NBC 10 I-Team: Former boxing champ Vinny Paz arraigned on assault charges

Vinny Paz talks to reporters after an appearance in Providence District Court, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. (WJAR)

Former boxing champ Vinny Paz's once prized fists were locked up in handcuffs Wednesday.

He was charged with one count of felony assault in Providence district court after turning himself into to police earlier in the morning.

An arrest warrant was issued for him on Tuesday. Paz himself had two black eyes, and while he’s never shied away from a camera, the former champ, who recently had a major motion film made about his comeback career, was clearly told to stay mum about what happened.

“I got to go to the hospital,” said Paz when he was released on $5,000 personal recognizance.

A police report describes a wild incident late Monday night into early Tuesday morning.

Witnesses said Paz and his girlfriend showed up at a Providence apartment building on Hawkins Street and banged loudly on the door. A woman there said Paz rushed inside and accused Nathaniel Lavoie of stealing $16,000 in cash from him.

The argument then got out of control, said witnesses, with Paz allegedly punching, biting and knocking out some of Lavoie's teeth, then taking off in a black Jeep.

“Soon, I'll get you altogether and you'll see what happened,” said Paz, who claimed he’s the victim and that he has proof Lavoie robbed his Warwick home.

Lavoie, however, has a long criminal rap sheet.

“I am the innocent one. I got robbed,” said the former champ.

Lavoie told the NBC 10 I-Team that he didn't steal Paz’s money.

“He's an idiot. I didn't steal nothing. I don't need to steal nothing from nobody," he said Tuesday.

Judge Walter Gorman ordered the former champ to stay away from Lavoie.

Paz is due back in court on April 5.

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