Tag: johnny tapia

01 Jun

local fight coverage: albuquerque 5.31.13

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Biologist Thomas Huxley once wrote, “Misery is a match that never goes out.”

Huxley was, of course, referring to the sort of match that lights a candle or a powder keg, and definitely not a boxing match, but, lacking any sort of potential pop and with bouts unending, uneventful, last night’s local smoker at Crowne Plaza in Albuquerque just plain bombed.

That’s bombed, as in tanked, and not in any sense of a word related to a display of fireworks . . . More

26 Mar

cozzone picks up bwaa writing & photo honors


The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) has announced the winners of its annual Bernies (formerly “Barneys”) contest, which each year recognizes the best writing about boxing by BWAA members. The strong field of prize-winning works appeared during 2012 in a wide range of print and online outlets and shows that boxing journalism is as vital as ever.

Tying for second in the column category was Chris Cozzone’s “Requiem for a Hometown Champion,” published in Fightnews.com and NewMexicoBoxing.com on June 1, 2012. The column praises the life and career of Johnny Tapia, who passed away last year on May 27.

Cozzone also received an honorable mention for his photography in the feature category. It is the second year that Cozzone has placed in, both, writing and photography. He remains the only journalist to do so since the BWAA started their awards in 1972.

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|

30 Sep

sin city to fat city

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Roman Gonzalez, pictured above with former champ, fellow countryman Ricardo Mayorga was one of the fighters who made weight at today’s event in Las Vegas. Gonzalez will be defending his WBA 108-pound belt against Omar Soto . . . that is, if Soto can find away to shed four pounds without sawing off his leg. Main eventers Toshiaki Noshiaki and Rafael Marquez also made weight, 122 and 121, respectively, though three of the undercard fighters came in porky. For more photos, check out the slideshow . . . |more|

29 Sep

nishioka-marquez presser

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With little ill will and drama between main eventers Rafael Marquez and Toshiaki Nishioka, today’s presser at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas might’ve been called the Johnny Tapia and Ricardo Mayorga show. Quote of the day? While sitting down with “Mi Vida Loca,” Tapia looked over at Mayorga, laughed, and said, “He’s a loon.” At the podium, Top Rank host Todd DuBoef solidified Tapia’s show-stealer by recounting a story in which Tapia pulled out of a press conference in Albuquerque on short notice, but offered to pay DuBoef $100. For more shots of today’s presser . . . |more|

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.

12 May

tapia, archuleta in ‘final chapter’

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5.11.10, Albuquerque, N.M.:  One fighter may be coming off a cream-puff win over a former sparring partner; the other, a narrow escape and win over an opponent with an overwhelmingly crappy record. In this rematch, none of that matters. Sure, both, five-time world champ Johnny Tapia and former contender Frankie Archuleta, have seen better days. But when they get in the ring, June 12 at the Ohkay Casino in Espanola, N.M. – home to lowriders, bad drivers, heroin overdoses and the best damn tacos on the planet – a boring, uneventful fight is an impossibility.

The two have met before. In 2003, fighting in front of his hometown of Las Vegas (N.M.), Archuleta scored one of the decade’s biggest upsets (for N.M., anyway) when he decisioned Tapia. One year later, the two rematched, in front of one of the biggest crowds to see a fight in N.M. This time, Tapia took home the win.

The third time? Flip a coin. In one corner, you’ll have 43-year-old Tapia, fresh off an easy win over Jorge Reyes, and a hard-fought win over the New Mexico Dept. of Corrections, under whose roof the parole violating-pug was a guest for over half a year. In the other corner will be Archuleta, who was able to springboard into top ten contention with his ’03 win over Tapia.

This time around, a win over the other will do little for their current rankings – but what it will do, is give local boxing fans a fight to remember. “We will both leave the ring with a black eye and a pay check,” says Tapia.