Tag: danny romero

31 May

johnny tapia: requiem for a hometown champion

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“Albuquerque, I’m still your hometown champion . . . .”

Those were the words Johnny Tapia never failed to yell into the camera, in between the rounds of his countless TV fights.

That and “I love you, Grandma, Grampa.”

Those two sentences said more about the man than his 162 amateur bouts (150-12), two National Golden Gloves titles, 66 pro fights (59-5-2, 30 KOs), 473 rounds, innumerable minor belts and no less than five bonafide world championships during a career dating back to 1981 . . . |more|

07 Apr

two-book deal inked with mcfarland

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Writer/photographer Chris Cozzone has inked a two-volume book deal with McFarland Press on the history of boxing in New Mexico. In between covering the big fights and local fight scenes in both New Mexico and Las Vegas, Cozzone has spent the last six years in heavy research. He inherited the project in 2005 from the late Jim Boggio, who will share the byline. Boggio began his research in the ’80s, logging in over 400 fight cards throughout N.M. history. Cozzone has brought brought that number to 2,300.

Volume I of the two-book set will cover 1868 to World War II and Volume II, from the ’40s to modern era. Featured fighters in the book include Johnny Tapia, Danny Romero, Bob Foster, Benny Chavez, Eddie Mack, Benny Cordova, Abie Chavez, Larry Cisneros, Art Aragon, Emilio Martinez, Julio Chiaramonte (pictured) and dozens more. Hall-of-Fame matchmaker Bruce Trampler will write the foreword.  Cozzone expects Volume I’s completion later this year and to hit the sands in 2012. Stay tuned.

 

 

09 Feb

new mexico boxing history gets longer

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Newly-crowned WBA 154-pound champ Austin Trout is making Chris Cozzone’s life harder. Cozzone, hard at work on a book on the history of boxing in New Mexico, will now have to elongate the massive project for Trout recently became the fourth New Mexican (male) to win a world title – the first three being Bobby Foster, Johnny Tapia and Danny Romero. Stay tuned for more information on the project.