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« on: May 27, 2012, 10:16:52 PM »

5x World Champion dead.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) 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 home. He was 45.

Authorities were called to the house at about 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, spokesman Robert Gibbs said. The death didn't appear to be suspicious, he said.

Tapia won five championships in three weight classes, winning the WBA bantamweight title, the IBF and WBO junior bantamweight titles and the IBF featherweight belt.

He was regarded as the consummate underdog by his fans. The more trouble he found outside the ring including several stints in jail the more they rallied around him.

In a 1990s-era feud with fellow Albuquerque boxer and former world champion Danny Romero, Tapia's fans anointed him with the slang Spanish title of "Burque's Best."

But his life was also marked by tragedy. He was orphaned at 8, his mother stabbed 26 times with a screwdriver and left to die.

In 2007, he was hospitalized after an apparent cocaine overdose. Several days later, his brother-in-law and his nephew were killed in car accident on their way to Albuquerque to see the ailing boxer.

Tapia was banned from boxing for 3 1/2 years in the early '90s because of his cocaine addiction. But he knocked out Henry Martinez to win the WBO bantamweight title in 1994, and won four more championships over the next eight years.

He last fought in June, outpointing Mauricio Pastrana in an eight-round decision. He finished with a 59-5-2 record.

Gibbs said an autopsy will be performed in the next few days


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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2012, 10:25:23 PM »

Almost 70 professional fights takes a toll.


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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2012, 10:37:06 PM »

I thought the year Lee Priest got the face tattoo would be his last on earth. The little bastard is hanging in a lot longer than my bookie gave me odds on. However, it can't possibly be much longer. Its impossible.
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2012, 02:27:11 AM »

RIP
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2012, 02:38:34 AM »

pose in peace
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2012, 08:22:20 AM »

He was a mess PIP.

''My name is Johnny Lee Tapia. I was born on Friday the 13th. A Friday in February of 1967. To this day I don't know if that makes me lucky or unlucky. When I was eight I saw my mother murdered. I never knew my father. He was murdered before I was born. I was raised as a pit bull. Raised to fight to the death''.

. His mother was raped, stabbed repeatedly with a screwdriver and chained to the back of a truck. When he tried to tell family members what he saw, no one believed the 8-year-old until it was too late.

He nearly didn't make it through the second day of his marriage. On his wedding night, his cousins approached his new bride, Teresa, and said to her, "Why don't you go back there and see what you married."
Teresa Tapia walked into a bedroom in her new mother-in-law's home and saw her husband of a few hours shooting himself in the arm with a needle,His heart stopped and he was declared dead in her car.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/boxing--death-finally-catches-up-to-the-elusive-former-world-champ-johnny-tapia-20120528.html
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq_5ySy8dxI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq_5ySy8dxI</a>
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2012, 10:19:32 AM »



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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2012, 10:22:36 AM »

thats not big kubby
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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2012, 10:24:50 AM »



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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2012, 11:21:26 AM »

RIP Johnny Fish cousino of el Joney Falconey
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« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2012, 11:39:20 AM »

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« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2012, 11:41:02 AM »

pose in peace.  sounded like a tortured soul.
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« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2012, 06:11:45 PM »

Johnny was a sensational fighter.....May God rest his soul.
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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2012, 06:15:31 PM »

Johnny was a sensational fighter.....May God rest his soul.

First Johnny Tapia died and now Paul Williams is paralized for the rest of his life.
This Memorial Day Weekend was a tragic one for the Boxing World!
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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2012, 07:25:49 PM »

First Johnny Tapia died and now Paul Williams is paralized for the rest of his life.
This Memorial Day Weekend was a tragic one for the Boxing World!
I noticed that also.
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« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2014, 01:45:10 PM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBUDp0_DWv4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBUDp0_DWv4</a>
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« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2014, 07:40:01 PM »

Decent documentary.  Could have been longer actually, but was well done for the most part. 

Rip Johnny
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« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2014, 10:01:38 PM »

Why did Lee Priest get a face tatoo? Seems like something that a social misfit would do.  Lips sealed
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« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2014, 01:48:32 AM »

they have a thing on his life on showtime or hbo this week,dude seemed like a decent guy ,he just had a hard start in life.atleast hes with his mom now in a better place
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« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2014, 07:14:13 AM »

they have a thing on his life on showtime or hbo this week,dude seemed like a decent guy ,he just had a hard start in life.atleast hes with his mom now in a better place
Saw that........very sad......hard life,great boxer!
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« Reply #20 on: December 23, 2014, 08:09:26 AM »

Drug addict...Numerous arrests....These are the people you admire?
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« Reply #21 on: December 23, 2014, 08:25:33 AM »

they have a thing on his life on showtime or hbo this week,dude seemed like a decent guy ,he just had a hard start in life.atleast hes with his mom now in a better place

Its hbo and its the youtube video i posted yesterday

I remember him in his later years but after seeing him in his younger boxing days man, that shit brings back memories of what boxing was all about , I been watching to many shitty mayweather fights
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« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2014, 09:11:42 AM »

Drug addict...Numerous arrests....These are the people you admire?
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« Reply #23 on: December 23, 2014, 09:43:44 AM »

Its hbo and its the youtube video i posted yesterday

I remember him in his later years but after seeing him in his younger boxing days man, that shit brings back memories of what boxing was all about , I been watching to many shitty mayweather fights
I hear that.........Tapia was in some outright fucking wars!!
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