Alias: Viper. Category: Lightweight. World Rank: 95. Age: 30. Height: 5' 7".
What does Mr. Vanzie say about his religion?
What do you hope to do after Boxing, are you interested in being a trainer or perhaps work in the media?
Dave my friend, I couldn't train any man to go through what I have had to endure in my career. I wouldn't be able to look at myself in the mirror. This is the hardest business out there and fighters do not receive a quarter of what they deserve monetarily speaking; most fighters don't earn in their lifetime what footballers earn in a week, you do the math!
I have just got a job working once a month on a very popular radio station, where I will be answering sporting questions and also covering high profile fights in the country, and in time, other countries. I love writing poetry, songs and stories, and hope to get them published at some stage, I am also a Jehovah?s Witness, don't be afraid...be very afraid (laughs), which takes up a lot of my time also, so my time will be spent doing the radio work, which hopefully will lead into TV. I also do some modelling along with the rest of my family, and, as I said, the writing and the ministry are also an important part of my life. My career in such a violent sport never married with my Christian beliefs but I have a family to support and know that I will not be judged harshly for this reason, though the day I do call it quits will be a joyous one.
According to the elder manual Pay Attention to Yourselves and to All the Flock, boxing is a disfellowshipping offense: "Wrongdoing is increasing in frequency and in depravity; such can infiltrate and affect the Christian congregation. (2 Tim. 3:1-5, 13; Jude 3, 4, 11-13) The Scriptures clearly show that Jehovah forbids certain conduct among his clean people; brothers need to uphold Jehovah's righteous standards regarding the following: Manslaughter. A degree of guilt could result from careless driving, careless maintenance of one's automobile, or other careless or thoughtless action that causes injury or death. (Compare Deuteronomy 22:8). Being a professional boxer may be viewed in a similar way. (w81 7/1, pp. 30-31)." Reference: http://www.hedning.no/hedning/arkiv/jv/unit5a.htm
Even more to the point, the same book on p. 142 says in a discussion on martial arts: "As in the case of a person who takes up professional boxing and continues in such a course, he would be expelled from the congregation."
But Mr. Vanzie knows that he "will not be judged harshly" for boxing?