GLEN TAPIA READY TO PUT FIRST BIG NAME ON RESUME

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A very interesting fight between New Jersey’s own Glen Tapia and James Kirkland has been made for December 7 in Atlantic City.This is a huge step up for Tapia but one that can catapult him into serious title contention.Kirkland has not fought since his crazy DQ win over Carlos Molina a year and a half ago.Meanwhile Tapia has fought eight times and has looked more impressive in each fight.This should be a great, all action fight between two strong middleweights.The fight is set up at a max of 156 lbs.This was a sticking point in the negotiations and it almost nixed the fight but both fighters finally agreed upon that weight.

The good thing for Tapia is that the fight is in NJ and not out in Texas where Kirkland is from and where boxing slippery happens more than any other state in the U.S. Kirkland was on his way to a loss in the Molina fight until the ref DQ’d Molina for his team running in the ring before the round ended.Obviously they were looking for something to save Kirkland but we all know if that did not happen they would have just given Kirkland the decision anyway.If  Tapia can be patient and land some big shots on Kirkland he will win this fight.Kirkland is very strong but he is not anywhere near the boxer we all thought he was a few years ago.He is sloppy at times and can be hit easily especially when his head isn’t in the fight.Alfredo Angulo and Ishida showed us that Kirkland’s chin is very suspect.Tapia has enough power to tap Kirkland’s chin and I expect to see Kirkland knocked down if not out.Expect to see Tapia much sharper from the start and if he outboxes Kirkland early he can frustfrate him.That will lead to Kirkland doing what he always does which is look for the one big KO shot.If  Tapia can get to that point he can counter Kirkland with his own big shots and get the KO himself.Hopefully Tapia grabs this fight and moves on to much bigger and better things.

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