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Tapia to fight Julio in New Mexico, then retire

Originally Published: January 18, 2007
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Johnny Tapia, who won five world titles in three weight divisions and excited fans with his brawling style, is coming home for a farewell fight.

Tapia (55-5-2, 28 KOs) announced at a Wednesday news conference that he will face Ilido Julio (33-10-1, 29 KOs) on Feb. 23 in a 10-round featherweight bout dubbed "The Final Fury" at the Isleta Casino and Resort in his hometown of Albuquerque, N.M.

Then, Tapia said, he is retiring.

Tapia, who turns 40 on Feb. 13, hasn't ...

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