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Johnny Tapia (Associated Press/Adam Butler)
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April 26, 2017

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September 10, 2012
September 10, 2012
September 10, 2012
My family and I were introduced to Johnny after Johnny and his family moved to Farmington. I really enjoyed becoming good friends with Johnny, Teresa, the grandmas, and the kids. Johnny and Teresa treated us just like family. My wife made Johnny a birthday cake for his 40th birthday. Johnny and I had lots of great times together. We prayed together, laughed together and shed a few tears together, and enjoyed the countless hours that he would spend with me showing me the scrapbooks of his incredible boxing career. The biggest joy I had was training with Johnny. I needed to drop a few pounds and asked him if he would train me and get me into boxing shape. It was so much fun having Johnny teach me how to hit the bags, jump rope, hitting the mitts, and teaching me the strategy that made him a world champion five times over. Its not every day that you get trained by a five time world champion. When Johnny and his family moved back to Albuquerque he changed his phone number and I lost contact with him. My family and I were so sad to hear that Johnny passed on. Johnny loved the Lord in a big, big way. I know one thing for sure Johnny is heaven chewing on a straw wearing another championship belt that his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gave him when he got there. We continue to keep Teresa and the family our prayers.
Miss you Champ.
Your friend
Big Mike aka The Big Daddy from Cincinnati
July 19, 2012
You were so sweet Johnny, I can't believe you are gone :( You are in a better place. I will never forget when we were younger and you were teaching me how to punch, you told me to punch you in the face and I didn't want to but you kept insisting, so I did and your mouth bled, I got scared and started apologizing and you just laughed and said now that's a punch. You may be gone but never will you be forgotten.. R.I.P JOHNNY..
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