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U.S. Five-time world champion overdoses on cocaine
Latest Updated by 2007-03-13 16:49:31
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Five-time world boxing champion Johnny Tapia was hospitalized in critical condition on Monday after an apparent cocaine overdose in his hometown Albuquerque of New Mexicao.

Police spokeswoman Trish Hoffman said the 40-year-old Tapia was taken to Presbyterian Hospital after paramedics responded to an early morning call about a person who wasn't breathing at a hotel room.

"It appears to be an overdose," Hoffman said. "He will be charged with possession of a controlled substance."

Police discovered a plastic bag containing a white substance, which Hoffman said was confirmed by tests as cocaine.

Tapia's latest problem with drugs comes just over two weeks after he won a majority decision over Evaristo Primero. That fight was billed as Tapia's farewell performance from the ring. He has a56-5-2 record.

Tapia was banned from boxing for 3 years in the early 1990s because of his cocaine addiction. He spent six months in rehabilitation in 2003 after a collapse at home and later that year police said he overdosed on prescription pills.

Inside the ring, Tapia won five titles in three weight classes, celebrated victories with a back flip. Tapia won the WBA bantamweight title, the IBF and WBO junior bantamweight titles and the IBF featherweight belt.

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By: Source:China View website
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