Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Tapia Is Beyond Sharp in Stopping Gomez.(Sports)

Byline: Rick Wright Journal Staff Writer

He laughed.

He cried.

He won.

It was only a non-title fight, scheduled for 10 rounds and waged against a tough but made-to-order opponent.

Still, Albuquerque native Johnny Tapia managed to make it a night to remember.

"I think the fans got their money's worth," promoter Lenny Fresquez said of Tapia's victory by sixth-round technical knockout of Cuauhtemoc "Famosito" Gomez on Saturday night at the Convention Center. "Johnny has a way of doing that."

Indeed, Tapia 34 years old and coming off a rare defeat as well as a five-month layoff performed at the height of his considerable powers on Saturday. …

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