by David P. Greisman
Results of a blood tests have left junior middleweight Glen Tapia unable to fight Salim Larbi on the undercard of the July 26 card at Madison Square Garden featuring a main event between middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin and challenger Daniel Geale.
BoxingScene.com spoke with Tapia about it after the July 25 weigh-in, which he didn’t participate in.
BoxingScene.com: What happened?
Tapia: “Light blood work. Something that I’ve been having had for 22 fights. It was something that was really minor, but the doctor wrote it, tried to cover his tracks and he wrote it kind of wrong. It kind of made it worse than it was, just to cover his tracks, you know. It just made it look bad.”
BoxingScene.com: So what have you had for 22 fights?
Tapia: “I don’t know. It’s something real minor that they said is OK. It’s like some people, if they cut out, or if they bump themselves, they get swollen real big. I’m not like that. Mine’s so minor that you can’t really even tell the difference.”
BoxingScene.com: And it’s a condition that you’ve been allowed to fight with before?
Tapia: “Yeah. And it’s a condition that the commission over here doesn’t even bother with. It’s mostly New Jersey. It just made it worse. It just made it worse. I’m just really sad, actually, because of all the fans that’s coming tomorrow. I got so much people coming from New York and New Jersey and Philly even. It just sucks.”
BoxingScene.com: When did you find out that you weren’t going to be able to fight?
Tapia: “Right now. It was like f***ing 20 minutes ago.”
(At this point, Carl Moretti of Top Rank, which promotes Tapia, walked by and pulled Tapia away).
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