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Boxing Legend Johnny Tapia Found Dead at Only 45 Years Old, Fight Community Mourns

Jorge Hernandez
28 May 2012
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The world has lost a good one as five-time world boxing champion Johnny Tapia was found unresponsive in their bedroom yesterday by wife Theresa Tapia.

Authorities say there was no reason to believe foul play was involved in the death of Tapia but will not release information until a full investigation is conducted.

Tapia first came into national prominence when he defeated Henry Martinez for the WBO Super Flyweight title at The Pit in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The historic champion fought an epic battle with fellow Albuquerquean Danny Romero in July of 1997 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada that attracted over 11,000 spectators.

In 1999, The Ring Magazine, awarded his first fight with former foe Paulie Ayala "Fight of the Year". He also held the IBF Super Flyweight, IBF featherweight, WBO Bantamweight and WBA Bantamweight Title.

He will mostly be remembered for his vibrant personality, his love for his grandparents and his city of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Rest In Peace champ. The world will forever miss you.

Below is the last interview that Tapia gave with US Combat Sports Reporter Jorge Hernandez.

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