Tom McNeeley

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Thomas William McNeeley, Jr. (February 27, 1937 – October 25, 2011) was a heavyweight boxer in the 1950s and 1960s. He hailed from Arlington, Massachusetts, and played football for Michigan State University. McNeeley had his first professional bout at the Norwood Stockcar Arena July 17, 1958.

On December 4, 1961, McNeeley challenged Floyd Patterson for the world heavyweight championship. McNeeley was on the November 13, 1961 cover of Sports Illustrated. McNeeley served eight years as the boxing commissioner of the Massachusetts State Boxing Commission.

Tom McNeeley's son Peter McNeeley and father, Tom McNeeley, Sr., were also boxers.

Tom McNeeley died on October 25, 2011 at the age of 74 of complications from a seizure.[1][2][3]

Professional boxing record[edit]

37 Wins (28 knockouts, 8 decisions, 1 DQ), 14 Losses (5 knockouts, 8 decisions, 1 DQ)[1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 20-19-1 United States Curtis Bruce MD 10 14/06/1966 United States Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, Massachusetts 95-99, 95-99, 96-96.
Loss 2-2 United States Boston Jacobs PTS 10 24/03/1966 United States Portland Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
Win 3-1 Canada Jean-Claude Roy SD 10 08/03/1966 United States Lewiston City Hall, Lewiston, Maine
Win 7-2 United States Dick Greatorex TKO 7 12/02/1966 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts New England Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:00 of the seventh round.
Win 18-3-1 United States Marion Connor TKO 9 13/12/1965 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts New England Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:10 of the ninth round.
Loss 17-3-1 United States Marion Connor UD 12 15/10/1965 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts New England Heavyweight Title. 114-117, 114-116, 114-118.
Loss 35-1-1 Puerto Rico José Torres UD 10 31/07/1965 Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico 92-96, 95-98, 91-100.
Loss 13-2 United States James J Beattie KO 5 27/03/1965 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts McNeeley knocked out at 2:50 of the fifth round.
Win 18-1 United States Arnie Brower TKO 10 13/02/1965 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts New England Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:20 of the tenth round.
Loss 21-2 United States Thad Spencer KO 5 09/11/1964 United States Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California McNeeley knocked out at 1:39 of the fifth round.
Win 27-9-2 United States Hal Carter KO 5 13/10/1964 United States Woodhouse Arenatorium, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Loss 5-0 Argentina Oscar Bonavena TKO 5 21/08/1964 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City 95-99, 95-99, 96-96.
Win 13-5-1 Canada Leslie Borden KO 4 16/07/1964 United States Burlington, Vermont
Win 23-8 United States "The Fighting Fence Man" Don Quinn TKO 4 25/04/1964 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss 22-4-1 United States Doug Jones TKO 5 03/02/1964 United States New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York
Win 17-14-2 United States Duke Sabedong UD 10 09/12/1963 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts 99-95, 98-96, 99-94.
Win 16-13-1 United States Duke Sabedong DQ 2 14/10/1963 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts Sabedong disqualified at 1:55 of the second round for a low blow.
Win 8-18-2 United States Earl Atley TKO 2 16/09/1963 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts Referee stopped the bout at 2:01 of the second round.
Win 19-2-1 United States Bill Nielsen TKO 8 17/06/1963 United States Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska
Loss 27-9 United Kingdom Brian London PTS 10 29/01/1963 United Kingdom London Olympia, Kensington, London
Loss 34-4-1 Canada Bob Cleroux SD 10 14/12/1962 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts 93-98, 94-98, 98-95.
Win 9-9 United States Billy Tisdale TKO 7 15/11/1962 United States Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts Referee stopped the bout at 2:43 of the seventh round.
Win 8-15-2 United States Earl Atley TKO 8 01/11/1962 United States Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts Referee stopped the bout at 1:55 of the eighth round.
Loss 16-5-1 United States Don McAteer DQ 6 08/06/1962 United States Celtic Hall, Totowa, New Jersey
Loss 53-10-6 United States Willie Pastrano UD 10 01/05/1962 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts 91-99, 94-99, 92-98.
Win 19-3 United States Don Prout UD 10 16/03/1962 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts 99-91, 99-92, 100-91.
Loss 17-3 United States Don Prout SD 10 22/01/1962 United States Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island
Loss 37-2 United States Floyd Patterson KO 4 04/12/1961 Canada Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario World Heavyweight Title. McNeeley knocked out at 2:51 of the fourth round. Jersey Joe Walcott refereed the bout.
Win 49-17-2 Tonga Kitione Lave TKO 3 21/03/1961 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 15-3-1 United States George Logan UD 10 20/12/1960 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts Rocky Marciano refereed the bout. 97-95, 97-94, 99-94.
Win 15-2-1 United States George Logan MD 10 15/11/1960 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts 96-91, 96-94, 95-95.
Win 6-12-3 United States Jim Wyley TKO 3 17/10/1960 United States Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island
Win 20-3-4 Germany Ulli Ritter TKO 8 16/05/1960 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts Referee stopped the bout at 2:52 of the eighth round.
Win 15-8-1 United States Tunney Hunsaker TKO 9 12/04/1960 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts Referee stopped the bout at 1:30 of the ninth round.
Win 42-19-7 Germany Willi Besmanoff PTS 10 14/03/1960 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 12-1-1 United States George Logan TKO 4 01/01/1960 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City Referee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the fourth round.
Win 3-10 United States Louis "Baby" Jones TKO 4 27/11/1959 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City Referee stopped the bout at 0:19 of the fourth round.
Win 3-8 United States Louis "Baby" Jones UD 6 31/07/1959 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win 10-3-1 United States Cardell Farmos KO 3 27/06/1959 United States Hill Arena, West Yarmouth, Massachusetts
Win 0-1 United States Jeff Holmes KO 2 25/05/1959 United States Arcadia Ballroom, Providence, Rhode Island
Win 3-2 United States Charlie Lopes KO 1 02/05/1959 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win -- United States Leo Pinto KO 2 21/04/1959 United States Woodrow Wilson Hall, New Bedford, Massachusetts
Win 2-18-1 United States Joe Louis Brown KO 2 17/03/1959 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts Brown knocked out at 1:38 of the second round.
Win 12-5 United States Art Mayorga KO 3 30/01/1959 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win 2-0 United States Bobby Halpern PTS 4 19/12/1958 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win 6-2 United States Mossie Walker KO 1 28/11/1958 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City Walker knocked out at 0:55 of the first round.
Win 1-0-1 United States Eddie Allen KO 3 17/10/1958 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City Allen knocked out at 1:17 of the third round.
Win -- Eddie Walker KO 1 06/10/1958 United States Mechanics Hall, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 0-1 Temple Jones KO 3 14/08/1958 United States Mark's Stadium, Fall River, Massachusetts
Win 2-3 United States Bob Harris KO 5 04/08/1958 United States Arena, Norwood, Massachusetts
Win 1-9 United States Richie Norden KO 2 17/07/1958 United States Arena, Norwood, Massachusetts Norden knocked out at 2:00 of the second round.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weber, Bruce (October 31, 2011). "Tom McNeeley, Contender For Heavyweight Title, Dies at 74". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Tom McNeeley Jr. Dies At 74 - ESPN Video - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  3. ^ "CANOE - SLAM! Sports - Fighting - Boxing: Boxer McNeeley dead at 74". Slam.canoe.ca. 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 

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