UPDATED: NY Times, NM Say Farewell to Johnny Tapia

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson once called Albuquerque’s Johnny Tapia one of the greatest fighters ever, according to a long obituary in The New York Times today.

Tapia was found dead at his Albuquerque home on Sunday of still-unknown causes. He was 45 years old.

View the two stories from this morning’s Journal written in remembrance of Tapia: “Tapia’s Kindness Big and Small” and “Remembering Johnny Tapia.”

Below, listen to the 911 call from Tapia’s wife on Sunday, and view the Journal’s slideshow of Tapia throughout the years.

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