Advertisement
Advertisement

Glen Tapia Aims To Show What McGirt Taught in Camp

By Keith Idec
 
Glen Tapia is eager to show what he has learned in a recently completed camp with new trainer Buddy McGirt.

He’ll get that opportunity Friday night, when the unbeaten junior middleweight prospect from Passaic, N.J., fights Marcus Thompkins (5-4-1, 2 KOs, 1 NC), of Michigan City, Ind., in a six-round bout on the Mike Lee-Jacob Stiers undercard in South Bend, Ind.

McGirt mostly has concentrated on enhancing Tapia’s jab in recent weeks, a weapon the rugged young boxer hasn’t utilized enough since he turned pro in December 2008.

“I’m improving so much with the jab and everything,” Tapia, 21, said. “That’s what I feel like I needed, that weapon, that jab.

“I haven’t had that distance with the jab and I’ve just been working on it so much. Now it comes naturally to me. I always had [a good jab]. I just never threw it that much. Putting everything else together with [the jab], I feel like I can knock everybody out.”

The only thing that disappointed Tapia (10-0, 5 KOs) about his last performance was that he didn’t stop Taronze Washington. Tapia dominated Washington (14-16, 7 KOs, 2 NC) in their six-round fight June 25 in Philadelphia, but the stubborn journeyman from Dallas never went down.

Tapia won every round of the fight, which was televised by FOX Deportes, on all three scorecards (60-54). This former Manny Pacquiao sparring partner still wants to atone Friday night for the Washington fight going the distance.

“I’m going to go for the knockout,” said Tapia, whose last three fights have gone the distance. “I try to entertain the crowd, so usually [a knockout] comes. But I’m definitely going to knock this guy out. I feel it, 100 percent, that I’m going to get a knockout.”

Thompkins, 26, has lost four straight fights, but only one by knockout.

The Tapia-Thompkins fight will be part of Top Rank’s live stream of the card Friday night, beginning at 9 p.m. EDT at toprank.tv.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, NJ., and BoxingScene.com.

Tags: Glen Tapia image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by vicmatic1 on 09-16-2011

i like tapia being that hes from where im from and looks tough and rugged..but damn buddy? i dunno

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Amir Khan: I'll Fight Conor McGregor To Prove I'm a Real Man! Roach: If He's 100%, Pacquiao Would Destroy Floyd Mayweather! Joseph Diaz vs. Josh Warrington Clash Eyed By Golden Boy Dusty Harrison vs. Thomas 'Cornflake' Lamanna on Sept. 16 Lee Selby Will Have a Ringside Eye on Santa Cruz vs. Frampton Pacquiao Says Comeback is NOT About Money, But Passion Khan on Canelo: He Weighed 187 With Me - Fight Golovkin! Marlon Tapales To Receive Hero's Welcome For Title Win Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton: Ring the Damn Bell Amir Khan Aims For Danny Garcia Mandatory Shot in January Miguel Cotto Officially Passes on Marquez Over Weight Dispute Mikey Garcia: You're Going To See a Better Version of Me! Joseph Diaz: Liam Smith is a Very Tough Fight For Canelo Photos: Adonis Stevenson, Thomas Williams Size Up at Presser Carl Frampton: Everyone Expects Me To Lose, I'll Get The Upset! Dorticos To Shumenov: You Paper Champ, Stop Running Chicken Photos: Margarito, Alvarez Go Face To Face at Presser Video: Leo Santa Cruz Ready For War With Carl Frampton Amir Khan: Arum is Bitter, He's Scared To Do The Pacquiao Fight! Photos: Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz, Malignaggi, Garcia Workouts Photo: Kell Brook Embraces VADA Testing For Golovkin Shot Amnat Ruenroeng Vows To Get Olympic Gold For His Family Photos: Andre Ward Cheers on Kevin Durant, Team USA Czar Glazkov Still Recovering, Return is Possible in November Video: Golovkin's Coach on Terence Crawford, Kell Brook, More Leo Santa Cruz: If Dad Didn't Get Better, I May Have Pulled Out Lucas Browne Enters WBC's VADA Drug Testing Program Frankie Gavin vs. Sam Eggington Looms For October Clash Luke Campbell Focused, Aims To Do a Job on Argenis Mendez Otto Wallin Faces Osborne Machimana on September 10th Liam Walsh to meet Andrey Klimov in IBF final eliminator Leo Santa Cruz Fearful Frampton Won’t Come To Fight Saturday Loeffler on GGG-Brook: The Best at 147 Facing The Best at 160 Bradley Warns: Crawford Can Win, But Pacquiao is NO Postol HBO Sports Head: We Want To Match The Best Fights Possible Olympic Boxers, Now Without Headgear, Worry About Cuts Dimitrenko Confident of Beating Parker, Derailing Joshua Fight Marlon Tapales Shocks Pungluang Sor Singyu, Wins WBO Belt Paul Smith Set For September Return, Won't Be on Liverpool Bill Abel Sanchez: Manny Pacquiao Should Fight Keith Thurman
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement