Boxing lost one of its true warriors on Sunday as 5-time world champion Johnny Tapia was found dead in his home.
Tapia had as rough an upbringing as anyone. He was just 8 years old when he awoke in the middle of the night to hear his mother screaming after she’d been repeatedly stabbed, raped, and left for dead. Shortly after, at age nine, Tapia turned to the sport of boxing.
He battled demons outside the ring throughout his career, but always managed to give 100 percent in each of his bouts. He fought with as much heart as anyone.
I was fortunate to communicate with Tapia several years ago and he was as kind as real as they come. He will certainly be missed.
“If it wasn’t for boxing, I don’t know if I’d be alive today. I have demons I fight every day, and I mean every day. But when I have a fight, I throw all my focus and determination into that. I’m lucky to have this career, and do something I’ve always loved to do.” – Johnny Tapia