The return of Johnny Tapia is shaping up for March 6 at the Ohkay Casino in N.M. In the main event, Tapia (56-5-2, 28 KOs) will be taking on former sparring partner Jorge Reyes (21-27-3, 17 KOs), of El Paso/Juarez. This fight is NOT an exhibition as we were originally told by the Tapia camp. Despite Reyes having lost 17 out of his last 20, this fight has apparently been given the green light by the re-formed San Juan Athletic Commission, which last operated in 2005. The New Mexico Athletic Commission has nothing to do with this fight, which is held on tribal land on the San Juan Pueblo outside Espanola, N.M.
Tapia looking sharp: Despite a three-year layoff, the former five-time champ is looking sharp, according to trainer Henry Anaya, Jr. Anaya is not only training Tapia for this fight, but his son, Henry “Poison” Anaya III, who will be turning pro on the card. Anaya will face experienced MMA fighter-turn-boxer Manuel “Mano” Otero, who is 5-8 in the cage. Also making his pro debut will be Johnny Tapia’s son, Jonathan Chavez Tapia, who’s fought five times as an amateur. — Chris Cozzone