On This Day In Boxing History!
2012: Johnny "Mi Vida Loca" Tapia Passes!
Birth Name: John Lee Tapia
Born: February 13th, 1967
Birth Place: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Residence: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Amateur Record: 101-21, 65Ko’s
1983: National Golden Gloves Light Flyweight Champion
1984: United States Olympic Western Trials Light Flyweight Finalist.
1985: National Golden Gloves Flyweight Champion.
Pro-Debut: March 28th, 1988
Alias: "Mi Vida Loca"
Division: Super Flyweight
Died: Age 45, May 27th, 2012
WBO Super Flyweight Champion
1994 Oct 12 – 1998 Dec 5
IBF Super Flyweight Champion
1997 Jul 8 – 1998 Dec 5
WBA Bantamweight Champion
1998 Dec 5 – 1999
WBO Bantamweight Champion
2000 Jan 8 – 2000 Sep
IBF Featherweight Champion
2002 Apr 27 – 2002 Sep 30
Inducted International Boxing Hall of Fame: 2017
*Jerry Padilla, Tapia's father, vanished before he was born. Tapia thought he was dead, but he turned up in 2010 after being released from a federal penitentiary. DNA tests confirmed his paternity.
*Virginia Tapia, Johnny's mother, was murdered when he was eight years old.
*Tapia's uncles made him fight older boys in matches. They would bet on him to win and beat him if he lost.
*Tapia was raised by his maternal grandparents.
*Miguel Tapia, Johnny's grandfather, was an amateur boxing champion and taught him how to box.
*Tapia struggled with drugs and alcohol for many years. He was declared clinically dead five times as a result of drug overdoses.
*Tapia attempted suicide several times.
*Johnny and Teresa Tapia were married in 1994. They had three children.
*HBO aired a documentary about his life and career, simply called Tapia, in 2013. It included interviews with Johnny and Teresa and rare footage of his rise to stardom.
*On May 27, 2013, Tapia was found dead inside his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The autopsy report stated that Tapia's death was the result of heart problems and the onset of Hepatitis C, likely from the many tattoos he had. Teresa Tapia shared the autopsy report with reporters at a press conference on August 21, 2013, and said she was doing it to dispel the myth that her husband died after using illegal drugs. "This shows that he did not die of a drug overdose," she said. "It doesn't make the pain go away, but I felt I needed to say that." Investigators found one Hydrocodone tablet, a painkiller, on the floor beside his body. They said there were no indications of an overdose or alcohol use, but that the 45-year-old former fighter likely developed medical complications from past illegal drug use. Teresa Tapia said her husband was taking medication for his bipolar disorder and for his high blood pressure.
*At the beginning of his 2006 autobiography, Mi Vida Loca: The Crazy Life of Johnny Tapia, Tapia wrote: "My name is Johnny Lee Tapia. I was born on Friday the 13th. A Friday in February of 1967. To this day I don't know if that makes me lucky or unlucky. When I was eight I saw my mother murdered. I never knew my father. He was murdered before I was born. I was raised as a pit bull. Raised to fight to the death. Four times I was declared dead. Four times they wanted to pull life support. And many more times I came close to dying. But I have lived and had it all. I have been wealthy and lost it all. I have been famous and infamous. Five times I was world champion. You tell me. Am I lucky or unlucky?"
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1929: Andre Routis KO3 Buster Brown
1931: Jimmy McLarnin W10 Billy Petrolle
1951: John Conteh born.
1956: Cornelius Boza Edwards born.
1960: Benny Paret W15 Don Jordan
1978: Carlos Palomino W15 Armando Muniz
1983: Marvin Hagler KO4 Wilford Scypion
1984: Eusebio Pedroza W15 Angel Levy Mayor
1989: Virgil Hill KO7 Joe Lasisi
1994: Roy Jones Jr. KO2 Thomas Tate
Rafael Ruelas KO3 Mike Evgen
Oscar De La Hoya KO3 Giorgio Campanella
1995: Henry Maske W12 Graciano Rocchigiani
Frankie Liles KO6 Frederic Seillier
Jorge Castro KO12 Anthony Andrews
Eloy Rojas W12 Kyun-Yung Park
Daorung MP Petroleum D12 Lakhin CP Gym
2004: Mahyar Monshipour KO8 Salim Medjkkoune
2006: Jhonny Gonzalez WSD12 Fernando Montiel
Serhiy Dzinziruk W12 Sebastian Andres Lujan
Daniel Ponce De Leon KO2 Gerson Guerrero
Terri Blair TKO9 Sumya Anani
2009: Anthony Mundine WSD12 Daniel Geale
2011: Christina Hammer W10Maria Lindberg
2013: Johnny Tapia Passes!
2017: Errol Spence Jr KO11 Kell Brook
George Groves TKO6 Fedor Chudinov
Hanna Gabriels W10 Natasha Spence
Jose Argumedo TKO8 Gabriel Mendoza
Kenia Enriquez TKO3 Maria Salinas