Manager Pat Lynch said junior middleweight Glen Tapia is “doing fine” and that a CAT scan at an Atlantic City hospital returned negative following Saturday night’s brutal sixth-round technical knockout loss to James Kirkland on the undercard Guillermo Rigondeaux‘s unanimous decision over Joseph Agbeko at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
“He’s doing well. His ego is bruised more than anything, but he’s doing fine. We went to the hospital for precautionary reasons, and they did a CAT scan, and everything. We were there for about two or three hours, maybe at the most. He was back, but he’s feeling down and out,” said Lynch.
“He felt that he didn’t fight his fight, and he kind of felt like he was in cement, he told me. He felt like he couldn’t get off and he was wondering why. But Kirkland’s a beast when Kirkland’s on. He hurt Kirkland in the first and he hurt Kirkland in the third, and we couldn’t get it done. Thank God he’s safe, and he’s fine, and he’ll live to fight another day.”
“Glen is a tough, game kid, and there’s no quit in him, and sometimes, that can get a little scary. He was saying to me, ‘Look, I’ll take a few weeks off and then go back to the gym. But I said, ‘No, just wait a little bit,’” said Lynch.
“We’re fine. There’s no rush for anything. I was with his mother and father this morning and I told them that it was a situation that I just wanted to double-check. We were all together this morning and I mentioned that to his parents and that’s the route we’re going to take.”
A 23-year-old from Passaic, N.J., Tapia (20-1, 12 knockouts) was coming off of September’s fifth-round knockout of Elco Garcia as part of Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate card in Atlantic City before facing Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs).
“We’re going take some time off and wait until, maybe, like the spring or the summer to go back into the ring. At the hospital, they obviously suggested that. His eye is pretty swollen, but everything in the CAT scan came back fine,” said Lynch.
“I told him, I said, ‘Listen, when everything improves, and the swelling on the eye goes down, we’ll go to my doctors that I have here in Middletown, N.J., and make sure that everything is okay.’ They told us that it was, but I want to double-check that because he did take a lot of shots. Then, we’ll go back to the drawing board.
“Glen fought one of the biggest names in boxing. Glen is a warrior, but he’s feeling a little down and out. Of course, it kills you when he says ‘I’m sorry that I let you down’ and all of that. I’m like, ‘You didn’t let me down,’” said Lynch.
“Glen is just 23. His birthday is Wednesday. He’s going to be 24 and we’re going to go out to dinner this week and just enjoy ourselves. I’m going to let him enjoy his holiday and just take a little bit of a well-earned break.”
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