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Glen Tapia – Profile



GLEN “Jersey Boy” TAPIA
Age: 23 (12-11-89)
Residence: Passaic, New Jersey
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey
Record: 20-0, 12 KOs
Height: 5’11”
Reach: 73”
Stance: Righthanded
Managers: Pat Lynch (former manager of Arturo Gatti), Sal Alessi
Trainer: Alex Devia

GLEN “Jersey Boy” TAPIA (18-0, 10 KOs)…
• Ranked WBO #9, IBF #10, WBC #24 at 154 pounds…
• NABO jr. middleweight champion…
• 2006 Junior Olympic National Championships (amateur), 145 Pounds – Gold Medalist…

At the age of 23 – with 24 coming four days after this fight – Glen is a five-year pro. A rising young
contender at 154 pounds, he has stayed active in the ring and made good progress. This is his fifth fight of
2013, and he fought four times in 2012.

His co-manager, Pat Lynch, was the longtime manager of former IBF junior lightweight and WBC
super lightweight world champion Arturo Gatti.

Glen stepped up in class of opposition in recent fights and gave impressive performances – on July 12,
he won by eighth-round TKO against previously undefeated fellow-prospect Abie Han.

He is coming off a fifth-round TKO win against veteran Elco Garcia in his last fight on September 28.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: The 23-year-old Tapia is a crowd-pleasing
prospect…. In his most recent fight, he stopped then-undefeated Abie Han in July in a fierce battle. This
time out, Tapia took on Garcia….

Garcia proved to be no match for the younger, stronger, hungrier Tapia, who pounded him throughout
the fight. Garcia was game but outgunned. Tapia, using a mixed attack to the head and body, manhandled
Garcia for the first four rounds and then put him out of his misery in the fifth. He hurt Garcia with a series of
right hands, forcing him to grab on to stay upright. Then Tapia put together a sustained flurry with both
hands until Garcia finally fell to the mat. Garcia, badly dazed, appeared to beat the count, but he was in no
condition to continue. [The] referee called off the fight with one second left in the round. [End Rafael item]
Glen said, “I’m always in the gym. After a fight, my coaches really have to tell me, ‘Get out the gym and
take a break.’

“I want to entertain – this is what I live for. I love boxing – I love being in that ring more than anything. I
want to show people that I’m more than just a prospect and I’m here to stay.”

Glen was Manny Pacquiao’s main sparring partner for the Antonio Margarito fight and spent five
weeks in Pacquiao’s training camp in the Philippines.

Regarding his nickname, Glen said, “My nickname is ‘Jersey Boy’ now. A couple of years ago, when I
was in the Philippines, somebody was like, ‘Oh, there’s that Jersey kid.’ Somebody else said, ‘There’s that
Jersey boy.’ I was in the middle of a crowd – there were so many people around me in the mall – and I
started signing autographs. Somebody just said it in the crowd and it stuck to me. I just stayed with it. I
thought, ‘That could be something good.’ ”

Fight by Fight – 2013 – in his last fight on 9-28-13 in Atlantic City, NJ, he won by TKO (5th round) against
Elco Garcia (27-8): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at Bally’s Event Center, and Glen dominated the
fight; he consistently outworked Garcia, landed the harder punches, and rocked him repeatedly;
Tapia staggered Garcia with a series of right hands in the 5th round, then scored a knockdown moments
later with a series of punches – Garcia got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:59;
after the fight, Glen said, “I’m my own toughest critic. The crowd was happy and I’m here to entertain, so
that’s good. But I was trying too hard to knock him out from the first round. I should’ve taken my time and I
would’ve gotten him out of there way earlier.”…

On 7-12-13 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (8th round) against previously undefeated Abie Han (19-0):
the scheduled 10 rounder was co-featured with the Chris Avalos-Drian Francisco main event, and it was a
fast-paced, exciting fight; Han gave a strong effort and had several rallies, but Glen consistently outworked
him and dominated much of the fight; Han was cut on the left side of his head by a clash of heads in the 4th
round, but landed a hard left hook to the body in the 5th; Glen came back and scored a knockdown with a
right hand in the 7th round when Han, now cut over his left eye, was held up by the ropes, then rocked him
with a series of punches later in the round; the referee stopped the fight after the round; after the fight, Glen
said, “I always wanted to be in a war. Watching Arturo Gatti fights, I would think, ‘Wow! I want to do that. I
want to fight somebody that fights like me, that has a perfect style for me to go to war with.’ I didn’t think it
was going to come in this fight, but surprisingly it did. I just showed what I knew I had inside of me, that I
won’t quit and that I’m a warrior. This is what I’m made for. I love fighting like that. But I’m smart, too, so I’m
going to show more than that.”…

On 4-13-12 in New York, NY, he won an 8 round unanimojus decision against Joseph de los Santos (14-
10-3): the bout was on the undercard of the Guillermo Rigondeaux-Nonito Donaire main event; Glen
consistently outworked de los Santos and landed the harder punches, and won by shutout scores of 80-72
on all three scorecards…

On 1-19-13 in New York he won by TKO (2nd round) against Ayi Bruce (22-8): the scheduled 8 rounder
was on the undercard of the Mikey Garcia-Orlando Salido main event, and Glen quickly overpowered him;
he scored a knockdown with a rigtht hand in the 2nd round – Bruce got up, but Glen rocked him with a
series of unanswered punches and the referee stopped the fight at 2:33…

2012 – on 10-27-12 in El Paso, TX, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against late substitute Dashon
Johnson (13-7-3): the scheduled 8 rounder was on the undercard of the Alejandro Lopez-Takalani Ndlovu
main event; Glen outboxed and outworked Johnson, and dominated most of the fight; Glen was cut near
his hairline by a clash of heads in the 2nd round, but came and staggered Johnson with series of punches in
the 4th; scored 79-73, 79-73, 78-74; after the fight, Glen said, “It was a tough fight. He was a durable guy.
He came to fight and I gave the fans a good show – they were happy with the fight. But this makes me want
to work harder. It makes me want to not even get a little tired during a fight. I’m actually real happy this
happened, that I went eight rounds. It was a good learning experience for me. I’m my worst critic. I’m happy
with the lesson that it gave me, but I’m not 100 percent happy with my performance. I’m still an eight round
fighter. I’m young and I will get better.”…

On 8-18-12 in Atlantic City, NJ, he won by knockout (1st round) against late substitute Franklin Gonzalez
(15-10): the scheduled 8 rounder was co-featured at Bally’s, and Glen quickly overpowered him; he scored
two knockdowns in the 1st round, and Gonzalez was counted out at 2:05…

On 7-7-12 in Toa Baja, PR, he won by TKO (1st round) against Carlos Garcia (6-10-1): the scheduled 6
rounder was co-featured at Coliseo Antonio R. Barcelo, and Glen quickly overwhelmed him; he scored a
knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round, and Garcia was counted out at 2:00…

On 4-27-12 in Reading, PA, he won by knockout (3rd round) against Manuel Guzman (7-15-2): the
scheduled 6 rounder was co-featured at the Reverb Club, and Glen dominated; he outworked Guzman,
landed the harder punches, and scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 3rd round; he scored
another knockdown with a series of punches in the 3rd, and Guzman was counted out at 0:27…

2011 – on 12-3-11 in New York, NY, won by knockout (2nd round) against Mike Ruiz (15-6): the scheduled
4 rounder was on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito II main event, and Glen quickly
overpowered him; Ruiz rocked Glen in the 2nd round, but Glen came back and staggered him with a series
of punches, then scored a devastating knockdown with a right hand and Ruiz was counted out at 2:27
On 9-16-11 in South Bend, IN, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Marcus Thompkins (5-4-1):
the fight was co-featured at the Joyce Center at Notre Dame University – alumnus Mike Lee headlined the
first boxing card ever held on campus – and Glen dominated; he consistently outworked Thompkins and
landed the harder punches; Glen scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, then scored another knockdown in
the 3rd; scored 60-52 on all three scorecards…

On 6-25-11 in Philadelphia, PA, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Taronze Washington (14-
15): the bout was on the undercard of the Mike Jones-Raul Munoz main event, and Glen dominated; he
consistently outworked Washington, landed the harder punches, and rocke him repeatedly; scored 60-54
on all three scorecards…

On 3-26-11 in Atlantic City he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Eberto Medina (5-5): the bout
was on the undercard of the Yuriorkis Gamboa-Jorge Solis main event, and Glen dominated; he
consistently outworked Medina, landed the harder punches, and scored a knockdown with a jab late in the
3rd round; scored 60-53, 60-52, 59-54…

2010 – on 10-30-10 in Atlantic City he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Quinton Whitaker (7-7):
the bout was co-featured at Bally’s; Glen consistently outworked Whitaker and landed the harder punches,
but his jaw was broken in the 3rd round; Glen kept pressing forward, and staggered Whitaker in the 6th;
scored 59-55 on all three scorecards…

On 6-12-10 in New York he won by TKO (2nd round) against Nick Runningbear (4-2): the scheduled 6
rounder was on the undercard of the Ivan Calderon-Jesus Iribe main event, and Glen quickly overpowered
him; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 2nd round – Runningbear got up, but Glen rocked him
with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:36…

On 4-17-10 in Atlantic City, NJ, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against James Winchester (10-3):
the fight was on the undercard of the Sergio Martinez-Kelly Pavlik main event, and Glen dominated; he
scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 2nd round, consistently outworked Winchester, and landed the
harder punches; scored 40-35 on all three scorecards…

On 3-20-10 in Key West, FL, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Carlos Rodriguez (3-2): the scheduled 4
rounder was on the undercard of the Odlanier Solis-Car Drumond main event, and Glen dominated; Glen
landed a left hook to the body in the 1st round that apparently broke Rodriguez’ protective cup, which fell
down one of the legs of his trunks and had to be repaired; when the action resumed, Glen pressed forward,
rocked Rodriguez several times, and Rodriguez did not continue after the 2nd round; the local commission
records it as a TKO at 0:01 of the 3rd round…

On 2-27-10 in Atlantic City, NJ, he won by TKO (1st round, 1:00) against Tyrone Miles (1-2)…
2009 – on 6-13-09 in New York, NY, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against David Lopez (3-1-1):
scored 40-36, 40-36, 39-37…

On 5-1-09 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (2nd round, 0:34) against Juan De Leon (1-1)…
He debuted at the age of 19 on 12-13-08 in Atlantic City and won by TKO (2nd round, 1:00) against Edward
Smith (1-1)…

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Glen said, “I was born and raised in Passaic, New Jersey. I got
an older brother, he’s four years older than me, and a younger sister sister, she’s four years younger than
me. My mom works for a water company in the city, and my father works at DPW in the city – public works.
My grandfather on my mother’s side was a boxer in the Dominican Republic. He used to box out there as
an amateur.

“I started boxing when I was eight years old. My brother and the other kids in the neighborhood
used to box, and I started doing it because of them.

“I wanted to spar my first day in the gym, but they wouldn’t let me. On the second day they let me
spar. I did good against the first kid, then the second kid beat me up real bad. I started crying and stuff.
There were so many kids coming in and out that they thought I wouldn’t come back. But I came back the
next day. I really trained hard because I wanted to beat that kid up, but I never got to. He was bigger than
me, and he just kept beating me up. I always tried to figure out – who was that? But I don’t know who it is.
But training to beat that kid up, I fell in love with it.

“Then I started falling off of it – when I was like, nine, I was leaving the gym. I used to fight a lot in
the streets, then George Martinez, he’s my other coach – he was a cop – he put me back into boxing. He
got me to be serious about it. He used to hear about me and what I was doing, and it was like a punishment
a little bit for fighting in the street. He just told me to stay in the gym – he said, ‘Come on, you got to do
this!’ So he brought me back. He really saved my life. It gave me something to do.

“I had 143 amateur fights, with 13 losses. I won the Junior Olympic Nationals in 2006. I competed
in a couple of other nationals when I was younger. I won the Silver Gloves in 2003, I think. I was like, 95
pounds – I was a little kid. I won the Ringside Tournament in 2004, I think, at 119. I used to be short, so I
had to brawl to come in.”…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:
2008 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Colorado Springs, Colorado, 152 pounds: in his first
fight on 3-10-08 he lost a 13-10 decision against Errol Spence…

2006 WORLD CADET CHAMPIONSHIPS – Istanbul, Turkey, 145 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST:
in his first fight on 8-6-06 he stopped Jamsran Chulvunbaatar of Mongolia; in the quarterfinals on 8-9-06
he won a 16-14 decision against Batirjon Makhmudov of Uzbekistan; in the semifinals on 8-12-06 he lost
a 23-17 decision against Dmitriy Smirnov of Russia…

2006 JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Marquette, Michigan, 145 POUNDS –

GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals on 6-29-06 he stopped (2nd round) Edward Campos of Merced,
Calif.; in the semifinals on 6-30-06 he stopped (3rd round) Carlos Andrade of Phoenix, Ariz.; in the finals
on 7-1-06 he won a 31-13 decision against David Garcia of Oxnard, Calif….

STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style and good punching power…physically strong…has good skills and
movement…is experienced against good opposition…had a strong amateur background…

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 5 years …20 fights…80 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.7 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 55 %…

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 8 rounds – 2 (2-0)…6 rounds – 4 (4-0)…