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    CANASTOTA, NY - MAY 29, 2012 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame joins the worldwide boxing community in mourning the loss of five-time world champion Johnny Tapia, who passed away at home in Albuquerque, NM  on May 27th at age 45. 

“What can you say about Johnny Tapia? He was one of the most exciting and emotional fighters to ever set foot in a boxing ring,” said Hall director Ed Brophy. “We were saddened to learn the news of his passing and we offer our condolences to Teresa and the entire Tapia family.”

Tapia compiled an impressive 150-12 amateur record. As a professional, he captured five world titles in three separate weight divisions. He reigned as WBO junior bantamweight champion (1994-1998), IBF junior bantamweight champion (1997-1998), WBA bantamweight champion (1998-1999), WBO bantamweight champion (2000) and IBF featherweight king (2002). Known for his passionate fighting style, the fan-friendly Tapia posted a pro record of 59-5-2 (30 KOs) that includes wins over Danny Romero, Arthur Johnson, Nana Konadu, Jorge Julio, Cesar Soto, Manuel Medina and Mauricio Pastrana.  

Tapia was a frequent visitor to Canastota for the annual Hall of Fame Weekend.

“He was so outgoing and personable. He enjoyed spending time with his fans just as much as they enjoyed being with him,” said Brophy.