ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Johnny’s Widow Sets Fights Nov. 17
Since June 2009, 34-year-old boxer Joaquin Zamora has had two professional fights.
He lost both times.
But the boxing journey of the Santa Fe resident with an impressive 18-4-1 (12 KO) professional record will continue, because that’s not what one of his idols, former world champion Johnny Tapia, would have done.
Johnny Tapia Presents: A seven-fight professional boxing card at Crowne Plaza Hotel. Three Team Tapia headliners are Archie Ray Marquez, Joaquin Zamora and Josh “The Pitbull” Torres.
“Johnny would be all for me doing this,” said Zamora, one of three fighters headlining a seven-fight card Nov. 17 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel presented by Johnny Tapia Presents.
“He (Tapia) won a title at (35 years old). He fought until he was 43. If he would tell me anything, it would be reminding me that it’s all about the desire in your heart to put in the work. And I guarantee, I’m putting in the work for this one.”
The opponent for Zamora, who trained in the past with the likes of Tapia and more recently was a sparring partner with Austin Trout, has not yet been announced by the Johnny Tapia Presents team. An opponent has also not yet been signed to contract for fellow “main event” fighter Archie Ray Marquez (13-2, 8 KO) of Albuquerque. The third “main event” fighter, Josh “The Pitbull” Torres (8-2-1, 4 KOs) will fight Omar Quevado (0-5); both are from Albuquerque.
The fight card will be the first promoted by the Johnny Tapia Presents team since the May 27 death of its namesake.
“I know all the guys up here (who are on the fight card) are going to honor him,” said widow Teresa Tapia, who runs Johnny Tapia Presents. “I’m proud to be able to carry on his dream. This is what he wanted. This was his life right here, all these guys up here.”
Teresa Tapia said many people had asked her about when Team Tapia would be putting on a pro fight card.
“I needed my time to kind of grieve,” she said, adding: “We look to do these very often.”
Many of the fighters still train, at least part time if not full, with Team Tapia. Zamora says there was no better inspiration for the fighters of New Mexico than the high-energy Tapia.
“He never quit, and that sort of rubbed off on all the guys who ever got to train with him or be around him,” Zamora said.
Marquez, the 24-year-old lightweight, has had his last three fights canceled for various reasons, and he’s just itching to get back in the ring.
“I’m in shape and I’m ready,” Marquez said. “I’ve been ready for a while now.”
The other fights on the card are David Castillo (3-4) fighting Edgar Zubia (3-1-1, 1 KO); Charles “The Beast” Alderete (1-2) against Charles Anaya (1-1); Adrian Lopez (2-1-1) against Miguel Otero (2-4); and former King of the Cage fighter Donald Sanchez (1-0, 1 KO) fighting James Marine in his pro debut.
Tickets for the event will go on sale Friday online at www.gotomyticket.com.
— This article appeared on page D2 of the Albuquerque Journal