Paz in 1994
|Real name||Vincenzo Edward Pazienza|
|Nickname(s)||"The Pazmanian Devil"|
December 16, 1962|
Cranston, Rhode Island, United States
|Wins by KO||30|
Vinny Paz, formerly Vinny Pazienza (born Vincenzo Edward Pazienza on December 16, 1962) is a former American boxer and World Champion in the Lightweight, Jr. Middleweight, Middleweight and Super Middleweight weight classes. He was also the United States Boxing Association's Jr. Middleweight Champion. He boxed under the nickname of "The Pazmanian Devil."
Vinny Pazienza built a reputation around the East Coast putting together an impressive streak of wins over fighters such 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, RI, where he outpointed Greg Haugen over 15 rounds to become the IBF World Lightweight Champion. The pair would meet two more times, Haugen recovering the title in an immediate rematch, and Pazienza prevailing in a 10-round decision in their rubber match in 1990.
Pazienza failed in title tries in the Jr Welterweight division in 1988 against WBC World Champion Roger Mayweather, then on February 3, 1990 vs WBO Champion Hector "Macho" Camacho, and also in 1990 against WBA World Champion Loreto Garza. It was during this period of time Pazienza was having difficulty making weight for his fights. In fact after the Roger Mayweather fight, Pazienza collapsed in the dressing room after the fight. He was rushed to an Emergency Room in Las Vegas and nearly died from severe dehydration. After the loss to Garza, Pazienza decided it was time to move up to a more natural weight class. It has been said that his then Manager Lou Duva did not want Pazienza to move up in weight due to the Duva's having Champions in other weight classes.
In 1991 Pazienza made the move to the Jr Middleweight division and in his first fight at this weight class won the USBA Championship against Ron Amundson in an impressive 12 Round decision. Pazienza looked faster, healthier and stronger. He then received a shot at the WBA World Title and was successful in defeating the then undefeated WBA World Jr. Middleweight champion Gilbert Dele with an 12th round TKO win in Providence, RI. With this World Title win Pazienza became the second fighter in Boxing history to win both the Lightweight and Jr. Middleweight World Championships. Pazienza was a huge underdog going into the fight and put on what many observers consider to be the finest performance of his career.
Shortly after winning the Jr Middleweight World title, he was forced to vacate it when he was involved in a serious car accident in which Pazienza suffered a broken neck. The Doctors told him he may never walk again and certainly would never fight again. Pazienza had to wear a medical device called a "Halo" which consists of a circular metal brace screwed into the skull in four spots and is propped up with four metal rods. Pazienza had the Halo screwed to his skull for 3 months. While Pazienza's neck was broken he maintained a workout regime against Doctors orders. 13 months after suffering a broken neck Pazienza returned to the ring and beat future WBC World Jr. Middleweight champion Luis Santana via a 10-round decision. It is considered the greatest comeback in Boxing history. The rights to this story have been sold to Verdi Corrente Productions and is set to be turned into a feature film dubbed Bleed for This in 2015. American actor Miles Teller will portray Paz.
After the Santana fight Pazienza then went on to defeat Brett Lally by a 6th round TKO and then TKO'D the former World Champion Lloyd Honeyghan in the 10th round. From there Pazienza went on to win the vacant IBO Middleweight World Title in 1993 with an 11th round KO over Dan Sherry.
Pazienza also went on to beat Roberto Duran twice, both via decision, with the IBC Super Middleweight title on the line both times. He then went on to lose a World title bid against the IBF World Super Middleweight Champion Roy Jones Jr. in June 1995. In 1996 Pazienza inflicted prospect Dana Rosenblatt's only loss (a knockout in 4 rounds) to win the vacant WBU Super Middleweight World Championship.
In early 2001 Pazienza legally changed his last name to Paz which he still goes by.
In 2002, Paz lost to WBC World Super Middleweight Champion Eric Lucas in what would be his last shot at a World Title.
In 2004, Paz fought in his last fight ever defeating Tocker Pudwill via 10 round unanimous decision. His record stands at 50-10-30, and won 5 World Titles; the IBF Lightweight Championship, WBA Jr. Middleweight Championship, IBO Middleweight Championship, IBC Super Middleweight Championship and the WBU Super Middleweight Championship. He also won the USBA (United States Boxing Association) title.
Outside of boxing, Paz was a guest star on Police Academy the Series, 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.
Professional boxing record
|50 Wins (30 knockouts, 20 decisions), 10 Losses (3 knockouts, 7 decisions) |
|Win||50-10||23x15px Tocker Pudwill||UD||10||27/03/2004||20x17px Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||95-93, 95-93, 96-93.|
|Loss||49-10||23x15px Eric Lucas||UD||12||01/03/2002||20x17px Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||WBC World Super Middleweight Title. 112-117, 111-117, 110-119.|
|Win||49-9||23x15px Levan Easley||UD||10||07/12/2001||20x17px Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||48-9||23x15px Tim Shocks||UD||10||21/09/2001||20x17px Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island, United States|
|Win||47-9||23x15px Pat Lawlor||KO||2||27/07/2001||20x17px Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island, United States|
|Loss||46-9||23x15px Aaron Davis||TKO||8||09/02/2001||20x17px Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:48 of the eighth round.|
|Loss||46-8||23x15px Dana Rosenblatt||SD||12||05/11/1999||20x17px Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||IBO World Super Middleweight Title. 113-115, 113-114, 115-112.|
|Win||46-7||23x15px Esteban Cervantes||SD||10||25/06/1999||20x17px Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||96-94, 97-93, 94-96.|
|Win||45-7||23x15px Joseph Kiwanuka||UD||10||09/04/1999||20x17px Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||96-94, 97-93, 97-93.|
|Win||44-7||23x15px Undra White||TKO||9||08/01/1999||20x17px Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:55 of the ninth round.|
|Win||43-7||23x15px Arthur "Ashe" Allen||UD||10||06/11/1998||20x17px Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||96-94, 98-93, 97-93.|
|Win||42-7||23x15px Glenwood Brown||MD||10||26/07/1998||20x17px Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||98-91, 96-93, 94-94.|
|Loss||41-7||23x15px Herol Graham||UD||12||06/12/1997||23x15px Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom||WBC International Super Middleweight Title. 113-116, 113-118, 112-117.|
|Win||41-6||23x15px Dana Rosenblatt||TKO||4||23/08/1996||23x15px Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||WBU World Super Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:13 of the fourth round.|
|Loss||40-6||23x15px Roy Jones, Jr.||TKO||6||24/06/1995||23x15px Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||IBF World Super Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:58 of the sixth round.|
|Win||40-5||23x15px Roberto Duran||UD||12||14/01/1995||23x15px Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||IBC World Super Middleweight Title. 117-111, 116-112, 118-110.|
|Win||39-5||23x15px Rafael Williams||UD||10||08/11/1994||20x17px Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||96-94, 98-92, 96-94.|
|Win||38-5||23x15px Roberto Duran||UD||12||25/06/1994||23x15px MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||IBC World Super Middleweight Title. 117-113, 117-112, 117-112.|
|Win||37-5||23x15px Jacques LeBlanc||UD||10||05/04/1994||20x17px Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||100-90, 100-90, 100-89.|
|Win||36-5||23x15px Dan Sherry||KO||11||28/12/1993||23x15px Ritz Carlton, Aspen, Colorado, United States||IBO World Super Middleweight Title.|
|Win||35-5||23x15px Robbie Sims||UD||10||26/10/1993||20x17px Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||97-93, 98-93, 99-93.|
|Win||34-5||23x15px Lloyd "Ragamuffin Man" Honeyghan||TKO||10||26/06/1993||23x15px Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 0:56 of the tenth round.|
|Win||33-5||23x15px "Irish" Brett Lally||RTD||6||02/03/1993||20x17px Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||Lally retired at 3:00 of the sixth round.|
|Win||32-5||23x15px Luis Santana||UD||10||15/12/1992||20x17px Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||100-90, 100-89, 100-88.|
|Win||31-5||23x15px Gilbert Dele||TKO||12||01/10/1991||20x17px Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, United States||WBA World Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:10 of the 12th round.|
|Win||30-5||23x15px Ron Amundsen||UD||12||02/07/1991||20x17px Providence, Rhode Island, United States||IBF USBA Light Middleweight Title. 118-111, 117-111, 118-110.|
|Loss||29-5||23x15px Loreto Garza||DQ||11||01/12/1990||23x15px Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, United States||WBA World Light Middleweight Title. Garza disqualified at 2:59 of the 11th round.|
|Win||29-4||23x15px Greg Haugen||UD||10||05/08/1990||23x15px Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||96-94, 97-93, 98-92.|
|Loss||28-4||23x15px Hector 'Macho' Camacho||UD||12||03/02/1990||23x15px Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||WBO World Light Welterweight Title. 116-117, 112-115, 109-119.|
|Win||28-3||23x15px Eddie VanKirk||TKO||5||27/11/1989||20x17px Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:41 of the fifth round.|
|Win||27-3||23x15px Vinnie Burgese||TKO||10||11/06/1989||23x15px Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:05 of the tenth round.|
|Win||26-3||23x15px Jake Carollo||TKO||2||14/04/1989||23x15px Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:58 of the second round.|
|Loss||25-3||23x15px Roger Mayweather||UD||12||07/11/1988||23x15px Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WBC World Light Welterweight Title. 108-118, 110-117, 110-117.|
|Win||25-2||23x15px Rick Kaiser||TKO||3||04/10/1988||23x15px Park West, Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||24-2||23x15px Felix "The Cat" Dubray||TKO||4||27/06/1988||20x17px Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, United States|
|Loss||23-2||23x15px Greg Haugen||UD||15||06/02/1988||23x15px Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||IBF World Lightweight Title. 138-147, 140-145, 138-147.|
|Win||23-1||23x15px Greg Haugen||UD||15||07/06/1987||20x17px Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, United States||IBF World Lightweight Title. 144-141, 144-141, 144-141.|
|Win||22-1||23x15px Roberto Elizondo||TKO||10||08/02/1987||20x17px Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:56 of the tenth round.|
|Win||21-1||23x15px Roger "Rabbit" Brown||TKO||4||08/11/1986||23x15px San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States|
|Win||20-1||23x15px Nelson Bolanos||TKO||6||18/09/1986||20x17px Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:48 of the sixth round.|
|Win||19-1||23x15px Harry Arroyo||UD||10||18/05/1986||20x17px Providence, Rhode Island, United States||49-41, 50-39, 49-38.|
|Win||18-1||23x15px Joe Frazier, Jr.||TKO||7||05/02/1986||20x17px Providence, Rhode Island, United States|
|Win||17-1||23x15px Melvin Paul||TKO||2||26/11/1985||23x15px Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||16-1||23x15px Jeff "Tazmanian Devil" Bumpus||UD||10||18/09/1985||23x15px Harrah's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||7-2, 7-3, 9-1.|
|Win||15-1||23x15px Antoine Lark||TKO||6||27/03/1985||23x15px Harrah's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:46 of the sixth round.|
|Loss||14-1||23x15px Abdelkader Marbi||TKO||5||01/12/1984||23x15px Palazzo Dello Sport, Milan, Italy|
|Win||14-0||23x15px Bruno Simili||TKO||3||17/11/1984||23x15px Riva del Garda, Italy|
|Win||13-0||23x15px Rich McCain||UD||8||29/08/1984||23x15px Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||12-0||23x15px Mike "Graham" Golden||PTS||8||15/04/1984||23x15px Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||11-0||23x15px David "Liberty" Bell||TKO||4||26/02/1984||23x15px Beaumont Civic Center, Beaumont, Texas, United States|
|Win||10-0||23x15px Jose "Cheo" Ortiz||KO||6||14/12/1983||23x15px Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||9-0||23x15px Emilio "Estevez" Diaz||TKO||3||02/12/1983||20x17px Warwick, Rhode Island, United States|
|Win||8-0||23x15px Robert "Louis" Stevenson||KO||1||27/10/1983||23x15px Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||7-0||23x15px Jim Zelinski||TKO||2||24/09/1983||23x15px Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||6-0||23x15px "Ricky" Ricardo Moreno||TKO||3||09/09/1983||23x15px Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5-0||Rafael Alicia||TKO||2||31/08/1983||23x15px Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:30 of the second round.|
|Win||4-0||23x15px Eddie Carberry||TKO||2||16/08/1983||23x15px Playboy Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||3-0||23x15px Patrick Dangerfield, Jr.||KO||2||10/07/1983||23x15px Caesars Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||2-0||23x15px Keith McCoy||KO||3||30/06/1983||23x15px Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||1-0||23x15px Alfredo Rivera||TKO||4||26/05/1983||23x15px Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
- "Warwick Beacon - Verdi Corrente Productions attaches young Hollywood to star in PAZ". Warwickonline.com. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
- "WWE News and Pro Wrestling Coverage Since 1987". PWTorch. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
- "Vinny Paz pleads no contest to disorderly conduct; assault charge dismissed", 11 Sep 2012, 
- "Bad Boy Boxer: Paz picked up on warrant" "Hot Boxing News", 23 Feb 2003. 
- "Vinny Paz Arrested for Domestic Abuse" Boxing Scene, 31 July 2007
|IBF Lightweight Champion
7 June 1987 – 6 February 1988
| Succeeded by|
|WBA Light Middleweight Champion
1 October 1991– 1992
Vacated, due to injury
| Succeeded by|
Julio César Vásquez