Shiloh Fernandez to Play 'Mi Vida Loca' in Johnny Tapia FilmWritten by Lee Cleveland
American actor Shiloh Fernandez will portray Johnny Tapia in "Johnny," a film based on the life of three division, five-time world champion boxer Johnny Tapia, one of the most colorful and intriguing fighters inside and outside the ring in recent memory.
The movie will take viewers inside the tortured soul of Johnny Tapia, a world champion boxer whose success and accomplishments were overshadowed by a volatile drug addiction brought on by the brutal rape and murder of his mother at the young age of 8 years old.
Director Eddie Alcazar, who is co-writing the script, reveals Tapia's public struggles through intimate interviews, archival footage, and photos that showcase his vivacious personality and child-like gusto. With the love and support of his wife by his side, the film follows Johnny Tapia's rise to one of the most legendary fighters of our time, in and out of the ring.
The 27 year old Fernandez is arguably best known for starring in Red Riding Hood (2011). The American actor is also known for roles in TV's Jericho, Deadgirl and United States of Tara. Fernandez will star in the remake of The Evil Dead.
More on Johnny Tapia
Appropriately nicknamed 'Mi Vida Loca' (My Crazy Life), Johnny Tapia (59-5-2) succumbed to a heart-related ailment on May 27th. He was 45.
A legendary figure and fight favorite among boxing enthusiasts, Tapia's resilient life and career were marked by successes and setbacks, peaks and valleys, and ultimately triumph and tragedy.
The well-tattooed Mexican-American started boxing at nine and had an impressive amateur career, winning the National Golden Gloves titles in 1983 and 1985 in the light flyweight and flyweight divisions, respectively.
Ultra-talented in the ring but severely troubled outside it, the exciting and charismatic Johnny Tapia remained one of the most charming and electrifying figures in boxing during the 1990s and 2000s.
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Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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