Created: 01/06/2014 11:06 AM WDIO.com
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The widow of world champion boxer Johnny Tapia has remarried.
KOB-TV reports representatives for Teresa Tapia confirmed Sunday that she married Johnny Tapia's half-brother, Jeffrey Padilla.
Tapia spokesman Julian Jiron says the marriage came "out of love, respect, and the preservation of the family and Johnny's legacy."
A wedding photo showed Teresa Tapia and Jeffrey Padilla joined by Johnny's sons, Johnny Tapia Jr. and Lorenzo Tapia.
In a statement, Teresa Tapia said she decided marrying Jeffrey Padilla would be best for the children, for a continuation of their sense of family.
Johnny Tapia died at his Albuquerque home in 2012. Investigators said there were no indications of a drug overdose or alcohol use but that the 45-year-old former fighter likely developed medical complications from past illegal drug use.
Information from: KOB-TV
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