Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Tapia Wins With Power, Beauty.(Sports)

Byline: Rick Wright Journal Staff Writer

Boxer Impressive In 6th-Round TKO

Like a lot of guys in professional boxing's lower weights, Cuauhtemoc "Famosito" Gomez has always wanted to fight Albuquerque native Johnny Tapia.

This morning, like most of those who came before him, Gomez must be wondering exactly what the attraction was.

Saturday, in a stirring performance that had a crowd of some 5,000 rocking and Gomez merely rocked, Tapia sliced up the Mexican fighter's face en route to a victory by sixth-round round technical knockout.

Tapia (49-2-2, 26 knockouts) boxed beautifully in earning his purse of $125,000 in a bout televised nationally on Showtime. But he also displayed startling power in stopping the game but clearly outclassed Gomez (48-9, 28 KOs).

The sturdy Gomez never hit the canvas, but even Tapia's jabs on occasion sent the Mexican fighter staggering back. …

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