PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island boxing legend Vinny Paz’s life experiences lend themselves perfectly to the ultimate Hollywood comeback story.
On Nov. 18, Paz’s life story will hit the big screen in ‘Bleed for This.’
“I’m amazed and a little surprised at how well it came out, I really am,” said Paz in an interview with Eyewitness Sports Director Yianni Kourakis.
The film, starring Miles Teller, is already creating Oscar buzz.
Paz became friends with the star during their time spent shooting and promoting.
“I’m really happy with how they made Rhode Island a major factor in the movie,” said Paz.
Boxing scenes were shot at the Twin River.
At car accident in 1991 seemed to send Paz’s career to a screeching halt with doctors saying he may never walk again.
“I said, no Dr. Carter, you are wrong I am going to walk again.”
Five days later, Paz was back in the gym. A year later, he was in the ring.
The boxer went on to win three more titles after the accident. Out of all the awards, Paz said the first belt he won after the accident means the most to him.
Paz’s advice? With “four things, you can do anything: persistence, determination, work hard and don’t quit. And that pretty much conquers everything.”
Currently, Paz lives in Warwick, but he stated that he may soon be moving to the boxing Mecca of Las Vegas.