Advertisement
Advertisement

Glen Tapia: I'm a Warrior, Always Wanted a War Like That

By Keith Idec

As difficult as it got at times, Glen Tapia thoroughly enjoyed his bloody battle against Abie Han.

The rugged junior middleweight from Passaic, N.J., stopped the previously unbeaten Han after eight rough rounds in Las Vegas on Friday night to win the NABO 154-pound title and earn a top-10 spot in the WBO’s junior middleweight rankings. While making the important jump from prospect to contender, the undefeated Tapia (19-0, 11 KOs) also achieved one of his goals as a professional fighter.

“I always wanted to be in a war,” Tapia said Saturday. “Watching Arturo Gatti fights, I would think, ‘Wow! I want to do that. I want to fight somebody that fights like me, that has a perfect style for me to go to war with.’ I didn’t think it was going to come in this fight, but surprisingly it did. I just showed what I knew I had inside of me, that I won’t quit and that I’m a warrior. This is what I’m made for. I love fighting like that. But I’m smart, too, so I’m going to show more than that.”

The 23-year-old Tapia performed well during a fight that represented a significant step up in class for both boxers, yet he knows he must improve if he is to become a world champion. That’s why he is somewhat dissatisfied with his victory over the 28-year-old Han (19-1, 12 KOs), despite its positive impact on his career and that it was a very fan-friendly fight that resulted in captivating television on ESPN2.

“I’m happy because the fans loved it,” said Tapia, who is co-managed by Pat Lynch, the late, legendary Gatti’s manager throughout his career. “But I’m kind of mad at myself because I know I can do more and I can show more.”

Tapia tired after hurting Han in the first round and aggressively pursuing a quick knockout. A resilient Han won the second round and later hurt Tapia with a left hook to the body with about 10 seconds left in the fifth round.

Undeterred, Tapia responded by winning the sixth round and seventh round, when he scored the only knockdown of the entertaining brawl with a right hand to the side of Han’s head that knocked the El Paso, Texas, native through the two middle ropes. That counted as a knockdown because the ropes prevented Han from hitting the canvas.

Tapia’s most punishing punch of the fight landed directly on the nasty gash on the left side of Han’s head, opened during an accidental clash of heads in the fourth round. Han, who also sustained cuts over his left eye and on his right ear, fought with blood all across his head and face throughout the second half of the brutal bout.

Following the eighth round, when Han was way behind on all three scorecards, his trainer, Louie Burke, determined he had absorbed too much punishment and told referee Jay Nady to stop the fight.

“He was real tough,” said Tapia, who didn’t suffer any cuts or injuries during the memorable brawl. “Most of the other guys I’ve fought, if I would’ve hit them with those punches they would’ve fallen and it would’ve been done. Fighting somebody that’s just going to keep coming, even though you’re hitting him, hitting him and hitting him, it was a good experience.”

Tapia probably will attempt to build on that experience Sept. 28 in Atlantic City. Top Rank Inc., Tapia’s promoter, has tentatively scheduled Tapia to headline a card that night at Bally’s Events Center against an opponent to be determined.

Top Rank’s plan with Lynch and fellow co-manager Sal Alessi is to build the humble, likeable Tapia into an attraction in Atlantic City, where Gatti was a consistent gate attraction for nearly a decade. Tapia’s plan is to analyze footage of his win against Han and get back in the gym to work on correcting the mistakes he made in the fight.

“I feel like I showed them that I’m more than just a prospect, that I’m a contender,” Tapia said. “That was my goal. Now it’s time to show them that I’m more than a contender, that I’m a great champion. That’s my next goal.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

Tags: Glen Tapia image   Abie Han image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Doctor_Tenma on 07-16-2013

[QUOTE=SweetScience;13558725]Even Willie Nelson would beat him Soon destroyed....[/QUOTE] Willie Nelson doesn't have a chin. For those bringing up Rosado, Rosado is overrated to the core and the man still struggled with Love who is decent at best.

Comment by PittyPat on 07-16-2013

[QUOTE=MASONSC;13559255]No[/quote] Thanks. That'd been bugging me for a while, considering the amount of times his name comes up on the BS news page.

Comment by Slyboots on 07-15-2013

[QUOTE=MASONSC;13559255]No He's from my hometown, the furthest thing from a Jersey Shore type. That show doesn't represent NJ bro, and the Jersey Shore is about 100 miles away from Passaic. Night and day trust me.[/QUOTE] Fair enough but his personality…

Comment by dan_cov on 07-15-2013

Good prospect in my book. Keep in mind hes still only 23.

Comment by 285Kid on 07-15-2013

Put him in the Cotto undercard

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (23)
Top Headlines Hunter: If I Had Khan at 9, We Wouldn't Be Talking Mayweather Video: Chisora vs. Pulev Heated Confrontation at Presser Video: Amir Khan on Floyd Mayweather's Comeback, Canelo Photos: Tony Bellew vs. Ilunga Makabu Press Conference Photos: Chisora, Pulev Erupts With Near Brawl at Presser IBF Formally Orders Wake vs. Guzman 122-Pound Title Fight Barroso's Promoter: I'm Supremely Confident Crolla Will Be KO'd DeGale Wants Jack Fight in U.K., But Open to Las Vegas Shannon Briggs To Face Dimitrenko On 'Haye Day' Bill Shawn Porter: 'Wouldn’t Be Surprised' If Khan Upsets Canelo Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto II: Post-Fight Report Card John Fury: Tyson Knocks Wladimir Klitschko Out By Round 10 Canelo vs. Khan - British Trade People Predict The Fight George Foreman Warns: If Canelo Overconfident, Khan Can Win Trainer: Tyson Fury Will NOT Retire, Likely Targets Joshua Next Khan Would Reject Mayweather: I'll Mess With Him Like He Did Me Sanchez: I'm Confident Golovkin KO's 'Diva' Canelo in 8 or 9 Luis Ortiz Back on Track After Greg Cohen Withdraws Lawsuit Flint-born Dirrell Brothers Fighting Through Anger, Frustration Bob Arum: It's Obvious Floyd Mayweather is Coming Back De La Hoya: Golovkin Didn't Want Lara - And Canelo Beat Him! Gilberto Ramirez-Dominik Britsch on Crawford-Postol HBO PPV De La Hoya: I Thought Pacquiao Would Be Easy, Canelo in Tough! Gassiev Warns Povetkin: Wilder Punches Harder Than Klitschko Verdejo Not Worried About Critics, Intends To Fulfill Expectations Freddie Roach Says Frankie Gomez in 'Best Shape' For Herrera Amir Khan Stands To Pocket 13 Million in Canelo Showdown Brown on PBC: We're Giving Fans What They Want and Expect Examining the Badou Jack-Lucian Bute Scorecards Anthony Joshua-Zhang Zhilei Eyed For The Future in China? Glen Tapia Ready For David Lemieux, Feels A lot Stronger at 160 Bute Wants the Winner of DeGale-Jack Unification Fight Photos: Anthony Crolla vs. Ismael Barroso Open Workouts Examining the James DeGale-Porky Medina Scorecards Hearn Wants Joshua to Become Pay-Per-View Star in America ALA Promotions Prez: Magsayo Will Never Be Another Pacquiao De La Hoya Breaks Down Speed vs. Power Fights of The Past Curtis Stevens on The Trainer Switch To John David Jackson Team Verdejo Bring in Nutrionists, Sports Psychologists For 6/11 DeGale: I Showed Medina Levels, He Doesn't Deserve Rematch
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement