Posters of Johnny Tapia appearing throughout city

Posted at: 10/02/2013 7:24 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

John Lee "Johnny" Tapia, the former five time boxing world champion, has been dead for more than a year now, but his story and his face live on in his beloved "Burque".

You may have seen his silhouette in various places, such as the Central Avenue Bridge, the John B. Robert Dam in the Northeast Heights, or in spots along Nob Hill and Downtown.

San Mateo also has the posters on display, which has some people who knew him personally, like Victor Lovato, reminiscing about the boxer, even during his crazier times.

"I went to school with him in middle school, and life was what it was. I kept in contact with him through the times and on the street. There were a lot of violent times," Lovato said.

The posters have done something else. They are creating a buzz for his documentary, which will be shown at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival on October 17th.

"I thought it was like for some low budget movie or a musical," said Jesse Rosier, who had noticed the posters and is now interested in watching the documentary.

Good luck trying to find these posters. Many have been taken down, but not because they’re littering the city. Many people are taking them home as souvenirs.