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A Tribute to Johnny Tapia

by on May.29, 2012, under Boxing News

By Katherine Dunn

The late Mr. Tapia, at right, catching an uppercut from Barrera (photo from Cyber Boxing Zone archives)

The late Mr. Tapia, at right, catching an uppercut from Barrera (photo from Cyber Boxing Zone archives)

Editor’s note:  This piece originally ran in Playboy in 2003 and is re-printed in her book of boxing pieces,
One Ring Circus: Dispatches From the World of Boxing.

The desert siege ended after the Mohave County Sheriff’s Deputies backed an armored truck up to the house trailer outside Kingman, Arizona, hooked a tow rope to the door, and yanked it open. It was the summer of 2002 when that trailer was surrounded by cops with drawn guns.

Inside, the five-time world champion, boxer Johnny Tapia was holed up with two of his cousins. The police were after one of the cousins, Raymond “Bones” Whiting, who was wanted on aggravated assault and car-jacking charges. When the woman driver resisted his demands he tried to cut her throat. Johnny Tapia was involved because Bones, already a convicted murderer, came to Tapia’s luxurious Las Vegas home asking for help. Without hesitation, Tapia went on the run with him, ending at this trailer where yet another of their cousins lived. The Sheriffs’ office got a tip that a BMW with Nevada plates was parked in front of the trailer, and surrounded the place. (continue reading…)

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Johnny Tapia to Take on Mauricio Pastrana this Saturday on GFL

by on Jun.03, 2011, under Boxing News, Press Releases

Two Former World Champions to Do Battle this Saturday in Albuquerque

NEW YORK / ALBUQUERQUE , JUNE 2, 2011 — This Saturday night two former world champions will do battle in what promises to be an action packed fight as former five-time world champion, Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia takes on former Flyweight world champion Mauricio Pastrana that will originate from Hard Rock in Albuquerque.

That bout plus a full undercard can be seen LIVE all over the world on  for just $9.99 at 9pm Eastern Time. For ordering information, click:

Tapia, who has been one of boxing’s most talked about fighters for the past twenty years (for a myriad reasons) is winding down and wants to thrill his hometown fans in New Mexico one more time before he calls it a day. (continue reading…)

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