Boxing champ Johnny Tapia dies at age 45
May 29 , 2012
Five-time world boxing champion Johnny Tapia has been found dead at his Albuquerque, New Mexico home at the age of 45.
Tapia was as renowned for his cocaine use and traumatic childhood as he was for his boxing talent.
He was found dead late Sunday night. The cause of death is not yet known.
Tapia rose to prominence in the late 1980s and won five world boxing championships in three weight classes: super flyweight, bantamweight, and featherweight.
His final professional boxing record was 59 wins, five losses, and two draws. Thirty of his wins were knockouts.
Tapia was born and raised in Albuquerque. His father was murdered when his mother was pregnant with him and his mother was brutally murdered when he was eight years old.