Rhode Island

Retired Boxer Vinny Paz Pleads Not Contest to Domestic Assault Charges

Five-time world boxing champion Vinny Paz appeared in a Rhode Island court after being arrested following what police are calling a "domestic incident."

Paz pleaded no contest in Kent County District Court to assaulting his girlfriend, and received a one-year suspended sentence and one year of probation.

Paz faced a judge hours after Warwick police forced their way into his home following a call at about 3 a.m. by a relative of Paz's girlfriend.

Police said the woman had been assaulted, with injuries to her face.

The 55-year-old Paz has also been ordered to stay away from the victim and undergo counseling.

Outside of court, Paz told reporters, "Nothing happened. I'm always innocent." He also said he does not have a problem with alcohol.

He gave autographs to fans as he left the courthouse.

Paz is still facing charges after his arrest in January for allegedly assaulting a man he accuses of stealing from him. He has maintained his innocence and says he is the victim in that case.

He is known for coming back after he broke his neck in a car crash. His story was dramatized in the 2016 film "Bleed for This," starring Miles Teller.

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