posted on May, 24 2003 @ 01:24 AM
Albuquerque Journal - May 22, 2003
Return Bout May Come in August BOXING
After mulling it over for months, Johnny Tapia has decided to box again -- but only a few more times.
Tapia (52-3-2), a five-time world champion, has not fought since Nov. 1, when he lost a unanimous decision to Marco Antonio Barrera at the MGM Grand
in Las Vegas, Nev.
Tapia, who has long battled a drug problem, was hospitalized and was on life support in January for what is believed to be an overdose.
Since then, Tapia has said he was uncertain if he would fight again.
''this something he's been thinking about,'' said Teresa Tapia, Johnny's wife who also serves as manager. ''He's decided he wants to go ahead and
fight. He has a plan in his mind where he'll have a few fights and then retire.''
Arrangements are not set for Tapia's return to the ring, but he has negotiated with Showtime for a pay-per-view package that probably would include
his last fights. The first one would be scheduled for late summer, maybe in August, Teresa said.
''It would be a 12-round, non-title fight,'' Teresa explained. ''He might fight for another title later.''
The site for Tapia's return to the ring has not been set, but during a recent visit to Albuquerque he said that he wanted to fight in his hometown, if
he fought again.
Tapia has been fighting at 126 pounds but has topped 150 pounds during his time off. The weight class for his return has not been decided.
Teresa confirmed that Freddie Roach would be Tapia's trainer. Roach has worked with Tapia several times, but so have several other trainers.
TAPIA: Has not fought since Nov. 1