Please join the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department in celebrating legendary 5-time boxing champion Johnny Tapia on September 23, 2017. *FREE* event!
From 1pm — 5pm on Civic Plaza, South Valley Boxing Club and Chavez Promotions presents a WBC and USA Boxing Tournament at Civic Plaza featuring amateur fighters from around the Southwest. Johnny Tapia’s sons, Johnny “Niccolai” Tapia and Johnny “Lorenzo” Tapia will be making their first amateur fight appearance in Albuquerque at this boxing event.
Live New Mexico music follows at 5pm: Al Muniz with special guest Timo Martinez, Lori Ortega, Red Wine and Legacy of Santa Fe.
Both the concert and the boxing tournament are *FREE*. There will be food trucks on site and the Plaza Bar will be serving beer and wine.
In June 2017, Johnny was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Johnny always talked about his love for his hometown and September 23 will be a day to honor Johnny Tapia’s world class achievements in the sport of boxing and pay tribute to a native son.
The day’s events will begin at 10am with the renaming of the Wells Park Community Center, to the “Johnny Tapia Community Center at Wells Park.” Please note this will take place at 500 Mountain Rd NW, and not Civic Plaza.
A statue of Johnny Tapia entitled “Boxing Victory 21 Celebration,” created by artist Steve Weems will also be unveiled at the Community Center. Johnny Tapia was raised by his grandparents in Wells Park and participated in various recreation programs at the center where he later worked as a recreation leader.