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"HURRICANE"  HITS LOUISIANA
McNeeley sets up training camp in Lafayette

Broadcast on "Eyewitness Sports" in July 1995 by KLFY-TV, Channel 10, a CBS affiliate in Lafayette, LA

On August 19th, "Hurricane" Peter McNeeley will step into the ring for the most anticipated heavyweight fight in four years. His opponent: former champion Mike Tyson. So in preparation, McNeeley has moved his camp south from Boston to Lafayette — to a rather unique gym.

PETER McNEELEY SPARRING WITH GARING LANE - IMAGE #1 PETER McNEELEY SPARRING WITH GARING LANE - IMAGE #2
ABOVE — Peter McNeeley mixes it up in the ring with sparring partner Garing Lane.

I'm sure you are familiar with the term "in your own back yard". Well, heavyweight contender Peter McNeeley has taken that phrase one step further here in Lafayette while training at what he's dubbed Beau Williford's Curbside Gym.   "We think it's wonderful - it gives you that 'family atmosphere', no question about it," said McNeeley's manager Vinnie Vecchione.

"Beau Williford adapts to the situation," Peter explained. "He had a little casualty at his gym so he improvised. He set up a ring right here in his driveway. I love it."

MANAGER VINNIE VECCHIONE KEEPS AN EYE ON McNEELEY   PETER McNEELEY TALKS TO CHANNEL 10 REPORTER
Manager Vinnie Vecchione keeps an eye on McNeeley.   Peter McNeeley talks to Eyewitness Sports reporter Phil Alders.

The 26-year-old McNeeley is 36-1 with 30 knockouts, 21 of them coming in the first round.

"They are taking me lightly," McNeeley said. "And, as you guys have seen here today, they chose the wrong guy. They should have gotten somebody who was a light hitter, who would move away from Tyson. Instead, I'm gonna crash right into him when the bell rings and I'm going to try to hit him with big uppercuts and left hooks to the head and body"

TRAINER BEAU WILLIFORD WATCHES McNEELEY SPAR   BOXERS PETER McNEELEY AND GARING LANE TAKE A BREAK
Trainer Beau Williford likes what he sees in the ring.   McNeeley and Lane relax after an intense workout.

Renowned local trainer Beau Williford weighed in with his assessment. "Realistically, Tyson's been out four years. He didn't look good in his last two fights. I expect Peter to give him absolute hell from bell to bell."

"I think the time is ripe to get Mike Tyson right now — not four or five fights from now," Peter added. "He's going to be 'Rusty Mike'."

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Interview conducted by Phil Alders for Eyewitness Sports.   Footage shot for this profile was used for several segments broadcast in July and August 1995 by KLFY-TV (Channel 10) in Lafayette, LA, a CBS affiliate.