Glen Tapia Bio12/06/2011
- 2006 Junior Olympic National Championships (amateur), 145 Pounds - Gold Medalist...
At the age of 22, Glen is a three-year pro. A rising young prospect at 154 pounds, he has an exciting style and always makes exciting fights.
He is coming off a six round unanimous decision win against Mike Ruiz in his last fight on December 3.
Dan Rafael of ESPN.com reported from ringside [excerpts]: Junior middleweight prospect Glen Tapia, a 21-year-old from Passaic, N.J., with the crowd cheering for him, scored a highlight-reel second-round knockout of Puerto Rico's Mike Ruiz. Ruiz had hurt Tapia earlier in the second round, but Tapia rebounded to unloaded more than a dozen blows, including a big right hand that dropped Ruiz for the count at 2 minutes, 27 seconds. [End Rafael item]
Glen said, "I'm a brawler-boxer - I throw a lot of punches. I overwhelm them with punches. I hit hard, too. I feel like I could knock you out with either hand.
"For my fans who keep following me - I'm training hard and working hard to be a great champion."
Fight by Fight - 2011 - in his last fight on 12-3-11 in New York, NY, knocked out Mike Ruiz (15-6): the fight 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 fight 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 fight 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, NJ, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Eberto Medina (5-5): the fight 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 fight 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 TKO'd Nick Runningbear (4-2): the fight 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 unanimoius 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 TKO'd Carlos Rodriguez (3-2): the fight was on the undercard of the Odlanier Solis-Car 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, NJ, he TKO'd Tyrone Miles (1-2): at 1:00 of the 1st round...
2009 - on 6-13-09 in New York, NY, 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, NV, he TKO'd Juan De Leon (1-1): at 0:34 of the 2nd round...
He debuted at the age of 19 on 12-13-08 in Atlantic City and TKO'd Edward Smith (1-1): at 1:00 of the 2nd round...
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 used to box, and I started because of him. 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 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."...
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 Edward Campos of Merced, Calif., in the 2nd round; in the semifinals on 6-30-06 he stopped Carlos Andrade of Phoenix, Ariz., in the 3rd round; 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...physically strong...has good skills and movement...had a strong amateur background...
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 12 fights...44 total rounds...
AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.6 rounds...
KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 50 %...
DISTANCE FIGHTS: 6 rounds - 4 (4-0)...4 rounds - 2 (2-0)...
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