later, in May 2012, from heart failure. In 1990, he had just won a $1 million commercial for Pepsi when he tested dirty and got kicked out, losing his boxing license, said his wife and manager, Teresa Tapia, in the same 2004 interview. He retained the title with a nine-round technical draw with Ricardo Vargas and a decision in twelve against his onetime nemesis in the amateur ranks, Arthur Johnson. A metropolis where hundreds of young warriors train and battle each day in its many gyms, it is where Archie Moore, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran and Bernard Hopkins all found greatness. He also remembers the misery that attacked the highs and hauled everything down. To make money he sometimes participated in underground fights at a local bar, where apparently the only prohibited weapon was a gun. Five-time WBO world champion who had a record of 59-5-2. Speaking to the press at his gym in the wake of his. He reached 45 before his. Boxing World Boxing Organisation World Super Flyweight Title, World Boxing Organisation World Super Flyweight Title, vacant World Boxing Organisation World Super Flyweight Title, Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas. "I was offered a fight against Johnny Tapia (which took place on June 26 of that year) and I was super-excited considering I was called over six months after the loss," Ayala told BoxingScene. John Lee Anthony Tapia (February 13, 1967 - May 27, 2012) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1988 to 2011. In his first defeat, Tapia lost the bantamweight crown to Paulie Avala in June 1999 in what The Ring magazine called the fight of the year. He narrowly defeated Manuel Medina in 2002 to win the featherweight (126 pounds) title. In 2017 he won the Sam Kellerman Media Award in New York and The Reg Gutteridge Annual Award in London two years later. But they didnt make it. No great fighter ever runs from the darkness that lies ahead of him, states narrator Liev Schrieber. Teofimo Lopez v Pedro Campa | Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images Teofimo Lopez vs. Sandor Martin: How to stream,full fight card. But lacing the incessant promises not to rekindle his affair with his mistress is uncertainty and fear that hell stray again. Both sport dozens of tattoos, having used their skin as parchment on which to inscribe their own dramas. Tapia returned home to prepare for bouts in 2001, when he went up in weight and beat Famosito Gomez by a knockout in six, and former WBC featherweight champion Cesar Soto by knockout in three. John Lee Tapia: sex: male alias: Mi Vida Loca: nationality: USA stance: orthodox: height: 5 6 / 168cm: reach: 65 / 165cm: residence: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: birth place: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA But without prizefighting, life for an impulsive, troubled, and angry young man on the New Mexican streets might have ended much sooner. Contents 1 Personal life 2 Amateur career 3 Professional career 4 Professional record 5 Sparring partners 6 References 7 External links Personal life [ edit] Tapia was born and raised in Passaic, New Jersey to Dominican immigrants from Santo Domingo, DR. He was famous for being a Boxer. Double champion du monde des poids lourds, de 2000 2003 et de 2006 2015, il dtenait les ceintures WBA (Super), WBO (Super), IBF et la . He won eight fights that year, five by knockout, of which four were in the first round. That is to say, he possessed the rare medley of talent, charisma, and recklessness that leaped through the screen to seize the viewer's heart. A family member came home, found him deceased and called us, Officer Robert Gibbs, an Albuquerque, New Mexico, police spokesman, said Monday. His last fight was in June 2011. The widow of former world champion Johnny Tapia has remarried. But despite his early success, his life was anything but ordered, as he escaped the streets only when physically in the ring. I was so angry I thought I was going to stay in prison for life, but I ended up doing 23-hour lockdown [every day] for a whole year so I could get out.. With tragic irony, it was his heartwhich had never once let him down inside the ringthat failed him. Tapia won by unanimous decision (UD). Johnny Tapia. Birth place: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. And when Tapia was 8, his mother was kidnapped, raped and hanged. His life, which ended at just 45, was spent trying not to fall into the abyss. Tapia's dad was murdered while his mom was pregnant with him. He says in the film: I would have stabbed the shit out of him like nobodys business. The two had circled each other for years and when they finally met at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas an extraordinary police presence was required because of the fear that violence would erupt between gang members. [15] After Tapia died in 2012, his widow briefly married his alleged half-brother, Jeffrey Padilla, in 2014. Tapia went to jail, struggled with depression, and attempted suicide. 5:45 PM EDT, Mon May 28, 2012. Cocaine became my mistress. She wrestles with her unconditional adoration for Johnny every single day. In 2010, at age 43, Tapia learned that apparently, his father was alive. Johnny Tapia made his professional debut in March 1988, so he has been a pro for 34 years. John Lee Anthony Tapia was an American professional boxer who competed from 1988 to 2011. Bohol down twice in Round 2. Heavyweight hope Jared Anderson does not want to be famous but realises that is a necessity if hes to realise his dreams for both himself and his brother, Kevin Lerena explains to Thomas Gerbasi how a call from Frank Warren convinced him to pack his bags, Dillian Whyte is coming off the most convincing defeat of his career and tragedy in his personal life. Tapia is 5' 6" (5 Foot and 6 inch) which is 168 cm (1 meter and 68 centimeters). Our attempts to imagine his emotional and psychological pain still leave us on the distant edge of Johnny Tapias reality. It is when she cant see him that she worries. He passed away on May 27, 2012 at the age of 45. His 1999 loss by decision to Paulie Ayala was named the Fight of the Year by The Ring magazine. Tapia was inducted during 2017, posthumously, to the Internation Tapia was inducted during 2017, posthumously, to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Teresa reaches over and squeezes the hands that won four world titles in three divisions super-flyweight, bantamweight, and featherweight. Johnny sees things well, Freddie Roach, Tapias trainer and a member of the World Boxing Hall of Fame, said in an interview with Sports Illustrated in 2002. Discovery Company. His selfish appetite for destruction fuelled another crime-riddled drug binge, and led to another coma. On their wedding night, in 1993, Teresa found the man she had pledged her life to injecting drugs. You tell me. Tapia never ran from his own darkness so much as he perpetually hovered over it. 1967213 () . She is happy to be his side, observing and listening. He knows it will be the end of his marriage if that happens. No longer a top boxer, Tapia returned to the ring several more times before his final fightin June, 2011, when, overweight and sporting the weathered face of someone ten years older, he won by knockout in Albuquerque. Raised thereafter by his grandmother, Tapia turned to boxing at the age of nine.[4]. I dont know how this story is going to end, she said. As the needle sank into his arm and loaded his veins with toxins, Tapia drifted into a coma. The torment threatens to break his voice but he manages to resist. 2023 EHM PRODUCTIONS,INC. WHAT IS TAPIA'S REACH? Bout made at a catchweight of 124 pounds. In 1988, he began is professional career, which was interrupted by bouts outside the ring with substance abuse followed by treatment in rehab centers. Tapia down in round 6, Pastrana down in round 8. He was 45 years old. Johnny Tapia, a prizefighter who won world titles in three weight classes in a chaotic life that included jail, struggles with mental illness, suicide attempts and five times being declared clinically dead as a result of drug overdoses, was found dead at his home in Albuquerque on Sunday. He passed away on May 27, 2012 at the age of 45. He won three more fights by knockout, and then he faced Oscar Aguilar on the Michael CarbajalJosu Camacho undercard in Phoenix for the NABF super flyweight title, winning in three rounds. [17] Tapia died of heart failure. By then, a heated rivalry was cooking up between him and IBF champion Danny Romero. Thats my queen.. [9], Tapia was found unconscious and not breathing in a hotel room early on the morning of March 12, 2007. Theres times when I look at him and I think to myself, I believe were going to grow old together, I believe were going to see our kids and our grandkids and were going to beat the odds. At the end of the film he is at a local radio station, accompanying one of his young fighters to promote an upcoming card. She was 32 years old, and from that unthinkable day, Johnny pledged that he would not live beyond that age. The murderer had died in 1983 after stumbling drunk into the middle of a busy Albuquerque street where he was hit by three cars and dragged to his death. By continuing to browse, cookies will be set on your device. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. A wedding photo showed Teresa Tapia and Jeffrey Padilla joined by Johnny's sons, Johnny Tapia Jr. and Lorenzo Tapia. Four times I was declared dead. You want to talk about stabbing people in jail? Tapia ponders about his mindset at that dark time. I dont miss her, Tapia claims. HOW LONG HAS TAPIA BEEN FIGHTING? Out of it, their influence held sway. Tapia claimed two Golden Gloves awards in addition to professional titles in several weight classes. Jesse Pearson editor et scriptor Americanus est. I killed them both.. Tapia had an outstanding amateur career, winning the 1983 New Mexico State Golden Gloves,[5] the 1983 and 1985 National Golden Gloves tournaments at light flyweight and flyweight, respectively. Search instead in Creative? Boxing, he tells the camera, saved my life., Your email address will not be published. According to his wife, no drugs were found in his system. Benitez first won the 140-pound WBA light-welterweight title from Antonio Cervantes on March 6, 1976, at the age of 17. 45. In boxing, Tapias aggression was rewarded; on the street it brought him to the edge of death. He took the wedding cash and dumped her in a cheap hotel. 2023 Cable News Network. Johnnys bout ended in a draw by majority decision (MD). Later that year, Tapia tried to commit suicide with a drug overdose and required hospitalization. 2. He won 59 fights, 30 by knockout; lost 5; and drew 2. They were united by grief, welded with misery. Blanco lost one point in round nine for low blows. CNN . Tapia's split with the Romero family had not been on good terms. Everybody has their faults, I have them, and I could move on and find somebody else, and you know, they might not have an addiction but how do I know they wont be a womaniser, they wont be an abuser? His life, which ended at just 45, was spent trying not to fall into the abyss. None of it occurred on Teresas watch. Tapia himself never thought he would live past the age of 40. [10], The next day, on the morning of March 13, Tapia's brother-in-law and nephew were killed in an automobile accident on U.S. Highway 550 near Bloomfield, New Mexico, apparently en route to the hospital to visit Tapia. Albuquerque, he says, Im still your champion.. He sniffs twice and swallows the build up of tears that bubble beneath the surface. 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