Pazienza was born and raised in Cranston, Rhode Island -- practically down the block -- and is fighting in only his second bout since vaulting up in weight from 140 pounds to 154. There was nothing like it. Call it the Gatti or Mancini factor, the ability to transcend the sport and mean more than just a win-loss record. After we were talking a little while, he says, ‘Vinny, I want to hang out with you a little bit. This seems to be the case in real life too, as Rooney was indeed concerned Vinny could re-injure his neck again, or even die. 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Pazienza, we're losing your son.' "I mimicked my life after him," said Vinny. After recovering from the accident, he won the vacant IBO Middleweight World Title against Dan Sherry in 1993 and the vacant WBU Super Middleweight World Championship against Dana Rosenblatt in 1996. In the center of the ring, the two fighters bounce jauntily on their toes. "It was a little weird watching someone play me, but Miles has been unbelievable," Paz says. I saw Muhammad Ali on TV, I loved him, that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. You gotta do this.’ He goes, ‘Yeah, yeah, Vinny, don’t worry.’ Second round, he’s not hitting me. The state credit unions, which weren't federally backed, were looted by a corrupt banker. The stands aren't filled with 10,000 ticket holders (like the night of the actual fight), but 1,000 extras have been lured with the promise of free sandwiches, soft drinks and the chance to win a WBA championship belt signed by Paz. Scott Caan and his dad, James, were asked to play Paz and his old man, Angelo. The 1991 Dele/Paz bout lasted 45 minutes with Paz earning the TKO victory in the 11th round. What should have been a $25 million dollar movie had less than $7 million for a budget. A month after the actual 1991 Dele/Paz fight, Pazienza cracked his third and fourth vertebra in a horrific car accident. As 1991 began to close, Pazienza was the owner of a 31-5 record, he was a former world lightweight champion, and on October 1, he scored what he today calls his greatest victory. Then there was Younger's challenge: making sure the movie magic looks real. Yes. Over the course of his career, he had a record of 50 wins (30 by knockout), 10 losses and 5 world titles. In their "Boxing's Book of Lists," boxing cognoscenti Bert Sugar and Teddy Atlas named Paz's return to the ring the second-greatest career comeback in the sport's history -- only behind 45-year-old George Foreman's 1994 upset of Michael Moorer. That was out of the question. There were doubts whether the then-28-year-old would walk again. I don't think about accidents.". But it was something that happened out of the ring that added a new layer to an already compelling story, one that will hit the silver screen when the feature film, Bleed for This, was released. Is this the right fight for both? "This is what I did for a living. His last shot for a title came in 2002 with a loss against WBC World Super Middleweight Champion Eric Lucas. With "Maty's" blessing (a silent "r" as Verdi pronounces it), the project quickly gathered momentum. Life is good for Pazienza these days, with Bleed for This packed with Hollywood heavyweights in the form of Aaron Eckhart and Katey Sagal, as well as director and writer Ben Younger and executive producer Martin Scorcese. Rumors that Tyson was partying more and training less might have also played a part in Rooney's ousting. “Not everyone gets it, I understand that. If he was lucky, doctors said, he'd walk again. Will Lopez beat Lomachenko? Can Kell Brook upset Terence Crawford? A year after breaking his neck, Paz returned to the ring. Frantic, captivating, often out of control. Vinny Paz never got knocked out. Rosenblatt would avenge his defeat a little over three years later, winning a controversial 12-round split decision. And then the bell rang, and I was like, ‘YES, THAT’S IT. But Pazienza continued to fight 23 more times, ending his career with a 50th win over Tocker Pudwill in 2004. “That’s one of the greatest comments ever. And when she said that to him, he grabbed me and he started shakin' me violently. The actors, according to Verdi, weren't "in tune" at the start, and tensions ran high. 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. “Gilbert Dele,” he said when asked for the fight he would put in his personal time capsule. Regardless, Rosenblatt dominated the first three frames, before a right hand from Pazienza decked him. ", Yes. Vinny Pazienza vs. Gilbert Dele Fight (1991) Just prior to the life-threatening November 1991 car accident that left him with a broken neck, Vinny Pazienza won the WBA Jr. Middleweight Title from defending champion Gilbert Dele on October 1, 1991 in Providence, Rhode Island. He rehabbed and rebuilt himself with the same maniacal style that earned him the moniker "The Pazmanian Devil." In January 1991, he lost $300,000 (about four-fifths of his money) in a Rhode Island banking scandal (The New York Times). So I don’t have an answer for them because I never thought about that. “I think I deserve to be in wholeheartedly,” Pazienza said. “I fought for 20 years as a pro, I entertained millions and millions of people, I brought millions of people to boxing that would have never watched boxing. According to the Bleed for This true story, Vinny Paz estimates that he has had his nose broken at least 100 times, which is emphasized to some degree in the movie. Angelo Pizzo, who'd penned the movies Hoosiers and Rudy, wrote the script. Published by Kelsey Media Ltd. Kelsey Media Ltd, Registered No. He said, 'Champ!' No. Don't go there!' Against doctors orders, he had supposedly begun to train just five days after doctors had screwed a Halo into his skull to hold his neck in place. If he was lucky, doctors said, he'd walk again. VINNY PAZIENZA was never going to sell mortgages. Luck had little to do with the nearly 21-year career of Pazienza, who mixed a blue-collar work ethic with crowd-pleasing flash to captivate fans around the world, while he won major world titles at lightweight and super-welterweight, as well as fringe ‘world’ titles at super-middleweight. I don't care you lost! Vinny Paz fought for twelve more years before finally retiring in 2004. As reported by The New York Times in 1992, Vinny Pazienza was not wearing a seatbelt during the crash that left him with a broken neck and nearly ended his career in boxing. I never once thought I wouldn’t fight. ", "A couple times I told him to stop crying," Pazienza says with a laugh, regarding Teller's training sessions. This was prior to breaking his neck. I’m moving around, I’m boxing, I’m popping him and he’s hitting me like a girl. He’s no angel, with a few run-ins with the law over the years, but Vinny Paz (he legally changed his name from Pazienza) still has that special something that few fighters possess. Pazienza, smelling blood, didn’t let his foe off the hook, and even when Orlando intervened, the Cranston native kept punching, the referee falling to the canvas as well. We just worked out in the weightlifting gym, got in the Camaro, you know, bald tires," recalls Vinny. Yes. However, it should be noted that a 1992 Baltimore Sun article supports the movie and quotes Vinny as saying, "I began working out a month after the accident." “The first round, he [Oliveira] wasn’t hitting me,” Pazienza recalled. I learned very quickly how some were great and some simply weren't.". He is widely associated with being Mike Tyson's trainer. "We had a good script but not a great one," Verdi explains in his heavy Rhode Island brogue. The story could have ended right there and been Hollywood-worthy. He was, is, and always will be a fighter. "Can't make a great movie with a good script -- and even with a great script, you can still make a bad movie.". Instead, a pro Haitian southpaw named Jean Pierre Augustin squares off against 29 year-old actor Miles Teller. Who has the edge in Taylor-Ramirez? I'm a fighter. I want to get your mannerisms down, I want to see what you do and how you talk. “That’s awesome,” he said. In the movie, after Vinny (Miles Teller) breaks his neck in a car accident and is outfitted with a metal Halo to hold his neck in place, trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart) tells him, "It's over. MMA, boxing and wrestling are all facing a major issue: a cracked combat sports pipeline. But I won five different ‘world’ titles, I won 50 fights, and I fought the best of the time. No offence to those who are in that line of work, but Vinny Pazienza is no mortgage broker. Yet if all goes as planned, Younger will have made a movie more memorable than the fight itself. "In the ring, he's good! “I didn’t want to sell mortgages, I didn’t want to deal with people. Foster began schooling Teller, and he asked the actor one simple thing that made all the difference: Can you dance? No one hit harder than him.”. "Miles is an extremely physical actor," Younger says. All we had to do was put the two and two together.". But it was so much more than that. The 2016 film Bleed for This is based on his comeback from a spinal injury. In November 1991, Vinny Pazienza was 29 years old and had just defeated Gilbert Dele (, Yes, and Vinny shared his reply to their prognosis in a. Balance, movement, generating power from the ground up.".
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