Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Tapia Unhappy The Last Time.(Sports)

Byline: Dennis Latta Journal Staff Wright

He Appears To Be More Content With the Officials This Go-Round

LAS VEGAS, Nev. New Mexico's Johnny Tapia is looking forward to a one-on-one fight.

The last time, he felt it was four-on-one and didn't like the odds.

Tapia (48-1-2) will face Texan Paulie Ayala (30-1) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in a rematch of the only professional fight Tapia has ever lost. On June 26, 1999, Ayala was awarded a unanimous decision over Tapia in a bout fought down the street from the MGM Grand at Mandalay Bay.

Tapia believes he won that fight and was cheated. So, he's interested in who the referee and judges will be this time. …

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