Peter McNeeley

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Peter McNeeley
Statistics
Real name Peter Smith McNeeley
Nickname(s) Hurricane
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Reach 77 in (196 cm)
Nationality Irish-American
Born (1968-10-06) October 6, 1968 (age 45)
Boston, Massachusetts
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 54
Wins 47
Wins by KO 36
Losses 7
Draws 0

Peter McNeeley (born October 6, 1968 in Medfield, Massachusetts) is a former heavyweight boxer, best known for his 1995 fight with Mike Tyson in which McNeeley had famously vowed to wrap Tyson in a "cocoon of horror."[1] McNeeley fought aggressively and was knocked down twice within the first two minutes as a result. McNeeley was disqualified after his manager Vinnie Vecchione stepped into the ring to stop his fighter from taking any more punishment after the second knockdown. TV Guide included the fight in their list of the 50 Great TV Sports Moments of All Time in 1998.[2]

Early life[edit]

McNeeley is the son of former heavyweight contender Tom McNeeley. Peter McNeeley is a graduate of Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and holds a bachelors degree in political science.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

After his loss to Tyson in 1995, McNeeley won the USBF heavyweight championship with a second round stoppage of Mike Sam at the Fleet Center in Boston. He recorded four consecutive early-round knockouts over a nine month stretch before he suffered another setback at the hands of journeyman Louis Monaco in Denver on July 13, 1996.

Apart from the fight with Tyson, other notable opponents include Eric "Butterbean" Esch, Henry Akinwande and Brian Nielsen. Esch stopped McNeeley in the first round in their meeting in 1999, while Akinwande was able to stop him in the second round of their meeting in 2001.

Now living in Norwood, Massachusetts, McNeeley spends his time in the gym teaching others to box.[citation needed]

Legal troubles[edit]

In 1995, McNeeley was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.[3]

In March 2006, McNeeley was arrested in Norwood, Massachusetts, after he punched a man and stole his wallet containing 200 dollars.[4]

In June 2006, McNeeley was arrested for driving the getaway car used in a robbery of a Walgreens in Stoughton, Massachusetts. After searching the car, police recovered $180 in cash and a black fanny pack which had also been stolen from the store.[5] The charges were later reduced to larceny. Since 2006 Peter has devoted his time to his daughter, several charities, Including The HUG Foundation of MA and The Robin Kaplan Memorial Golf Tournament and he does motivational speaking.

Professional boxing record[edit]

47 Wins (36 knockouts), 7 Losses, "0 Draws" [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 47-7 South Africa Mike Bernardo TKO 2 08/06/2001 South Africa Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa WBF World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:41 of the first round.
Loss 47-6 United Kingdom Henry Akinwande KO 2 17/03/2001 Florida Tallahassee, Florida, United States WBC International Heavyweight Title. McNeeley knocked out at 2:05 of the second round.
Win 47-5 United States Joe Siciliano TKO 1 17/06/2000 Massachusetts Leominster, Massachusetts, United States Siciliano knocked out at 2:57 of the first round.
Win 46-5 United States Jeff Jones TKO 1 18/11/1999 Mississippi Tunica, Mississippi, United States Referee stopped the fight at 1:05 of the first round.
Loss 45-5 United States Butterbean TKO 1 26/06/1999 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the first round.
Loss 45-4 Denmark "Super" Brian Nielsen KO 3 12/02/1999 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark McNeeley knocked out at 1:54 of the third round.
Win 45-3 United States Harry Funmaker UD 6 08/10/1998 Missouri Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 44-3 United States Dan Kosmicki UD 6 17/04/1998 Connecticut Uncasville, Connecticut, United States 59-54, 60-53, 59-54.
Win 43-3 United States Larry Menefee DQ 8 10/01/1998 California Studio City, California, United States Menefee was disqualified at 2:19 of the eighth round for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Win 42-3 United States Doug "Dig Em' Up" Davis UD 6 05/12/1997 Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 41-3 United States Domingo Monroe DQ 4 12/08/1996 New York Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Loss 40-3 United States Louis "The Facelifter" Monaco TKO 5 13/07/1996 Colorado Denver, Colorado, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:57 of the fifth round.
Win 40-2 United States Marc Machain TKO 1 22/06/1996 Massachusetts Whitman, Massachusetts, United States
Win 39-2 United States Juan Quintana KO 2 27/04/1996 Massachusetts Whitman, Massachusetts, United States
Win 38-2 United States Harold "Hackey" Reitman TKO 1 12/12/1995 Florida Punta Gorda, Florida, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:32 of the first round.
Win 37-2 United States Mike Sams KO 2 27/10/1995 Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States USBF Heavyweight Title. Sams knocked out at 1:43 of the second round.
Loss 36-2 United States "Iron" Mike Tyson DQ 1 19/08/1995 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States McNeeley disqualified at 1:29 of the first round when his trainer entered the ring.
Win 36-1 United States Frankie Hines TKO 1 22/04/1995 Arkansas Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:06 of the first round.
Win 35-1 United States Danny Wofford TKO 1 17/03/1995 Massachusetts Worcester, Massachusetts, United States Referee stopped the fight after the first round.
Win 34-1 United States Jerry Barnes KO 1 10/02/1995 Arkansas Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States Barnes knocked out at 2:38 of the first round.
Win 33-1 United States Kevin Wyrick TKO 1 20/01/1995 Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:22 of the first round.
Win 32-1 United States Lorenzo Boyd TKO 1 11/11/1994 Massachusetts Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:53 of the first round.
Win 31-1 United States J.B. Williamson TKO 1 08/10/1994 Massachusetts Whitman, Massachusetts, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:01 of the first round.
Win 30-1 United States Quinton Hardy KO 1 29/08/1994 Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky, United States Hardy knocked out at 2:50 of the first round.
Win 29-1 United States Dwayne Hall TKO 1 22/07/1994 Massachusetts Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:25 of the first round.
Win 28-1 United States J.B. Williamson TKO 2 24/06/1994 Massachusetts Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States
Win 27-1 United States Wayne Perdue TKO 1 30/04/1994 Massachusetts Whitman, Massachusetts, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:20 of the first round.
Win 26-1 United States Lopez McGee TKO 1 13/04/1994 North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Win 25-1 United States Herman Jackson TKO 2 08/04/1994 Arkansas Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Loss 24-1 United States Stanley Wright TKO 8 18/02/1994 Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States New England Heavyweight Title
Win 24-0 United States Larry Davis TKO 1 21/01/1994 Massachusetts Lowell, Massachusetts, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:40 of the first round.
Win 23-0 United States Howard "Butch" Kelly UD 8 24/11/1993 Florida Sarasota, Florida, United States
Win 22-0 United States Dwayne Hall UD 6 06/11/1993 Massachusetts Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States
Win 21-0 United States Juan Quintana UD 8 10/09/1993 Massachusetts Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Win 20-0 United States Robert Pagan Perez TKO 3 14/08/1993 Massachusetts Whitman, Massachusetts, United States
Win 19-0 Puerto Rico Miguel Rosa KO 2 07/06/1993 Massachusetts Revere, Massachusetts, United States Rosa knocked out at 1:55 of the second round.
Win 18-0 United States Marc Machain KO 7 08/05/1993 Massachusetts Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States Machain knocked out at 1:40 of the seventh round.
Win 17-0 United States Phil Prince TKO 1 09/04/1993 Massachusetts Whitman, Massachusetts, United States
Win 16-0 United States John Basil Jackson TKO 5 05/03/1993 Massachusetts Whitman, Massachusetts, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:55 of the fifth round.
Win 15-0 United States Jesus Rohena TKO 2 20/02/1993 Massachusetts Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:11 of the second round.
Win 14-0 United States Ron Drinkwater TKO 1 30/01/1993 Massachusetts Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:08 of the first round.
Win 13-0 United States Jimmy Harrison UD 6 10/12/1992 Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 12-0 United States Lorenzo Poole KO 2 13/11/1992 Massachusetts Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States
Win 11-0 United States Shawn Bryant KO 1 21/10/1992 Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 10-0 United States Van Dorsey TKO 1 28/09/1992 Massachusetts Waltham, Massachusetts, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:02 of the first round.
Win 9-0 United States Jimmy Harrison TKO 3 12/09/1992 Massachusetts Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Win 8-0 United States Jimmy Harrison UD 4 19/06/1992 Massachusetts Somerville, Massachusetts, United States
Win 7-0 United States John Basil Jackson PTS 4 13/06/1992 Massachusetts Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Win 6-0 United States Jerry "The Pit Bull" Arentzen TKO 1 23/04/1992 Connecticut Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:15 of the first round.
Win 5-0 United States Jesus Rohena TKO 1 28/02/1992 Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:40 of the first round.
Win 4-0 United States Phil Prince TKO 1 15/02/1992 Massachusetts Brockton, Massachusetts, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:39 of the first round.
Win 3-0 United States Kevin Chisolm TKO 1 07/12/1991 Massachusetts Fall River, Massachusetts, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:51 of the first round.
Win 2-0 United States Fabian Arroyo TKO 1 24/10/1991 Massachusetts Worcester, Massachusetts, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:24 of the first round.
Win 1-0 United States Van Dorsey KO 1 23/08/1991 Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States Dorsey knocked out at 0:50 of the first round.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Big Question". Sports Illustrated. 1995-08-21. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  2. ^ "50 Greatest TV Sports Moments of All Time", TV Guide, July 11, 1998
  3. ^ Ellement, John (November 15, 1995). "McNeeley pleads not guilty to Roxy assault". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "'Hurricane' McNeeley arrested for assault". USA TODAY. 2006-03-02. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  5. ^ "'Hurricane' McNeeley arrested in holdup". USA TODAY. 2006-06-29. Retrieved 2009-05-30.