Pazienza Proves You Can Go Home Again

by Barry Lindenman

Vinny Pazienza's boxing career resumed on Sunday night July 26th with a successful return to Foxwoods casino in Ledyard, Connecticut. His ten round majority decision over the veteran Glenwood Brown was in typical Pazienza fashion. After a slow start, which included a third round knockdown of the former world champion, Pazienza's momentum began in the fourth round and continued for the remainder of the exciting bout. His relentless attack to Brown's body slowed down his opponent enough to capture the nod from two of the three judges, with the third judge declaring the bout a draw.

Although Brown proved to be a tougher foe than even Pazienza had predicted, he simply wasn't as busy as the Pazmanian Devil was from the fourth round on. The super middleweight bout, which was televised on ESPN2, was Pazienza's first fight at Foxwoods since his falling out with the casino following his 1995 fight with Rafael Williams.

The sellout pro-Pazienza crowd at Foxwoods cheered wildly throughout the bout as he incorporated an effective body attack into his diverse arsenal and unorthodox style. Coming off a lackluster twelve round decision loss to Herol Graham, Pazienza showed once more that he's not done with boxing yet, despite the allure of a potential acting career in Hollywood, which is waiting in the wings.

Although Brown started the bout strong and punctuated his opening dominance with a third round knockdown of Pazienza, the knockdown proved to be a wake-up call for the former champ as he began the fourth round more aggressively and dominated the remainder of the fight. The fight was a typical Pazienza fight: full of the blood and guts determination that we are accustomed to seeing. His intensity ignited the crowd as well as earning the respect of Brown, who proved to be most gracious in defeat at the post-fight press conference.

Following the fight, Pazienza promised to stay busy with another fight tentatively scheduled for September and with his eyes set on a title fight with IBF Super Middleweight champion Charles Brewer before the end of the year.


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