Former boxing champion Vinny Paz (formerly Vinny Pazienza) has run into some legal issues after being accused of attacking and hospitalizing a Rhode Island man, according to ESPN. Paz, 55, contends that he really the victim in the incident though, saying he had been robbed and simply hand to handle the business...
According to Providence police, they were called to a home early this morning by which time Paz had already left the premises. Witnesses told police that Paz accused a friend of stealing $16K from him and then went to work on him. The man suffered a number of broken teeth, bite marks which broke the skin, and a black eye.
Police then issued a warrant for Paz for felony assault.
Speaking to a local news station about the incident, Paz was unapologetic for what transpired, saying:
"Bottom line is, I got robbed. And when that happens, you gotta do what you gotta do," he said in a brief interview with WPRI-TV outside his home in Warwick, before getting into an SUV and being driven away.
Paz, who was a very popular fighter in his heyday, recently gained even more notoriety when the 2016 film Bleed For This hit movie theaters. The film recounts Paz's comeback to boxing after breaking his neck in a car accident.