ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A man who claims to be the biological father of the late boxer Johnny Tapia will need a DNA test to prove it.
A New Mexico judge ruled that week that Jerry Padilla must undergo a blood test to prove his claim after the fighter’s widow demanded it in a legal battle.
The widow, Teresa Tapia and Padilla have been at odds since the 2012 death of the Albuquerque-born Tapia over use of the fighter’s name and image. Teresa Tapia filed a lawsuit over the dispute last year.
Johnny Tapia won several championships in three weight classes.
During his professional career, he was banned from boxing for 3 1/2 years in the early ’90s because of his cocaine addiction but remained a hero among Albuquerque’s Mexican Americans.