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50 Cent's documentary about the life of boxing star Johnny Tapia is getting a release date. 

Titled Tapia, the film will debut on HBO Tuesday, December 16th on HBO with additional airings on the 18th and 19th. Fifty serves as an executive producer on the film alongside boxing promoter Lou DiBella. The rapper says Tapia's story is one that "needed to be told" because so many people can relate to it.  He also says the story of Johnny's journey has touched him "greatly."  

Before his death in 2012, Johnny Tapia became a five-time world champion in three different weight classes.  During his life he also struggled with drug addiction and mental illness. 

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