October 20, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Former five-time world champion boxer
Johnny Tapia is behind bars again.
The New Mexico Department of Corrections says Tapia was taken into custody and booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque on Monday after violating the terms of his parole.
Corrections spokeswoman Tia Bland says Tapia traveled to Red River last weekend without permission from his parole officer. He also entered a bar while in Red River and was involved in some type of verbal confrontation, both violations of his parole.
The boxer was placed on a year of parole in May after a judge determined that he had violated the terms of an earlier release.
Tapia's most recent legal woes began in 2008 after he pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a near-fatal overdose and was sentenced to probation.