Glen Tapia
Weightclass:
Middleweight
Age:
25
Birthplace:
Passaic, NJ
Record:
23-2, 14 KOs
Height:
5'11"
Reach:
73
Managers:
Pat Lynch, Sal Alessi
Trainers:
Freddie Roach
biography
“Jersey Boy” 

Twitter: @RealGlenTapia
Two-time NABO jr. middleweight champion…
2006 Junior Olympic National Championships (amateur), 145 pounds – Gold Medalist...

At the age of 25, Glen is a six-year pro. A young contender at 154 pounds, he is co-managed by Pat Lynch, the longtime manager of former IBF junior lightweight and WBC lightweight world champion and 2013 International Boxing Hall of fame inductee Arturo Gatti, and trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach.
He went into his last fight against France's Michel Soro after a third-round TKO win. But though Tapia put in a good effort against Soro for the first three rounds, he ultimately suffered a fourth-round TKO loss.
After the fight, Dan Rafaelwrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Soro, 27, a native of the Ivory Coast living in France, was fighting in the United States for the second time and pulled the mild upset as he took down Tapia, 25, of Passaic, New Jersey, in front of his hometown crowd with a rough knockout in the main event of Top Rank's new truTV series. Soro and Tapia fought on even terms through the first two rounds.
They were both aggressive and both looking to do damage, but Tapia did not seem to have as much energy as usual, a sure sign that his terrible struggle to make weight the day before the fight was an issue.
In the third round, Tapia walked into some powerful left hands from Soro, who also displayed a strong jab. But Tapia closed the third round well, catching Soro on the ropes with a flurry as the round came to an end. In the fourth round, however, Soro ended the fight in impressive fashion. He badly hurt Tapia with a right hand he never saw coming...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2015 – in his last fight on 5-8-15 in Newark, NJ, he lost by fourth-round TKO to Michel Soro (25-1-1): the fight headlined at the Prudential Center, and Glen did well until the fourth, when he got hurt by a right hand. Time: 2:10...
WON VACANT NABO JM TITLE – on 3-7-15 in Macau, CHI, he won by TKO (3rd round) against former Australian jr. middleweight and middleweight champion Daniel Dawson (40-4-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Amnat Ruenroeng-Zou Shiming main event; and Glen quickly overpowered him; he staggered Dawson with a series of punches in the 3rd round, then staggered him with another unanswered series of punches moments later and the referee stopped the fight at 1:42…
 
2014 – on 10-4-14 in Atlantic City, NJ, he won by TKO (4th round) against Donatas Bondorovas (18-5-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features at Bally's Event Center, and Glen dominated the fight; Bondorovas was cut over both eyes, and Keith scored a knockdown with a right hand early in the 4th round that sent Bondorovas through the ropes – he got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:47…
On 6-14-14 in Atlantic City he won by TKO (1st round) against Keenan Collins (15-8-3): the scheduled 10-rouinder headlined at Bally’s, and Glen quickly overwhelmed him; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round – Collins got up both times, but Glen rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:22…
 
2013 – on 12-7-13 in Atlantic City he lost by TKO (6th round) against lefthanded James Kirkland (31-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured with the Guillermo Rigondeaux-Joseph King Kong Agbeko main event – it was fast-paced and...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Glen said, “I was born and raised in Passaic, New Jersey. I got an older brother, he’s four years older than me, and a younger sister sister, she’s four years younger than me. My mom works for a water company in the city, and my father works at DPW in the city – public works. My grandfather on my mother’s side was a boxer in the Dominican Republic. He used to box out there as an amateur.
“I started boxing when I was eight years old. My brother and the other kids in the neighborhood used to box, and I started doing it because of them.
“I wanted to spar my first day in the gym, but they wouldn't let me. On the second day they let me spar. I did good against the first kid, then the second kid beat me up real bad. I started crying and stuff. There were so many kids coming in and out that they thought I wouldn't come back. But I came back the next day. I really trained hard because I wanted to beat that kid up, but I never got to. He was bigger than me, and he just kept beating me up. I always tried to figure out – who was that? But I don't know who it is. But training to beat that kid up, I fell in love with it.
“Then I started falling off of it – when I was like, nine, I was leaving the gym. I used to fight a lot in the streets, then George Martinez, he’s my other coach – he was a cop – he put me back into boxing. He got me to be serious about it. He used to hear about me and what I was doing, and it was like a punishment a little bit for fighting in the street. He just told me to stay in the gym – he said, ‘Come on, you got to do this!’ So he brought me back. He really saved my life. It gave me something to do.
“I’m naturally righthanded. I had 143 amateur fights, with 13 losses. I won the Junior Olympic Nationals in 2006. I competed in a couple of other nationals when I was younger. I...
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Biography
“Jersey Boy” 
  • Twitter: @RealGlenTapia
  • Two-time NABO jr. middleweight champion…
  • 2006 Junior Olympic National Championships (amateur), 145 pounds – Gold Medalist...

At the age of 25, Glen is a six-year pro. A young contender at 154 pounds, he is co-managed by Pat Lynch, the longtime manager of former IBF junior lightweight and WBC lightweight world champion and 2013 International Boxing Hall of fame inductee Arturo Gatti, and trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach.

He went into his last fight against France's Michel Soro after a third-round TKO win. But though Tapia put in a good effort against Soro for the first three rounds, he ultimately suffered a fourth-round TKO loss.

After the fight, Dan Rafaelwrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Soro, 27, a native of the Ivory Coast living in France, was fighting in the United States for the second time and pulled the mild upset as he took down Tapia, 25, of Passaic, New Jersey, in front of his hometown crowd with a rough knockout in the main event of Top Rank's new truTV series. Soro and Tapia fought on even terms through the first two rounds.

They were both aggressive and both looking to do damage, but Tapia did not seem to have as much energy as usual, a sure sign that his terrible struggle to make weight the day before the fight was an issue.

In the third round, Tapia walked into some powerful left hands from Soro, who also displayed a strong jab. But Tapia closed the third round well, catching Soro on the ropes with a flurry as the round came to an end. In the fourth round, however, Soro ended the fight in impressive fashion. He badly hurt Tapia with a right hand he never saw coming...[End Rafael item]

Glen said, "I want to entertain – this is what I live for. I love boxing. I love being in that ring more than anything. I want to show people that I'm more than just a prospect and I'm here to stay."

Regarding his nickname, he said, "My nickname is 'Jersey Boy' now. A couple of years ago, when I was in the Philippines, somebody was like, 'Oh, there's that Jersey kid.' Somebody else said, 'There's that Jersey boy.' I was in the middle of a crowd – there were so many people around me in the mall – and I started signing autographs. Somebody just said it in the crowd and it stuck to me. I just stayed with it. I thought, 'That could be something good.' "

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2015 – in his last fight on 5-8-15 in Newark, NJ, he lost by fourth-round TKO to Michel Soro (25-1-1): the fight headlined at the Prudential Center, and Glen did well until the fourth, when he got hurt by a right hand. Time: 2:10...

WON VACANT NABO JM TITLE – on 3-7-15 in Macau, CHI, he won by TKO (3rd round) against former Australian jr. middleweight and middleweight champion Daniel Dawson (40-4-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Amnat Ruenroeng-Zou Shiming main event; and Glen quickly overpowered him; he staggered Dawson with a series of punches in the 3rd round, then staggered him with another unanswered series of punches moments later and the referee stopped the fight at 1:42…

 

2014 – on 10-4-14 in Atlantic City, NJ, he won by TKO (4th round) against Donatas Bondorovas (18-5-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features at Bally's Event Center, and Glen dominated the fight; Bondorovas was cut over both eyes, and Keith scored a knockdown with a right hand early in the 4th round that sent Bondorovas through the ropes – he got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:47…

On 6-14-14 in Atlantic City he won by TKO (1st round) against Keenan Collins (15-8-3): the scheduled 10-rouinder headlined at Bally’s, and Glen quickly overwhelmed him; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round – Collins got up both times, but Glen rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:22…

 

2013 – on 12-7-13 in Atlantic City he lost by TKO (6th round) against lefthanded James Kirkland (31-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured with the Guillermo Rigondeaux-Joseph King Kong Agbeko main event – it was fast-paced and exciting, and stole the show; both fought hard from the opening bell – both had rallies, and both were rocked repeatedly, but Kirkland wore down Glen, then rocked him with a series of punches in the 6th round and the referee stopped the fight at 0:38…

On 9-28-13 in Atlantic City he won by TKO (5th round) against Elco Garcia (27-8): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at Bally’s Event Center, and Glen dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Garcia, landed the harder punches, and rocked him repeatedly; he staggered Garcia with a series of right hands in the 5th round, then scored a knockdown moments later with a series of punches – Garcia got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:59…

 

On 7-12-13 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (8th round) against previously undefeated Abie Han (19-0): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured with the Chris Avalos-Drian Francisco main event, and it was a fast-paced, exciting fight; Han gave a strong effort and had several rallies, but Glen consistently outworked him, dominated much of the fight, and wore him down; Han was cut on the left side of his head by a clash of heads in the 4th round, but landed a hard left hook to the body in the 5th; Glen came back and scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 7th round when Han, also cut over his left eye, was held up by the ropes, then rocked him with a series of punches later in the round; the referee stopped the fight after the round…

On 4-13-12 in New York, NY, he won an 8 round unanimojus decision against Joseph de los Santos (14-10-3): the bout was on the undercard of the Guillermo Rigondeaux-Nonito Donaire main event; Glen consistently outworked de los Santos and landed the harder punches, and won by shutout scores of  80-72 on all three scorecards…

On 1-19-13 in New York he won by TKO (2nd round) against Ayi Bruce (22-8): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Mikey Garcia-Orlando Salido main event, and Glen quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a rigtht hand in the 2nd round – Bruce got up, but Glen rocked him with a series of unanswered punches and the referee stopped the fight at 2:33…

 

2012 – on 10-27-12 in El Paso, TX, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against late substitute Dashon Johnson (13-7-3): the scheduled 8 rounder was on the undercard of the Alejandro Lopez-Takalani Ndlovu main event; Glen outboxed and outworked Johnson, and dominated most of the fight; Glen was cut near his hairline by a clash of heads in the 2nd round, but staggered Johnson with series of punches in the 4th; scored 79-73, 79-73, 78-74…

On 8-18-12 in Atlantic City he won by knockout (1st round) against late substitute Franklin Gonzalez (15-10): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured at Bally’s, and Glen quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, and Gonzalez was counted out at 2:05…

On 7-7-12 in Toa Baja, PR, he won by TKO (1st round) against Carlos Garcia (6-10-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was co-featured at Coliseo Antonio R. Barcelo, and Glen quickly overwhelmed him; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round, and Garcia was counted out at 2:00…

On 4-27-12 in Reading, PA, he won by knockout (3rd round) against Manuel Guzman (7-15-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was co-featured at the Reverb Club, and Glen dominated; he outworked Guzman, landed the harder punches, and scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 3rd round; he scored another knockdown with a series of punches in the 3rd, and Guzman was counted out at 0:27…

 

2011 – on 12-3-11 in New York won by knockout (2nd round) against Mike Ruiz (15-6): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito II main event, and Glen quickly overpowered him; Ruiz rocked Glen in the 2nd round, but Glen came back and staggered him with a series of punches, then scored a devastating knockdown with a right hand and Ruiz was counted out at 2:27

On 9-16-11 in South Bend, IN, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Marcus Thompkins (5-4-1): the bout was co-featured at the Joyce Center at Notre Dame University – alumnus Mike Lee headlined the first boxing card ever held on campus – and Glen dominated; he consistently outworked Thompkins and landed the harder punches; Glen scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, then scored another knockdown in the 3rd; scored 60-52 on all three scorecards…

On 6-25-11 in Philadelphia, PA, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Taronze Washington (14-15): the bout was on the undercard of the Mike Jones-Raul Munoz main event, and Glen dominated; he consistently outworked Washington, landed the harder punches, and rocke him repeatedly; scored 60-54 on all three scorecards…

On 3-26-11 in Atlantic City he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Eberto Medina (5-5): the bout was on the undercard of the Yuriorkis Gamboa-Jorge Solis main event, and Glen dominated; he consistently outworked Medina, landed the harder punches, and scored a knockdown with a jab late in the 3rd round; scored 60-53, 60-52, 59-54…

 

2010 – on 10-30-10 in Atlantic City he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Quinton Whitaker (7-7): the bout was co-featured at Bally’s; Glen consistently outworked Whitaker and landed the harder punches, but his jaw was broken in the 3rd round; Glen kept pressing forward, and staggered Whitaker in the 6th; scored 59-55 on all three scorecards…

On 6-12-10 in New York he won by TKO (2nd round) against Nick Runningbear (4-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Ivan Calderon-Jesus Iribe main event, and Glen quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 2nd round – Runningbear got up, but Glen rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:36…

On 4-17-10 in Atlantic City, NJ, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against James Winchester (10-3): the fight was on the undercard of the Sergio Martinez-Kelly Pavlik main event, and Glen dominated; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 2nd round, consistently outworked Winchester, and landed the harder punches; scored 40-35 on all three scorecards...

On 3-20-10 in Key West, FL, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Carlos Rodriguez (3-2): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Odlanier Solis-Carl Drumond main event, and Glen dominated; Glen landed a left hook to the body in the 1st round that apparently broke Rodriguez’ protective cup, which fell down one of the legs of his trunks and had to be repaired; when the action resumed, Glen pressed forward, rocked Rodriguez several times, and Rodriguez did not continue after the 2nd round; the local commission records it as a TKO at 0:01 of the 3rd round...

On 2-27-10 in Atlantic City he won by TKO (1st round, 1:00) against Tyrone Miles (1-2)...

 

2009 – on 6-13-09 in New York he won a 4 round unanimous decision against David Lopez (3-1-1): scored 40-36, 40-36, 39-37...

On 5-1-09 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (2nd round, 0:34) against Juan De Leon (1-1)...

He debuted at the age of 19 on 12-13-08 in Atlantic City and won by TKO (2nd round, 1:00) against Edward Smith (1-1)...

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Glen said, “I was born and raised in Passaic, New Jersey. I got an older brother, he’s four years older than me, and a younger sister sister, she’s four years younger than me. My mom works for a water company in the city, and my father works at DPW in the city – public works. My grandfather on my mother’s side was a boxer in the Dominican Republic. He used to box out there as an amateur.

“I started boxing when I was eight years old. My brother and the other kids in the neighborhood used to box, and I started doing it because of them.

“I wanted to spar my first day in the gym, but they wouldn't let me. On the second day they let me spar. I did good against the first kid, then the second kid beat me up real bad. I started crying and stuff. There were so many kids coming in and out that they thought I wouldn't come back. But I came back the next day. I really trained hard because I wanted to beat that kid up, but I never got to. He was bigger than me, and he just kept beating me up. I always tried to figure out – who was that? But I don't know who it is. But training to beat that kid up, I fell in love with it.

“Then I started falling off of it – when I was like, nine, I was leaving the gym. I used to fight a lot in the streets, then George Martinez, he’s my other coach – he was a cop – he put me back into boxing. He got me to be serious about it. He used to hear about me and what I was doing, and it was like a punishment a little bit for fighting in the street. He just told me to stay in the gym – he said, ‘Come on, you got to do this!’ So he brought me back. He really saved my life. It gave me something to do.

“I’m naturally righthanded. I had 143 amateur fights, with 13 losses. I won the Junior Olympic Nationals in 2006. I competed in a couple of other nationals when I was younger. I won the Silver Gloves in 2003, I think. I was like, 95 pounds – I was a little kid. I won the Ringside Tournament in 2004, I think, at 119. I used to be short, so I had to brawl to come in.”…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2008 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Colorado Springs, Colorado, 152 pounds: in his first fight on 3-10-08 he lost a 13-10 decision against Errol Spence

2006 WORLD CADET CHAMPIONSHIPS – Istanbul, Turkey, 145 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in his first fight on 8-6-06 he stopped Jamsran Chulvunbaatar of Mongolia; in the quarterfinals on 8-9-06 he won a 16-14 decision against Batirjon Makhmudov of Uzbekistan; in the semifinals on 8-12-06 he lost a 23-17 decision against Dmitriy Smirnov of Russia…

2006 JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Marquette, Michigan, 145 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals on 6-29-06 he stopped (2nd round) Edward Campos of Merced, Calif.; in the semifinals on 6-30-06 he stopped (3rd round) Carlos Andrade of Phoenix, Ariz.; in the finals on 7-1-06 he won a 31-13 decision against David Garcia of Oxnard, Calif....

 

STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style and good punching power...has good skills and movement...physically strong…had a strong amateur background...

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 6 years, 5 months…25 fights...98 total rounds...

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.9 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 60 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 8 rounds – 2 (2-0)…6 rounds – 4 (4-0)…