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1:29 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Film On New Mexico Boxer To Debut

A documentary on the rise and fall of world champion boxer Johnny Tapia will make its Albuquerque debut next month.

"Tapia" is scheduled to be shown Feb. 13 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June and was shown at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival in October, where it won the Grand Jury Award for best documentary.

Tapia died at his Albuquerque home in 2012. Investigators said there were no indications of a drug overdose or alcohol use but that the 45-year-old former fighter likely developed medical complications from past illegal drug use.

Filmmaker Eddie Alcazar finished his interviews with Tapia shortly before the boxer's death. The film features some of those final interviews.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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