“Neighborhood war” for New England’s best fighter
Vinny Pazienza (Paz) lived the roller-coaster career. He suffered the neck injury in the 1991 car accident and miraculously came back to the ring in 1992. Paz took off 14 months after Roy Jones Jr., destroyed in by TKO in 1995. 24-year-old Dana Rosenblatt was an undefeated southpaw who held the WBU (World Boxing Union) Middleweight belt. No love lost between the two, Rosenblatt and Paz fought to determine New England’s best fighter.
Rosenblatt showed off his height advantage with right jabs to start the fight. during the first round, Rosenblatt caught Paz with a crisp jab, sending Paz to a knee. However, Paz shot up and sent Rosenblatt through the ropes with a left haymaker. No knockdowns were counted. Rosenblatt continued to use his jab, swelling Paz’s eye shut through the fourth round. But midway through the fourth, Paz shot an overhand right, sitting Rosenblatt on the canvas. Rosenblatt rose to his feet but was greeted with vicious combos in the corner. Referee Tony Orlando jumped in to stop the fight and ended up on the canvas as well. Paz won the fight by TKO in the fourth.
The two men met again in November 1999 for the vacant IBO Super Middleweight title. Rosenblatt won via split decision, avenging his only professional loss. Vinny fought until 2004, retiring with 50 victories.