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UNDER SATURN: Johnny Tapia 1967-2012

Johnny Tapia had been killing himself—off and on, now and then, here and there—for years. Addicted to drugs, to prizefighting, to adrenalin rushes, and, finally, addicted to near-death experiences, Tapia was a junkie in a way that most junkies are not. Like a phoenix he rose from the ashes more often than anyone has a right to. Finally, he got it right. Or Death did. Between his battles with a beckoning grave, Tapia lived between the ropes. Call his sordid life a waste if you want; but for some of us, maybe, it was a gift. From The Cruelest Sport
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