- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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When last seen in the ring, junior middleweight prospect Glen Tapia made his HBO debut, taking on fearsome puncher James Kirkland on Dec. 7 and suffering a sixth-round knockout loss in a hellacious fight in which Tapia took a bad beating over the last couple of rounds.
It’s too soon to say whether those rounds of severe punishment may have ruined a promising career but we may soon find out as Tapia is due to return to action on June 14 in the main event of a “Solo Boxeo” card (UniMas) at Bally’s Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J.
Tapia (20-1, 12 KOs), 24, of Passaic, N.J., will face Keenan Collins (15-8-3, 10 KOs), 37, of York, Pa., in a scheduled 10-round bout. Collins is coming off a fourth-round knockout to promising middleweight Daniel Jacobs on April 27.
In the wake of the defeat, in which Tapia’s corner and the referee were overly brave by allowing Tapia (20-1, 12 KOs), who was out of it, to continue, the fighter made a big change, demoting trainer Alex Devia (“Show me some hop!”) and hiring Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach to run his corner.
Tapia has been training with Roach at his Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif., in preparation for the bout.
"Glen is so happy getting back into the ring after a well-needed rest,” manager Pat Lynch said. “He is ready to achieve his goal of becoming a world champion. Glen couldn't be more happier training with Freddie. It's something Glen wanted since meeting Freddie when he was in the Philippines [in training camp with] Manny Pacquiao before his  fight with Antonio Margarito."
The card also will feature fights involving some of Top Rank’s best prospects, including Philadelphia super middleweight Jesse Hart (13-0, 10 KOs), Providence, R.I., featherweight Toka Kahn Clary (11-0, 8 KOs) and welterweight Egidijus Kavaliauskas (5-0, 4 KOs), a two-time Olympian from Lithuania.