Glen Tapia Eager To Prove His Worth With James Kirkland

By Rick Reeno

As reported on Thursday afternoon, a deal is close to match undefeated junior middleweight contender Glen Tapia (20-0, 12 KOs) against dangerous James Kirkland (31-1, 27 KOs) on December 7th at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Tapia-Kirkland would be part of the HBO televised card which features WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux in the main event against Joseph Agbeko.

Kirkland, who went through a variety of legal problems in the last few years, has been inactive since a controversial disqualification win over Carlos Molina in March 2012. Tapia had a very impressive win on July 12th with an ESPN televised TKO over previously unbeaten Abie Han (19-1, 12 KOs), and then returned on September 28th to score a fifth round TKO over Elco Garcia (27-9, 13 KOs).

Tapia loves a good fight and seems eager to trade punches with Kirkland.

"I love the way he fights. He goes in there to knock your head off, a little bit like me. It will be the perfect fight. He's the perfect guy for me," Tapia told "He's smart. He's not stupid. He doesn't just go in there and throws punches, he's smart. He has a strong punch. It could be [the fight to send me to the top at 154], if I show everybody that I'm here and that's what I'm here to do. I want to show everybody that I'm a little more than just an average boxer."

The high contact style of Tapia has many of the New Jersey fans comparing the up and coming fighter to the late Arturo Gatti. Tapia is managed by Pat Lynch, who also guided the career of Gatti. The comparisons by his hometown fans is not something that adds more pressure on the shoulders of Tapia.

"There is no [additional pressure on me] at all. I feel honored to be in the same category as him, but other than that I feel no pressure at all. I'm ready for what's coming," Tapia said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sicko on 10-11-2013

Great test for Tapia and a tough fight for Kirkland after a pretty long Layoff he better be in shape and ready to go and take advantage of the opportunity

Comment by AddiX on 10-11-2013

Im kind of surprised HBO or any promoter would bother with him anymore. This guy is just built stupid. Anne Wolfe revives his career after he gets out of prison and loses a gimme fight. GBP sets him up with…

Comment by dan_cov on 10-11-2013

Doesn't matter who is in Kirklands corner, Tapia by K.O/TKO

Comment by anonymous2.0 on 10-11-2013

Kirkland better take it slow the first few rounds, I can see him trying to go out in the first round and make a statement only to be caught hard and Kirkland doesn't have the best of chins.

Comment by The Big Dunn on 10-11-2013

[QUOTE=$Natedatpkid$;13829320]WAR KIRKLAND! Glad to him back! Anybody know if Anne Wolfe is still in his corner? If she is this guy is toast [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from App for Android[/I][/SIZE][/QUOTE] I think ann is out. Holla at big dunn if you…

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