Michael Rosenthal

James Kirkland stops Glen Tapia in the sixth round of a wild fight



James Kirkland stopped Glen Tapia 38 seconds into the sixth round of a wild middleweight bout on the Zab Judah-Paulie Malignaggi card Saturday night in Atlantic City, N.J.

The fighters crammed into five-plus crazy rounds enough punches to fill three fights, although Tapia got the much worse of it. Kirkland (32-1, 28 knockouts) landed enormous shots for most of the fight, including a remarkable 287 power punches.

Tapia (20-1, 12 KOs) never stopped fighting back and had his moments, wobbling Kirkland a few times, but he took a terrible beating. Tapia was taking punches and not firing back when referee Steve Smoger stopped the fight.

Kirkland landed 305 of 644 shots overall, according to CompuBox. Tapia landed 132 of 437. The winner landed 50 percent of his power punches, 287 of 572. Tapia was 110 of 359 (31 percent).

Kirkland, who has had multiple stops and starts in his career, hadn’t fought since March of 2012. He trained for this fight with Ann Wolfe, with whom he has had a great deal of success.

A full report will follow shortly.


Photo by Chris Farina-Top Rank


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