Five-time champion apparently overdoses

Five-time champion apparently overdoses

Five-time champion apparently overdoses Associated Press
   

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Five-time world champion Johnny Tapia remained hospitalized Tuesday after an apparent cocaine overdose, the latest episode outside the ring in the Albuquerque fighter's turbulent life.

The 40-year-old Tapia was in critical condition at Presbyterian Hospital, said Elizabeth Schomburg, communications specialist for Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

Tapia was taken to the hospital on Monday after paramedics responded to an early morning call about a person who wasn't breathing at a hotel room, said officer Trish Hoffman of the Albuquerque Police Department.

"It appears to an overdose," Hoffman said. "He will be charged with possession of a controlled substance."

Police discovered a plastic bag containing a white substance, which Hoffman said was confirmed by tests as cocaine.

"This is a difficult time for the family. They greatly appreciate the many prayers and heartfelt wishes from the public. They ask that their privacy be respected at this time so that they can focus on Mr. Tapia's return to health," said Todd Sandman, the hospital's director of public relations.

Tapia's latest episode with drugs comes more than two weeks after he won a majority decision over Evaristo Primero of El Paso, Texas. That fight was billed as Tapia's farewell performance from the ring. He has a 56-5-2 record.

In pre-fight remarks, Tapia said his hard-living days were behind him and described how his three children had firmly grounded his life. But in the same interview, Tapia's old personality resurfaced.

"Every day, I'm doing good. But if I want to go drink right now, I can," he said. "Nobody tells me what I can do or what I want to do. I'm trying to do for my family and myself, but if I want to go party, I'll party."

Tapia was banned from boxing for 3 1/2 years in the early 1990s because of his cocaine addiction. He spent six months in rehabilitation in 2003 after a collapse at home and later that year police said he overdosed on prescription pills.

It's has been a hard life outside the ring for Tapia, who was orphaned at 8, his mother stabbed 26 times with a screwdriver. He never knew his father and has battled cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and numerous run-ins with the law.

In his book "Mi Vida Loca," Tapia said he's been declared clinically dead six times.

Inside the ring, Tapia won five titles in three weight classes, celebrated victories with a backflip and was beloved by New Mexico boxing fans. Tapia won the WBA bantamweight title, the IBF and WBO junior bantamweight titles and the IBF featherweight belt.


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Tapia released from hospital

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -Five-time world champion boxer Johnny Tapia was released from the hospital after a three-day stay that began with an apparent cocaine overdose.

Tapia was upgraded from serious to fair condition Wednesday at Presbyterian Hospital and released later in the day.

It has been a tragic week for the Tapia family. After Tapia was hospitalized, two relatives on their way to visit the ailing boxer were killed in a car crash.

State police said Tapia's brother-in-law, 39-year-old Robert Gutierrez, was killed along with his nephew, 23-year-old Ben Garcia, before dawn Tuesday when their car went off a highway south of Bloomfield and rolled, ejecting both men.

State police were investigating whether alcohol was a factor. Investigators found empty bottles and partially consumed bottles at the scene.

Teresa Tapia was worried about telling her husband about the crash.

``We're just trying to get him strong enough ... so we can let him know about this other tragedy,'' she said.

Johnny Tapia, who turned 40 last month, was taken Monday to the hospital after paramedics responded to an early morning call about someone who wasn't breathing at a hotel room.

Albuquerque police said it appeared to be an overdose and Tapia would be charged with possession of a controlled substance. Police had discovered a plastic bag containing cocaine.

Tapia has a history of cocaine use and run-ins with the law.

The latest episode came some two weeks after he won a majority decision over Evaristo Primero of El Paso, Texas. Tapia, whose record is 56-5-2, billed that fight as his farewell to the ring.

Tapia won five titles in three weight classes, including the WBA bantamweight title, the IBF and WBO junior bantamweight titles and the IBF featherweight belt.

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It has been a tragic week for the Tapia family. After Tapia was hospitalized, two relatives on their way to visit the ailing boxer were killed in a car crash.

State police said Tapia's brother-in-law, 39-year-old Robert Gutierrez, was killed along with his nephew, 23-year-old Ben Garcia, before dawn Tuesday when their car went off a highway south of Bloomfield and rolled, ejecting both men.

State police were investigating whether alcohol was a factor. Investigators found empty bottles and partially consumed bottles at the scene.

Does this guy have a black cloud following him or what.  :-[

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