"By the early 40's he had had it. Training professional fighters and caring for them the way he (Ray Arcel) did takes a lot out of a person. It can be very frustrating and emotionally draining. He'd been in the game for over 20 years. He wanted a change. He took a job in private industry and was out of the business for 5 or 6 years. And then he saw Ezzard Charles beat Charley Burley twice and he was so amazed at the incredible talent of Ezzard Charles that he wanted to be involved in training this super fighter. But Charles was soon drafted into the army and didn't fight again for nearly 3 years. During that time Ray took a job in private industry, eventually returning to the ring as Charles's trainer after the war." AUTHOR MIKE SILVER on Ray Arcel's on/off love affair with the fight game. After becoming the victim of a Mob 'warning attack' he was lucky to come away from, in the early 50's (due to his stance against the rackets) he stayed away for a more extended break but in 1972 he returned again with Rocky Marciano's old cuts man Freddie Brown because his interest had been peaked again by, one, Roberto Duran. "Nobody had to teach Duran how to fight. The first day I saw him - not in New York, I saw him in Panama - I told everybody around him, '..don't change his style. Leave him alone. I don't want anybody to ever tell him what to do. Let him fight.'"
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Vinny Paz - the greatest ever comeback from injury? [Part 1 of 3]
Vinny Paz (born Vincenzo Pazienza until he legally changed his name to Paz in 2001), fought at lightweight up to super middleweight and held recognised world titles at lightweight and light middleweight.
Paz forged and rough, no nonsense reputation becoming one of the most exciting fighters of his era. Living up to his nickname “The Pazmanian Devil”, he was known for fast living outside the ring just as much as he was for his uncompromising style inside it.
Paz first held world title honours when he won the IBF lightweight title, outpointing Greg Haugen over 15 rounds in 1987. Paz lost his title in the rematch before getting the win in their trilogy fight years later.
Paz was then badly beaten by Roger Mayweather on July 11, 1988 for the WBC light welterweight championship in Las Vegas. Losing by unanimous decision, Vinny later collapsed in his dressing room from severe dehydration and was rushed to hospital where he almost died.
Following the loss, his manager Lou Duva advised him to do other things. But not to be deterred, Paz continued to fight. Under the tutelage of Mike Tyson's former trainer Kevin Rooney, Paz bulked up, jumped two weight divisions and claimed the WBA light-middleweight title from Gilbert Dele with a 12th round TKO in 1991, becoming the second fighter in history to win both lightweight and light middleweight world championships.
A few weeks later, Paz was riding as a passenger with his friend and involved in a head-on car crash, resulting in Paz cracking two vertebrae, snapping his neck in two places and dislocating it in another. Doctors advised Paz could be paralysed and would unlikely walk again, let alone box. Resigned to a hospital bed for 3 months, Paz had to wear a medical device called a Halo, a circular metal brace screwed into his skull in 4 places and propped up with metal rods.
After telling doctors: “you're wrong, you don't understand what kind of man I am” Paz eventually returned home and began working out in secret, even from his family. Still wearing the Halo, one bump could have severed his spinal cord but Paz pumped weights regardless.
Vinny Paz - the greatest ever comeback from injury? [Part 2 of 3]
When it was time, and not being one to do drugs, Paz had the Halo removed without any morphine. But while Paz felt ready to climb back between the ropes, nobody wanted to spar with him as one punch might kill him. However, a good friend, Ray Oliveira, finally agreed to trade some blows. Paz reflects on their spar: “First round he wouldn't hit me. Second round he wouldn't hit me. Third round I started smashing him, he was covering up on the ropes and suddenly he started punching me back. There were 30 seconds of mayhem and when the bell went, I went over to Kevin Rooney and my father in the corner and we started hugging and high-fiving each other. That was when I knew I was going to do it." Remarkably he returned to the ring only 13 months after breaking his neck and defeated future WBC world jr. middleweight champion Luis Santana by a 10-round decision. Paz would go on to be involved in a string of impressive fights including a 10th round TKO victory over former world champion Lloyd Honeyghan and an 11th round KO over Dan Sherry, for the vacant IBO title in 1993.
18 months and 6 fights after his accident, Paz fought the great (but now over the hill) Roberto Duran in Las Vegas. Before the fight Duran claimed he would break Paz’s neck again, and dropped Paz in the 5th round. Paz climbed off the canvas, survived the round and followed Duran to his corner shouting “I ain’t going nowhere!” Duran responded calling Paz “loco” (crazy), but Paz went on to beat Duran and beat him again in their rematch, winning both bouts via decision.
Following the Duran fights, Paz secured a world title shot against IBF super middleweight champion Roy Jones Jr. Paz lost, and would end his career with a record of 60 fights, 50 wins (30 by KO) and 10 losses. Paz held 2 recognised world titles: IBF lightweight and WBA jr. middleweight, plus 3 other “world titles” at super middleweight: IBO, IBC and WBU. As well as his losses to Roy Jones and Roger Mayweather, Paz also failed in title tries against WBO champion Hector "Macho" Camacho and WBA champion Loreto Garza.
Vinny Paz - the greatest ever comeback from injury? [Part 3 of 3]
Since retirement, Paz has been arrested on a variety of charges, including alcohol-related offenses, domestic violence, passing bad checks, and disorderly conduct.
Paz has dated a succession of porn stars, including “Queen of the Adult Industry” Jenna Jameson. He claims his list of sexual conquests is 1,000 long, with around half of those playmates, strippers and porn stars. He even blamed his world title defeat to Britain's Herol Graham on his sex drive, saying he took three porn stars to the fight which “probably wasn’t a good idea.” Throughout his life, Paz claims to have spent $15 million in casinos, including losing $100,000 in one single wild casino night.
Paz’s comeback from his spinal injury has been made the subject of a feature film: Bleed For This. Released in 2016, it grossed $6.6 million at the box office. Vinny claims to have advised the actor playing him in the film, Miles Teller, to wear a banana in a scene where he is wearing just skimpy briefs. “I want to keep it real,” said Paz.
In 2017 Paz filed to sue the makers of the film claiming he had not been paid $175,000 of his $300,000 fee and his name had been forged on some of the contract documents (because they were signed Pazienza rather than Paz).
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