Paul "The Ultimate" Vaden, a former IBF light middleweight champion has been retired since 2000, his dream of becoming a world champion began when he was a boy growing up in San Diego. His dream came true, but at a price. Today, Vaden is dedicated to giving back, working with a few charities that are close to his heart and working as a motivational speaker.
The life of Paul Vaden has come full circle, he has once again become a champion, but this time at life. His career has had twist and turns in and out of the ring, but the heart of a true champion will always prevail, Paul Vaden is living proof of this.
Vaden grew up in San Diego, one of the most beautiful cities in America, but every city has a side not seen in magazines or postcards. Vaden was raised in one of the poorest areas of San Diego and despite being surrounded by gangs and limited resources, Vaden had what many did not have, the riches of a caring and loving family.
Financially, Vaden's family struggled, but he says they never went without. Good values were taught at an early age to Vaden, values that would lead him to where he is now. After climbing to the top as a world champion. he would suffer tragedy in and outside the ring, yet somehow Vaden would manage to get his life back on track.
The dream of a fighter is to become a champion, only a select few ever reach the prize and is often only for a limited time. If achieved, it is a title that will always be connected to your name, it can never be erased or taken away after a career is long over. It is forever etched in history.
Working with charities such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Autism Comprehensive Educational Services (ACES), the San Diego Police Foundation and the San Diego Chapter for Big Brothers Big Sisters to name a few, the former world champion has dedicated his life to making the world a better place.
Vaden also has a new book coming out in the Fall of 2014, he said it will be addressing his Answer the Bell/Anti-Bullying Campaign. Working with the San Diego Police Department, Vaden also said he will be speaking at schools and being a part of forums specifically dealing with this sad dilemma.
In the coming weeks, Examiner.com will release a series of articles and exclusive interviews on Paul "The Ultimate" Vaden and his life after boxing. Without a doubt Vaden is a busy man and is in high demand, he will explain why these charities are important to him and how he can make a difference.