ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque City Council has shelved a proposal to rename a community center after the late boxer Johnny Tapia.
Councilman Ken Sanchez proposed renaming Wells Park Community Center after the five-time champion who spent time there as a child.
KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/V5Fw7b) says critics pointed to Tapia’s drug addiction and legal troubles as reasons why the proposal shouldn’t go through.
Sanchez wants to pursue other options, like naming a room or gym after Tapia.
He’s planning a neighborhood meeting sometime in the next two weeks to get ideas from the public.
The 45-year-old Tapia was found dead May 27 at his Albuquerque home.
His turbulent boxing career was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and run-ins with the law.
Tapai’s widow says he died from heart disease and high blood pressure.