Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Ayala and His Two Johnnys.(Sports)

Byline: RICK WRIGHT Of the Journal

The last time Paulie Ayala fought a guy named Johnny, he didn't look nearly as good as the time before.And he knew it.

"He made me look awkward," Ayala told his hometown newspaper, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, after his successful but unexpectedly difficult World Boxing Association bantamweight title defense in Las Vegas, Nev., on March 4. "I was able to land one or two (punches). He would move, and I'd have to set up and start all over again.

"He was a pretty slick fighter. I was trying. But he was slick."

Who was this slick Johnny that had made the champ look bad? Certainly not New Mexico's Johnny Tapia. …

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