Ex-boxing champ Vinny Paz turns self in on assault charge

Vinny Paz –Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police in Rhode Island say that ex-boxing champion Vinny Paz, whose comeback story after a car crash was dramatized in the 2016 film “Bleed for This,” has turned himself to face a felony assault charge.

WJAR-TV reports that Paz surrendered Wednesday morning, a day after Providence Police issued an arrest warrant. Paz is accused of beating a man and sending him to the hospital.

Paz was set to be arraigned later in the morning in Providence District Court.

Paz made a series of statements on Twitter and to local media on Tuesday defending his actions and saying that he was the victim. He told WPRI-TV that he got robbed, “and when that happens, you gotta do what you gotta do.”

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