A little over 17 years ago, Johnny Tapia solidified his claim as the best 115-pound fighter on the planet (and arguably all time) by outpointing hometown rival Danny Romero. Artist Tyler Streeter was drawn to Tapia’s fighting spirit in the ring and in life as so many others were. He captures Tapia’s nobility with this timelapse painting movie.
Golden Boy’s Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 shows will feature what Richard Schaefer calls “the best fights that you can make at 147,” including Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana, Devon Alexander-Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman-Jesus Soto Karass, and Paulie Malignaggi-Zab Judah.
“It just felt very, very personal to me,” said broadcaster Al Bernstein, who sings “What a Wonderful World” in honor of boxing dignitaries such as the late Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel “Manny” Steward during a musical tribute on The Boxing Channel.
For most of his life Johnny Tapia waged a war within himself. One side radiated uncommon charisma and fighting spirit. The other side was turbulent and self-destructive. On Sunday night, Tapia’s long struggle with himself came to an end and the boxing world is left to mourn his passing.