In Answer the Bell: Inventing Your Life as a Champion, just released by Dandelion Books, retired Former World Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion Paul Vaden (“The Ultimate”) delivers a first-hand account of his meteoric rise from the streets of San Diego and the Jackie Robinson YMCA to Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and the memorable 1995 Pettway-Vaden match, when Vaden captured the world junior middleweight title with a TKO in the 12th round.
At age eight, when asked by his third grade teacher what he wanted to be in life, Vaden answered: “A World Boxing Champion!” Had he not been practicing already for three years in his neighbor’s South San Diego garage—laced into boxing gloves and dancing around a punching bag?
Twenty years later, Vaden achieved his goal.
Whether in the boxing ring facing an opponent or in the larger arena facing life’s challenges, Vaden has never hesitated to “Answer the Bell.”
Now trademarked as the Paul Vaden brand for his motivational seminars and corporate wellness programs, Answer the Bell is a fitting title for The Champ’s first book.
A popular public speaker, Vaden also appears regularly on national television.
He provides individuals of all ages and backgrounds specific recipes for managing stress and maintaining a balanced lifestyle.
Vaden generously gives back to the community, speaking often at area schools where he inspires young people to follow their passion and go for their dreams.
“Everyone can be a Champion,” says Vaden.
"Paul strives every single day to better himself. He teaches others, and at the same time, asks questions and learns from others so that he can continually improve... I consider myself very fortunate to have crossed paths with Paul Vaden and to be able to call him a friend.” —Steve Altman, Vice Chairman, Qualcomm, Inc, www.qualcomm.com.
“Paul makes a great boxing commentator for WealthTV’s live events. He’s articulate, and charismatic… there are a lot of great life lessons to learn from the boxing game, and I’m pleased that Paul is opening up and sharing his wisdom with our viewers.” —Charles Herring, President of WealthTV, www.wealthTV.com PaulP