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in memory of Johnny tapia 1967-2012

InThisCornerTV.com was saddened to learn of the passing of former World Champion Johnny Tapia.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Teresa and the entire Tapia family.

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Added: May-29-2012 Occurred On: May-29-2012
By: Tim Kellam
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Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States (load item map)
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  • Tapia had more than enough chances to get his shit together....the guy was declared dead 4 different times in the hospital on 4 different occasions and just wouldn't stop doing drugs.....he was like mike tyson times 20839483.

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    • @The Grim - what weight class did he fight in?

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    • @stirgy He fought in a few divisions from super flyweight to bantamweight to featherweight but he was a great champ and had the heart of a lion but he just couldn't get off drugs and it ruined his career. Plus he had a horrendous childhood, his dad was murdered before he was born and his mom was raped and killed in front of him when he was just a boy so i'm sure it had lasting effects on him.

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    • @The Grim

      wow. I think I remember his story done on HBO show with Bryant Gumbel. It was about him and another fighter, and their fights against adversity.

      I think of MMA fighter Mark Kerr. He was on top, then started abusing pills and never could get IT back...

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  • R.I.P. to the boxer who just passed. The interviewer was one of the worse I've seen.

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  • I feel bad for the guy's difficult childhood.
    But his continued troubles into adulthood all seem to be self-induced.

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  • I loved watching this guy fight in 1989-1990 when he was working his way up the ladder. His personal history was well documented back then,and it was obvious back then that this guy's life would be like a comet...it would flame strong for a brief period of time, then flame out. I'm surprised he lived this long. But much respect to this man who battled through so much tragedy and made himself a boxing legend!

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