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article imageFormer Pacquiao sparring partner Glen Tapia scores TKO win

By Leo Reyes     Mar 7, 2015 in Sports
Former Pacquiao sparring partner Glen Tapia of New Jersey has scored a TKO victory over Daniel Dawson of Australia Saturday night at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China to win the WBO NABO super welterweight title.
Tapia (23-1, 15 KOs), who was unbeaten in 20 pro fight until his lone loss to James Kirkland in 2013, is now on his three-fight winning streak under the tutelage of seven-time "Trainer of the Year," Freddie Roach.
The 25-year-old Tapia dominated Dawson(40-5-1, 26 KOs) in the undercard of the Zou Shiming-Ruenroeng title match Saturday night to win the WBO NABO super welterweight title.
Tapia showed patience with Dawson in the early rounds but in the third round he caught Dawson with heavy blows and finished him with a series of combinations, forcing the referee to stop the fight at 1:42 of the third round.
While Tapia had known Roach before his loss to Kirkland in 2013, the New Jersey-based boxer was fighting under his former trainer, Alex Devia.
After his loss to Kirkland, Tapia decided to move over to Roach's Wild Card Gym and took Roach as his official trainer.
“This is a big opportunity for me. I have a career and I got to think about that first,” Tapia said after signing up with Roach.
Tapia recalled his visit to the Philippines to act as one of Manny Pacquiao's sparring partners, saying he learned a lot from his short association with Pacquiao and Roach.
“I saw what Freddie had in the Philippines. When I came back to New Jersey after that camp it was like a new me. He teaches everything. Just talking to him and being in the ring he teaches you so much. I know what he can bring. He can bring a lot. It’s opportunity," Tapia said.
With the convincing win, Tapia should now be aiming for a major title fight this year.
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