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Johnny Tapia Day

Day includes statue unveiling, boxing matches, and concert

When

This event has already happened.
Sep 23, 2017
10:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Where

Wells Park Community Center and Civic Plaza
One Civic Plaza NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Description

10:00 AM - Dedication of Johnny Tapia Community Center at Wells Park

1:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Boxing and Music Event at Civic Plaza

Please join the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department in celebrating legendary 5-time boxing champion Johnny Tapia on September 23, 2017.  The day’s event will begin at 10:00 am with the renaming of the Wells Park Community Center, to the “Johnny Tapia Community Center at Wells Park.”

A statue of Johnny Tapia entitled “Boxing Victory 21 Celebration,” created by artist Steve Weems will also be unveiled at the Community Center.  Johnny Tapia was raised by his grandparents in Wells Park and participated in various recreation programs at the center where he later worked as a recreation leader.

From 1:00 - 5:00 pm, South Valley Boxing Club and Chavez Promotions presents a WBC and USA Boxing Tournament at Civic Plaza featuring amateur fighters from around the Southwest. Johnny Tapia’s sons, Johnny “Niccolai” Tapia, and Johnny “Lorenzo” Tapia will be making their first amateur fight appearance in Albuquerque at this boxing event.

A concert will follow at 5:00 pm with New Mexico Musicians:  Al Muniz with special guest Timo Martinez, Lori Ortega, Red Wine and Legacy of Santa Fe.

Both the concert and the boxing tournament are free.

In June 2017, Johnny was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Johnny always talked about his love for his hometown and September 23rd will be a day to honor Johnny Tapia’s world class achievements in the sport of boxing and pay tribute to a native son.

Price

Free
Johnny Tapia Day

Event Flyer

Contact

Nancy Montano
505-768-3127