Bunce Diaries | Issue | Premium | Nov 26 2019

The glory days of BoxNation

The impact of BoxNation should not be forgotten, writes Steve Bunce
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ANY week in British boxing that starts with Vinny Pazienza talking about fighting, sex and regrets and ends with tall tales from the glory nights of BoxNation being remembered is a decent week.

Paz was at Bar Sport in Cannock on Monday night telling bold stories of survival, lining up his rivals for merciless abuse and going through the graphic details behind some of his losses during a career that can be easily read like scripture across his face.

The unscrewing of his halo – the metal contraption that was fixed to his head after he broke his back – made just about everybody squirm and Cannock is not famous for its squirmers. “My skull had grown over the screws and when it was time for doctor to take them out – I swear he was screwing them the wrong way, going in and not coming out,” Paz recalls.

 

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