Bleed for this movie: How good of a boxer was Vinny Pazienza

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Boxing stories have been a long time favorite subject in Hollywood that it has produced over seventy movies since the 1930s. It’s been perennially consistent in the box office, and one movie that hopes to make it big this year is a biographical boxing film entitled Bleed for this.

A trailer of the film starring Miles Teller has been released Wednesday, and its director Ben Younger says the movie follows the story of former Super Middleweight champion Vinny Pazienza in what is considered the greatest comeback story in boxing history.

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Shortly after winning the WBA Jr. Middleweight title against Gilbert Dele, Pazienza was involved in a serious automobile accident that broke his neck. Doctors were afraid he would never walk again.

During the entire ordeal, all the champion ever thought of was to fight again.

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But how good really was Pazienza, nicknamed the Pazmanian Devil? He held titles at Lightweight, Light Middleweight and Super Middleweight.

He was more of a fighter than a boxer, and the better it bodes for the movies.

He fought best against Dele and was wonderful to watch against co-fighters, and brawlers.

For measure, how well did he do against Roy Jones? Vinny Pazienza did not stand a chance. Roy Jones, who was undefeated when to beat Pazienza every round of that fight. He began the round with his trademark left hook and jabbed his way through most of the rounds.

Vinny Pazienza worked his way to get on Jones so he could smother him against the ropes but was only mildly successful. Jones fended him off, and Pazienza was left to capering around, or, slinking back, which was uncharacteristic of him. He had his moments of flurries, which made him popular as the “Pazmanian Devil” but Jones was never really in danger.

Roy Jones knocked him down hard twice before finally leveling him on the canvas. He just couldn’t reach the bigger and more talented Roy Jones, but fought all he could, just as he had done when doctors thought he’d never walk again. The referee supported his head, as he struggled to stand up and continue to fight.

He went on to fight for more than ten years, lost a total of ten fights his entire career (50-10), but to the fans and, more importantly to himself, he could not be defeated

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