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Johnny Tapia's Gravesite Gets Unique Boxing Memorial

Johnny Tapia's gravesite in Albuquerque now has a unique memorial, thanks to family and friends of the late boxer.

KOB-TV reports ( http://bit.ly/U4Bmyo) a small replica boxing ring has been set up at the site to pay tribute to the five-time champion.

The Albuquerque City Council shelved a proposal in December to rename a community center after Tapia. Critics pointed to his drug addiction and legal troubles as reasons why the proposal shouldn't be passed.

Councilman Ken Sanchez says he'll consider other options, like proposing to name a room or gym after Tapia.

The 45-year-old boxer was found dead May 27 at his Albuquerque home. His turbulent boxing career was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and run-ins with the law. Tapai's family says he died from heart disease and high blood pressure.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by flint on 01-02-2013

they should do it. he brought good money in that city from his fights. he's human and made mistakes like us all. last time i checked. in a interview he apologize to the community. that alone gives him my vote.

Comment by micky1971 on 01-02-2013

for a man to be among boxings elite and maintain these alledged addictions is a big ask of any human, i mean, the fitness regime of a world class athlete mixed with booze alone has gotta be impossible but, nethertheless…

Comment by jri9d0 on 01-01-2013

In either case, the man will be missed just like so many other boxing figures we have lost in 2012 and throughout. R.I.P and thanks for all the memories to all we have lost real talk.

Comment by eddiefutch on 01-01-2013

If it was Gatti they were talking about naming a community center after then no one would have a problem with it

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