Vinny Paz

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Vinny Paz
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Paz in 1994
Statistics
Real name Vincenzo Edward Pazienza
Nickname(s) The Pazmanian Devil
Weight(s) Lightweight
Light middleweight
Super middleweight
Height 5 ft 7 12 in (1.71 m)
Reach 70 12 in (179 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1962-12-16) December 16, 1962 (age 55)
Cranston, Rhode Island, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 60
Wins 50
Wins by KO 30
Losses 10

Vinny Paz (born Vincenzo Edward Pazienza; December 16, 1962), formerly Vinny Pazienza, is an American former professional boxer who held world titles at lightweight and light middleweight. The 2016 film Bleed for This is based on his comeback from a spinal injury.

Career[edit]

In the 1980s, Pazienza built a reputation along the East Coast, defeating such opponents as Melvin Paul (KO 2), Joe Frazier Jr. (TKO 7), Harry Arroyo (UD 10), Nelson Bolanos (TKO 6), and Roberto Elizondo (KO in 10). His first world title fight came on June 7, 1987, in Providence, Rhode Island, where he outpointed Greg Haugen over 15 rounds to become the IBF world lightweight champion.[1][2] The pair would meet two more times: Haugen recovering the title in an immediate rematch,[3][4][5] and Pazienza prevailing in a 10-round decision in their rubber match in 1990.[6]

Pazienza failed in title tries in the junior welterweight division: in 1988, against WBC World Champion Roger Mayweather and in 1990, against both WBO Champion Hector "Macho" Camacho and WBA World Champion Loreto Garza.[7][8]

In 1991, Pazienza moved into the junior middleweight division. In his first fight at junior middleweight, he won the USBA championship against Ron Amundsen in a 12-round decision. He defeated the WBA world jr. middleweight champion Gilbert Delé with a 12th-round TKO in Providence, becoming the second fighter in boxing history to win both the lightweight and junior middleweight world championships.[8][9]

Pazienza was forced to relinquish the title due to a serious car accident in which his neck was broken. Doctors informed him he might never walk again and would certainly never fight again. Pazienza had to wear a medical device called a Halo, a circular metal brace screwed into the skull in four spots and propped up with four metal rods. He had the Halo screwed to his skull for three months, during which time he maintained a workout regimen against doctors' orders.[10][11] He returned to the ring thirteen months after the accident and defeated future WBC world jr. middleweight champion Luis Santana by a 10-round decision.[9][12]

After the Santana fight, Pazienza went on to defeat Brett Lally by a 6th-round TKO,[13][14] and then, in another TKO, former world champion Lloyd Honeyghan in the 10th round.[15][16] Pazienza went on to win the vacant IBO middleweight world title in 1993 with an 11th-round KO over Dan Sherry.[17] Pazienza then went on to beat Roberto Duran twice, both via decision, with the IBC super middleweight title on the line both times.[18]

In June 1995, Pazienza lost his world title bid against IBF world super middleweight champion Roy Jones Jr.[19][20] In 1996, Pazienza inflicted then-prospect Dana Rosenblatt's only loss (a knockout in four rounds) to win the vacant WBU super middleweight world championship.[21][22]

In early 2001, Pazienza legally changed his last name to Paz.[23] In 2002, he lost to WBC world super middleweight champion Eric Lucas in what would be his last shot at a world title.[24] In 2004, Paz fought in his last fight, defeating Tocker Pudwill via 10-round unanimous decision. His record stands at 50-10, with 30 wins by knockout and five world titles (the IBF lightweight championship, WBA jr. middleweight championship, IBO super middleweight championship, IBC super middleweight championship, and the WBU super middleweight championship). He also won the USBA title.

Television/film appearances[edit]

Outside of boxing, Paz was a guest star on the TV series Police Academy, a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, was featured on The Montell Williams Show, served as a guest security guard on an episode of The Jerry Springer Show, and refereed the Brawl for All fight at WrestleMania XV between Bart Gunn and Butterbean.[25] He appeared in the unreleased 1997 movie The Good Life.[26]

The 2016 film Bleed for This is based on his comeback from a spinal injury, and stars Miles Teller as Pazienza.[27]

Legal issues[edit]

Paz has been arrested on a variety of charges, including alcohol-related offenses, domestic violence, passing bad checks, and disorderly conduct.[28][29][30][31][32]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
60 fights 50 wins 10 losses
By knockout 30 3
By decision 20 6
By disqualification 0 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
60 Win 50–10 United States Tocker Pudwill UD 10 Mar 27, 2004 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.
59 Loss 49–10 Canada Eric Lucas UD 12 Mar 1, 2002 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S. For WBC super middleweight title
58 Win 49–9 United States Levan Easley UD 10 Dec 7, 2001 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.
57 Win 48–9 United States Tim Shocks UD 10 Sep 21, 2001 United States Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island, U.S.
56 Win 47–9 United States Pat Lawlor KO 2 (10), 1:52 Jul 27, 2001 United States Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island, U.S.
55 Loss 46–9 United States Aaron Davis TKO 8 (10), 1:48 Feb 9, 2001 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.
54 Loss 46–8 United States Dana Rosenblatt SD 12 Nov 5, 1999 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S. For vacant IBO super middleweight title
53 Win 46–7 Mexico Esteban Cervantes SD 10 Jun 25, 1999 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.
52 Win 45–7 Uganda Joseph Kiwanuka UD 10 Apr 9, 1999 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.
51 Win 44–7 United States Undra White TKO 9 (10), 2:55 Jan 8, 1999 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.
50 Win 43–7 United States Arthur Allen UD 10 Nov 6, 1998 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.
49 Win 42–7 United States Glenwood Brown MD 10 Jul 26, 1998 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.
48 Loss 41–7 United Kingdom Herol Graham UD 12 Dec 6, 1997 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, England For WBC International super middleweight title
47 Win 41–6 United States Dana Rosenblatt TKO 4 (12), 2:13 Aug 23, 1996 United States Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Won vacant WBU super middleweight title
46 Loss 40–6 United States Roy Jones, Jr. TKO 6 (12), 2:58 Jun 24, 1995 United States Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. For IBF super middleweight title
45 Win 40–5 Panama Roberto Duran UD 12 Jan 14, 1995 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained IBC super middleweight title
44 Win 39–5 Panama Rafael Williams UD 10 Nov 8, 1994 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.
43 Win 38–5 Panama Roberto Duran UD 12 Jun 25, 1994 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant IBC super middleweight title
42 Win 37–5 Canada Jacques LeBlanc UD 10 Apr 5, 1994 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.
41 Win 36–5 Canada Dan Sherry KO 11 (15), 2:59 Dec 28, 1993 United States Ritz Carlton, Aspen, Colorado, U.S. Won vacant IBO super middleweight title
40 Win 35–5 United States Robbie Sims UD 10 Oct 26, 1993 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.
39 Win 34–5 United Kingdom Lloyd Honeyghan TKO 10 (12), 0:56 Jun 26, 1993 United States Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
38 Win 33–5 United States Brett Lally RTD 6 (10), 3:00 Mar 2, 1993 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.
37 Win 32–5 Dominican Republic Luis Santana UD 10 Dec 15, 1992 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.
36 Win 31–5 France Gilbert Delé TKO 12 (12), 2:10 Oct 1, 1991 United States Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S. Won WBA light middleweight title
35 Win 30–5 United States Ron Amundsen UD 12 Jul 2, 1991 United States Providence, Rhode Island, U.S. Won IBF USBA light middleweight title
34 Loss 29–5 United States Loreto Garza DQ 11 (12), 2:59 Dec 1, 1990 United States Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, U.S. For WBA light welterweight title
33 Win 29–4 United States Greg Haugen UD 10 Aug 5, 1990 United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
32 Loss 28–4 Puerto Rico Hector Camacho UD 12 Feb 3, 1990 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. For WBO light welterweight title
31 Win 28–3 United States Eddie VanKirk TKO 5 (10), 2:41 Nov 27, 1989 United States Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
30 Win 27–3 United States Vinnie Burgese TKO 10 (10), 1:05 Jun 11, 1989 United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
29 Win 26–3 United States Jake Carollo TKO 2 (10), 1:58 Apr 14, 1989 United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
28 Loss 25–3 United States Roger Mayweather UD 12 Nov 7, 1988 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. For WBC light welterweight title
27 Win 25–2 United States Rick Kaiser TKO 3 (10), 1:24 Oct 4, 1988 United States Park West, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
26 Win 24–2 United States Felix Dubray TKO 4 (10), 1:34 Jun 27, 1988 United States Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
25 Loss 23–2 United States Greg Haugen UD 15 Feb 6, 1988 United States Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Lost IBF lightweight title
24 Win 23–1 United States Greg Haugen UD 15 Jun 7, 1987 United States Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S. Won IBF lightweight title
23 Win 22–1 United States Roberto Elizondo TKO 10 (10), 2:56 Feb 8, 1987 United States Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
22 Win 21–1 United States Roger Brown TKO 4 (?), 2:53 Nov 8, 1986 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, U.S.
21 Win 20–1 Ecuador Nelson Bolanos TKO 6 (12), 2:48 Sep 18, 1986 United States Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
20 Win 19–1 United States Harry Arroyo UD 10 May 18, 1986 United States Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
19 Win 18–1 United States Joe Frazier, Jr. TKO 7 (10), 1:52 Feb 5, 1986 United States Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
18 Win 17–1 United States Melvin Paul TKO 2 (10) Nov 26, 1985 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
17 Win 16–1 United States Jeff Bumpus UD 10 Sep 18, 1985 United States Harrah's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
16 Win 15–1 United States Antoine Lark TKO 6 (8), 2:46 Mar 27, 1985 United States Harrah's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
15 Loss 14–1 France Abdelkader Marbi TKO 5 (?) Dec 1, 1984 Italy Palazzo Dello Sport, Milan, Italy
14 Win 14–0 Italy Bruno Simili TKO 3 (8) Nov 17, 1984 Italy Riva del Garda, Italy
13 Win 13–0 United States Rich McCain UD 8 Aug 29, 1984 United States Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States Mike Golden PTS 8 Apr 15, 1984 United States Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States David Bell TKO 4 (8) Feb 26, 1984 United States Beaumont Civic Center, Beaumont, Texas, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Jose Ortiz KO 6 (?), 2:37 Dec 14, 1983 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Cuba Emilio Diaz TKO 3 (?) Dec 2, 1983 United States Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Robert Stevenson KO 1 (6), 1:45 Oct 27, 1983 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Jim Zelinski TKO 2 (6) Sep 24, 1983 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Ricardo Moreno TKO 3 (6), 2:42 Sep 9, 1983 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Rafael Alicia TKO 2 (4), 2:30 Aug 31, 1983 United States Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Eddie Carberry TKO 2 (4) Aug 16, 1983 United States Playboy Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Patrick Dangerfield, Jr. KO 2 (4) Jul 10, 1983 United States Caesars Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Keith McCoy KO 3 (?) Jun 30, 1983 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Puerto Rico Alfredo Rivera TKO 4 (4) May 26, 1983 United States Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.

References[edit]

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Achievements
Preceded by
Greg Haugen
IBF Lightweight Champion
June 7, 1987 – February 6, 1988
Succeeded by
Greg Haugen
Preceded by
Gilbert Delé
WBA Light Middleweight Champion
October 1, 1991 – 1992
Vacated, due to injury
Succeeded by
Julio César Vásquez