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Vinny Paz was the sort of fighter you dont forget. Aaron Altherr Jersey . Everything about him was hyper, supercharged with the frantic energy of someone born without brakes.He was a cocky, over-the-top extrovert who called himself the Pazmanian Devil and once posed for a boxing magazine wearing a red cape and horns. But when he fought it was with unrestrained passion that belied his cartoonish persona.Vinny didnt always win, but he won 50 of his 60 pro fights and never gave less than everything he had. He was one of those guys who grins through the blood and keeps coming, and his loyal fans, the Pazmaniacs, were crazy about him from start to finish.The greatest measure of his indomitable spirit was returning to the ring just 13 months after breaking his neck in a 1991 auto accident. Told he might not even walk again, let along box, Vinny did what he always did. He took his fate into his own hands and went for it, working out against his doctors order while still encased in a circular metal brace screwed into the skull.Thats the kind of fighter Paz was and the kind of guy he still is, somebody who devours life and all its vagaries head-on. He turned pro in 1983 and fought his last fight in 2004, 21 years of high highs and low lows that have now been turned into a biopic called Bleed For This.Paz was headed home in his car when he answered the phone. He was leaving Rhode Island for California the next day for the movie premier and a media blitz, so he had to do the interview on the fly. After telling his raucous traveling companions to keep it down, Vinnie dove right into the topic at hand. Here, then, in his own words, are Paz Mans brutally candid memories of the best five fights of his career.W15 Greg Haugen IBF lightweight title -- June 7, 1987; Providence, Rhode IslandThe setup: We were the last two boxers in history to fight 15 rounds. I was psyched. I hated Haugen. He was a little punk bitch. The day of the fight I was as sick as a dog because I was struggling to make weight. When I finally made it, I pigged out and started throwing up -- diarrhea, too. They wanted call it off the fight, but I said, Dont call it off. Im OK. Dont worry about it. Im gonna fight. I thought if they changed the fight to another date, it would never happen.The fight: It was a rough and tumble. I won the fight in the 13th, 14th and 15th rounds. I was losing going into those rounds but I pulled it out at the end and I won a unanimous decision. I just wanted it more -- more heart, more determination, more perseverance. And I came out on top. All three judges had it 144-141.The aftermath: After that belt was mine, I felt great. It was the greatest feeling in my life. That day was special. I remember staying up all night, waiting for the Providence Journal to come out in the morning. I was on the front page. Haugen called me the other week. One of my buddies put him on the phone with me. I said, Dude, I still dont like you. What are you doing calling me?KO 12 Gilbert Dele WBA junior middleweight title -- Oct. 1, 1991; Providence, Rhode IslandThe setup: I fought at 132 pounds as an amateur but was never a really lightweight as a pro. By the time I fought Dele Id moved up to junior middleweight, where I felt great.The fight: Dele was pressing me so freakin hard. He put more pressure on me than anybody. If I werent so determined to win, that sucker would have worn me down. If you go back and watch that fight, youll see I was moving the whole time -- every second, every minute for almost 12 rounds. I didnt stop. I was sharp that fight, really on point. People didnt know I had a good defense because I bled a lot and they thought I was getting killed. But I was pretty cute on the ropes, and in the last round I came off the ropes with a left hook that cracked his jawbone. He walked away from me, bent over and holding his eye. I though, no m----- f-----, you tortured me and youre not getting away with just walking away. I went after him and hit him with another left hook for the finishing touch.The aftermath: The Dele fight was the best of my career. It was also my toughest ever. I beat a guy who was undefeated in 30 fights. Six weeks later I broke my back in a car accident.W 10 Roberto Duran Super middleweight -- June 5, 1994; Las VegasThe setup: I had a lot of respect for Duran. He was one of my heroes, but at the first press conference he was dogging the s--- out of me. I couldnt believe he was talking about me like that, so we went at it, neck and neck. I wasnt going to take no backseat to him. Walking to the ring at the MGM Grand in front of 15,000 people, I said to myself, All right, Paz Man, the crowd is going to be with him. But dont bug out. Do what you have to do. They introduced me first and I got such a big round of applause. I couldnt believe it. I thought OK theyre with me. Im gonna kill this guy. But when they introduced Duran, the roof almost came off the building [laughs].The fight: Once the fight started I thought, imagine this guy in his 20s and 30s. I was 33 at the time, but a young 33. He was 42. Duran was defensive master and as mean as they come. At first I couldnt hit him, but as the fight went on, I started reaching him a little bit more. In the fifth round I threw a bomb, and the next thing I know I see the canvas next to my eye. Hed nailed me with a straight right. I got up and went to a neutral corner and put my hand on the rope. I looked out into the crown and locked eyes with Montel Williams. I had done his TV show with my mother a month and a half ago. He was the coolest guy; really, really nice. Montel is cheering me on and pumping his fist in the air. At the end of the round, I chased Duran back to his corner and yelled, I aint going anywhere, Duran. He put his hands up and said, Loco, loco. Thats when I got his respect. I kicked his ass after that.The aftermath: I fought Duran again the next year, but it was different. Hed got old. It was an easy fight for me.KO 4 Dana Rosenblatt Super middleweight -- Aug. 23, 1996; Atlantic City, New JerseyThe setup: I picked Rosenblatt, who was 28-0, because Id just lost to Roy Jones and wanted people to know I could still fight. They screwed me on time of the Jones fight. They told me I was going to fight at 9:30-10:00, so I got all jacked up. I took my legal stuff and drank cappuccino, but I didnt fight until 10 minutes after midnight. I was dead. To beat Roy Jones I would have to be 100 percent and Jones 25 percent. But he was 100 percent and I was 50 percent. I was so bad that night that Jones stopped me in the sixth round. Anyway, I thought I was giving Rosenblatt a break so he could makes some money and bring him into the spotlight. Then the kid starts talking like hes gonna use me as steppingstone. He said I was just an old warrior and a good win for him. Thats why I hated him so much.The fight: Before I went out for the fourth round I told my trainer, Kevin Rooney, Im knocking this kid out. I was catching him with real clean shots and I knew he wouldnt be able to take it. I nailed him with a big bomb [that floored Rosenblatt. He beat the count but was badly hurt, and Vinny rushed in and pushed referee Tony Orlando aside in his eagerness to get to his victim. Orlando fell and Paz pummeled Rosenblatt with a flurry of punches. Commissioner Larry Hazzard jumped into the ring and stopped the fight. It was quite a scene].The aftermath: I hated Rosenblatt so much I wanted [to] bury him. They fined me $20,000. Wish I had that today. Every time I see Larry now I say, Hey, Larry, $20,000! He just laughs.W 1O Tocker Pudwill Super middlewweight -- March 27, 2004; Mashantucket, ConnecticutThe setup: I announced that this would be my final fight. I was hoping to go out with my 50th win, but I didnt want to take on just anybody. Pudwill was a legitimate fighter and had more than 40 fights. John Scully was my sparring partner for the Pudwill fight, and he told me that hed sparred with him and not to take him lightly. He can punch, said Scully. He has a big right hand. Tocker was as sweet as pie before the fight, but after the weigh-in I started to razz him a little, trying to get under his skin. I was yelling, Tocker, for the rest of your life youre going to be known as Vinny Pazs last win. Youre gonna be know as No. 50. It didnt bother him one bit. I thought to myself, this m----- f----- really thinks hes gonna beat you.The fight: He wasnt easy to hit, so in the second round I leaped in with a big left hook. It bounces off his head and I ended up crouched down in front of him. He hit me with a right hand on top of the head. The first thing I thought of was Scully telling me he had a big right hand. I didnt want Pudwill to know I was hurt, so I started moving around. I thought, you m----- f-----, 10 years ago I would have cleaned your clock. Then I thought, shut up Paz Man. Roberto Duran was thinking the same thing about you. Little by little I started to get to him. It wasnt easy, but I dropped him [in] the eighth and won a unanimous decision.The aftermath: I walked away feeling happy, confident and satisfied. I gave my heart and soul to my fans. I was done. Robin Roberts Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. Cheap MLB Jerseys . Andrew Luck lost his favourite target and the Indianapolis locker room lost one of its most revered leaders when Reggie Wayne was diagnosed Monday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will cost him the rest of the season. http://www.cheapphilliesjerseys.com/ . Capitals head coach Adam Oates said Ovechkin was injured in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday and clarified it was not a head injury. Fernando Alonso thinks McLarens performance at Silverstone so far is proof of the steady progress being made by the team.Alonso continued McLarens recent good Saturday form by securing the teams fifth Q3 appearance in six attempts, qualifying tenth for tomorrows British Grand Prix. His impressive performance came after regularly being in the top ten in the weekends practice sessions.The Spaniard thinks McLaren has simply built on the strength of recent weekends.Asked if Silverstone represented a sudden turning point in McLarens season, Alonso said: I think its been positive and strong for us. Obviously its a circuit that is demanding on car efficiency, power, on everything. So far, we have been more or less consistent in the top 10 in all sessions, so thats positive news.Thats probably the trend that we have seen in the last two months that we keep improving race after race. Thats positive but I dont think thats a grand prix different point from now on. 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