By: Marc Abrams
NEW YORK / ALBUQUERQUE (JUNE 2, 2011)—This Saturday night two former world champions will do battle in what promises to be an action packed fight as former five-time world champion, Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia takes on former Flyweight world champion Mauricio Pastrana that will originate from Hard Rock in Albuquerque.
That bout plus a full undercard can be seen LIVE all over the world on www.gfl.tv for just $9.99 at 9pm Eastern Time. For ordering information, click:
Tapia, who has been one of boxing’s most talked about fighters for the past twenty years (for a myriad reasons) is winding down and wants to thrill his hometown fans in New Mexico one more time before he calls it a day.
Tapia has an astonishing record of 58-5-2 with thirty knockouts and captured the WBO Super Flyweight title with an eleventh round knockout over Henry Martinez in 1994.
He defended that title ten times before adding the IBF Super Flyweight title when he took a twelve round unanimous decision over cross-town rival Danny Romero in one of the mist anticipated grudge matches of the 1990’s.
After two more defenses, he claimed the WBA Bantamweight title with twelve round majority decision over Nana Konadu.
Tapia then went on to win the WBO Bantamweight belt with a twelve round unanimous decision over Jorge Julio.
Tapia won his final belt by scoring a twelve round majority decision to win the IBF Featherweight title over Manuel Medina.
He has won his last three bouts which includes fourth round stoppage over Jorge Alonso this past September 24th
Pastrana has a record of 35-15-2 with twenty three big knockouts.
On January 18th, 1997, Pastrana won the IBF Light Flyweight title with a split decision over former U.S. Olympic star Michael Carbajal.
He defended that title before winning the WBA Interim Flyweight title with a unanimous decision over Jose Bonilla.
Pastrana has come up just a bit short in three more world title opportunities but he has capable of pulling off the big upset on Saturday.
There will be at least three more fights on the live broadcast.
Hector Munoz (18-4-1, 11 KO’s) takes on Jorge Reyes (21-29-3, 17 KO’s) in a Welterweight bout.
Undefeated Welterweight, Vincent Mirabal (8-0, 1 KO) battles Eric Bradford (0-6) in a Welterweight bout
Josh Torres (5-1-1, 3 KO’s) takes on Janks Trotter (4-0-1, 4 KO’s) in a Welterweight bout