‘Tapia’ film on late NM boxer set to premiere

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A documentary on the rise and fall of Albuquerque-born, multiple-time world champion boxer Johnny Tapia premieres this weekend.

KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/19rx1eR ) that “Tapia” is scheduled to be shown Saturday at the Los Angeles Film Festival and will feature some of the late boxer’s final interviews.

His widow, Teresa Tapia, says there is a lot of emotion in the documentary.

Hip-hop artist 50 Cent and a boxing promoter have acquired the rights to the film. Eddie Alcazar, director of “Tapia,” says 50 Cent will help reach a broader audience and that the rapper is on board with keeping the film as it was created.

Tapia died last year at his Albuquerque home. His turbulent boxing career was marked by cocaine addiction, depression and run-ins with the law.

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