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johnny tapia: requiem for a hometown champion

“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 [...]

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r.i.p. johnny tapia

New Mexico’s greatest hometown fighter has passed away. Former five-time world champion Johnny Tapia was found dead in his home today.

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