Glen Tapia Stoked as Bally's Fight Stays on Course

By Keith Idec

Unfortunately for Glen Tapia, his absurd Thursday afternoon has become an all-too-common occurrence for the undefeated junior middleweight from Passaic.

By 3 o’clock, Tapia thought yet another of his scheduled fights had been canceled on short notice. By 5 o’clock, the highly touted prospect’s fight was back on.

That helped Tapia avoid what would’ve been his fourth canceled fight since January. He had a ill-fated March 17 fight in Atlantic City canceled the night of March 16, after he weighed in, because the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board determined an abnormality detected during one of his opponent’s pre-fight medical exams made him unfit to fight.

That type of aggravation was what made Tapia more than willing to accept a southpaw opponent on short notice Thursday, despite that he had been training at the Garden State School of Boxing in Paterson for a right-handed foe. He’ll face Franklin Gonzalez (15-10, 10 KOs) in the co-feature of a nine-bout card Saturday night at Bally’s Events Center in Atlantic City.

"I want to fight," said Tapia, 22. "I’m excited. I’m happy. It doesn’t matter if he’s left-handed. I’m ready for anybody that they put in there."

Tapia (14-0, 8 KOs) originally was supposed to box Hilario Lopez (12-11, 8 KOs) in a middleweight match.

The non-televised fight was considered an important one because, despite Lopez’s pedestrian record, he is a durable opponent who typically fights at a higher weight than Tapia and was expected to take Tapia considerably deeper into his first scheduled eight-round bout than most of his recent opponents. They were contracted to fight at 160 pounds, six above where Tapia typically competes, and Tapia eagerly accepted the challenge.

When it came time for Lopez to travel from Boise, Idaho, to Atlantic City on Tuesday, Lopez’s trainer learned Lopez weighed 187 pounds. Three days before their scheduled weigh-in today at Bally’s, there was no way Lopez could’ve dropped a reasonable enough amount of weight for Tapia to fight him somewhere above 160.

Lopez’s unprofessional behavior particularly was upsetting to Tapia’s co-managers, Sal Alessi and Pat Lynch, and co-promoter John Lynch because Lopez had four weeks to train for the fight after he signed a contract that was to pay the anonymous journeyman $6,000, almost as much as Tapia. They so wanted Tapia to fight Saturday night they’re paying $10,000 to Gonzalez for his trouble.

Gonzalez, a native of the Dominican Republic, suffered an eighth-round TKO in his last fight by 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali (15-0, 9 KOs). He suffered that defeat June 2 in Brooklyn, in a welterweight bout, one division below where Tapia usually fights.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and

Tags: Glen Tapia image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LAPete on 08-18-2012

Always in your corner rooting for you GT. You are a great fighter!

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Parker's Promoter Withdraws Funding Bid For Andy Ruiz Bout DeGale Confident That He'll Beat, Expose Weaknesses in Golovkin Roach Admits: Crawford is NOT My Favorite Fight For Pacquiao Schaefer: I Couldn't Be Coming Back With a Better Fight Card Crawford To Face PBC Fighter Next? Then Pacquiao in 2017? Roach: Pacquiao is Too Big, Lomachenko is Not That Good Javier Fortuna vs. Omar Douglas Camp Notes Pacquiao vs. Lomachenko is The Fight Arum Wants To Make Most Terry Flanagan vs. Orlando Cruz on November 26, Motorpoint Roach: Golden Boy Protecting Their 'Cash Cow' From Golovkin John Molina Wants to Dethrone 140 Kingpin Terence Crawford Schaefer Explains Ringstar Business Model, PBC Relationship Roach Still Wants Pacquiao vs. Canelo: I Love That Fight! Parker's Promoter Still Pushing To Keep Ruiz Fight in Auckland Manny Pacquiao: I Need a Convincing Win To Prove I'm Still Here Scott Quigg Makes Featherweight Debut on Anthony Joshua Card Pacquiao vs. Vargas Lands on BoxNation Katie Taylor Inks Promotional With Eddie Hearn, Pro Debut Set Oscar De La Hoya: 2016 is Maybe The Worst Year For Boxing Roach: I Don't Think Andre Ward is The Fighter He Used To Be Video: Freddie Roach Talks Golovkin, Kovalev vs. Ward, More Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach Have Retirement Pact in Place Video: Justin Fortune Discusses The Heavyweight Division Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Wilfredo Vazquez Jr: Sure, Why Not Video: Bob Arum Talks Schaefer, Trump, King, UFC, More Arum: I Would NEVER Do Pacquiao vs. Golovkin - It Was a Joke! Video: Manny Pacquiao Putting in Work For Vargas Title Clash Video: Freddie Roach on Thurman-Garcia, Lebedev-Gassiev, More Mason Menard's Fight Now Off Due To Bookkeeping Issue Molina Still Wants Danny Garcia Fight: He Has Holes in His Armor Video: Manny Pacquiao Talks Camp, Retirement, Vargas, More Demetrius Andrade Very Motivated as Jack Culcay Clash Nears Photos: Manny Pacquiao Putting in Work at Wild Card Gym Canelo Says The Ball is in Golovkin's Court: Accept The Offer! Ricardo Mayorga Crashes Into Taxi, Pursued For 200K in Damages Canelo Eager To Prove WBO Prez's Prediction of Mayweather KO Vences: A Win Over Casey Ramos Will Open A lot of Doors For Me Photos: Juanma, Vazquez Explode in Very Tense Final Presser Ustinov's Manager Expects WBA To Order Klitschko Title Fight Premier Boxing Champions Reveal Season 3 Schedule

Latest Active Forum Threads