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Tapia film to debut

Fri., June 14, 2013, midnight

A documentary on the rise and fall of multiple-time world champion boxer Johnny Tapia premieres this weekend. “Tapia” is scheduled to be shown Saturday at the Los Angeles Film Festival and will feature some of the late boxer’s final interviews. Boxing promoter Lou DiBella and hip-hop artist 50 Cent have acquired the rights to the film. Eddie Alcazar, director of “Tapia,” says 50 Cent will help reach a broader audience and that the rapper is on board with keeping the film as it was created. Tapia died last year at his Albuquerque, N.M., home. His turbulent boxing career was marked by cocaine addiction, depression and run-ins with the law. – AP

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