Ex-Bruins, McNeeley Helping Abington-based Charity With First Fundraiser    NEW
The H.U.G. Foundation's inaugural fundraiser, a hockey game between a team of Boston Bruins alumni and the Rockland All Stars, will be held Saturday at the Rockland Ice Rink. Former heavyweight boxer Peter McNeeley and other athletes will also be in attendance. Arrow
[The Brockton Enterprise - January 11, 2012]

McNeeley Inspired As A Fighter, Father
Peter McNeeley, reflecting on the loss of his father, Tom McNeeley Jr, recalled how, as a 7-year-old boy, he became hooked on boxing after coming across a copy of Sports Illustrated in the family's attic with a picture of his dad on the cover. Arrow
[ESPN - Sat., October 29, 2011]

Bidding Farewell To A Genuine Legend
Tom McNeeley, who died two days ago at 74, will be remembered in the record books as the Arlington heavyweight who punched his way to a 1961 title shot against the champ, Floyd Patterson. But that's only part of the picture... Arrow
[The Boston Herald - Thur., October 27, 2011]

Rest In Peace, Tom McNeeley
The Sweet Science condolences go out to Peter McNeeley and family today, with the news that Tom McNeeley, a top heavyweight contender of the 60s, died on Tuesday. Arrow
[The Sweet Science - Wed., October 26, 2011]

Video: Fox 25 Interview With Peter McNeeley
Fox 25's Gene Lavanchy interviews former heavyweight boxer and hometown hero Peter McNeeley on a Morning News Zip Trip to Medfield, Mass. Arrow
[Fox 25 Morning News - - Fri., June 24, 2011]

ESPN CP McNeeley's Family Ties
ESPN Coordinating Producer Tom McNeeley III, who will oversee the network's coverage of the College World Series for the third consecutive year, knows a little bit about boxing. Arrow
[ESPN Front Row - Thur., June 16, 2011]

Being Peter McNeeley
His meteoric rise to the spotlight ended at the hands of Mike Tyson, but Peter McNeeley's fall from grace was far slower and a lot more painful. The former heavyweight contender talks about how he's bounced back and what he's been up to. Arrow
[Boxing Monthly - August 2010 issue]

15 Years After Tyson, McNeeley Looks Back
The real-life Rocky rose to international prominence when Don King and Mike Tyson came ringing in 1995. SI spoke with McNeeley last month for a short article in the magazine. The full interview with the Hurricane is now posted online. Arrow
[Sports Illustrated - Thur., August 19, 2010]

Boxing Trainer Vinnie Vecchione Dead
Former boxing trainer and manager Vinnie Vecchione died of a heart attack Thursday night. Vecchione was best known as the manager of heavyweight boxer Peter McNeeley and was named Ring Magazine Manager of the Year in 1995. Arrow
[The Patriot Ledger - Fri., July 3, 2009]

Death Notice: Vincent L. Vecchione
Vincent L. "Curley" Vecchione, 64, a legendary boxing manager of Braintree, MA, died unexpectedly July 2, 2009, at the South Shore Hospital. Beloved husband of Judith (Beals). Loving father of Vincent Vecchione of Middleboro, Donata Vecchione of Hyannisport and Shane Beals of Rockland. Arrow
[The Patriot Ledger - Sun., July 5, 2009]

Whatever Happened To: Peter McNeeley?
Herald News Sports Editor Mike Thomas reports that Peter McNeeley may have lost his highly publicized fight with Mike Tyson back in 1995, but he certainly hasn't lost his sense of humor. Arrow
[The Fall River Herald News - Wed., April 22, 2009]

Peter McNeeley Still Getting Tyson Prank Calls!
Peter McNeeley, who is most remembered for his fight with Mike Tyson, was quoted in a recent article regarding the prank calls he still gets over that bout. "I guess someone posted my number somewhere on the Internet..." Arrow
[ - Wed., April 22, 2009]

Inside Track — The Hurricane Is A Dad
We Hear: Norwood boxer Peter McNeeley is a dad. Peter's gal pal, Tanya Armstead, gave birth to a daughter, Nadiya Gabrielle, at Brigham and Women's Hospital last week. The little no-so-heavyweight checked in at 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Arrow
[The Boston Herald - Tue., November 27, 2007]

Why The Comeback? McNeeley Explains
Why bother? Why come back to this most dangerous game? Former heavyweight contender Peter McNeeley explains the reasons for resuming his ring career at age 38 after a six year layoff. Arrow
[The Sweet Science - Mon., August 20, 2007]

TSS Comeback Alert: Peter McNeeley
Peter McNeeley has announced to The Sweet Science that he'll give it one more go in the ring. The Massachusetts heavyweight, who has battled substance abuse demons far more persistent and insidious than any in-ring foe, will strap on the gloves and fight a four round match in Dorchester on September 8. Arrow
[The Sweet Science - Thur., August 16, 2007]

Hurricane Interview On 'Just My Show'
Pop culture podcast "Just My Show" checks in with heavyweight boxer Peter McNeeley for a lively interview and bonus clips available for download on their website or through the iTunes podcast directory. Timothy Van Patten, who played Salami on "The White Shadow," is also featured in the episode (Show #4). Arrow
[Just My Show - April 2006]

Pro Boxing Helps Cell Phones For Soldiers
Popular heavyweight boxer Peter McNeeley and New England junior welterweight champ Jeff Fraza will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs at a Rising Star Promotions fight card in Braintree, MA, Saturday night, November 26. Proceeds raised will benefit the Cell Phones For Soldiers fund. Arrow
[Cell Phones For Soldiers - November 2005]

Boston Sports Review: Peter McNeeley
Boston's newest sports magazine profiles the city's own fightin' Irishman, "Hurricane" Peter McNeeley, in the August 2005 issue. Arrow
[Boston Sports Review - August 2005]

Peter McNeeley — Ten Years Later
Many people thought of Peter McNeeley when they saw Kevin McBride fight Tyson Saturday night. Fan 590 Sports Radio of Toronto, a SportsNet affiliate, tracked down The Hurricane for an exclusive interview. Arrow
[Fan590/SportsNet - Mon., June 13, 2005]

McNeeley Reflects On Tyson-McBride
Almost ten years ago, Peter McNeeley was in Kevin McBride's shoes -- but that's not to say he empathizes with him. MaxBoxing checks in with The Hurricane for his thoughts on the fight and to find out what he's been up to lately. Arrow
[ - Sat., June 11, 2005]

McNeeleys Pitch In To KO Addiction
Former heavyweight contender Tom McNeeley is set to appear at a benefit for the Gavin House and other local treatment facilities Friday night in Dorchester. McNeeley will be joined by his son Peter, who currently fights out of Framingham, and an all-star lineup of veteran boxers, including Micky Ward, Carmen Basillio, Gerry Cooney, Tony DeMarco, Vinnie Pazienza and state auditor Joe DeNucci. Arrow
[The Boston Herald - Fri., October 22, 2004]

The Hurricane Speaks
Peter McNeeley is a fast talking, balls of steel, shoot from the hip kind of guy we can all relate to on some level. Win, lose or draw, the Hurricane always puts on a show for the fans. And for the fans, McNeeley agreed to sit down with Doghouse Boxing for a candid Q & A session. Arrow
[ - Mon., June 21, 2004]

A Knockout Fund-Raiser
Pro boxer Peter McNeeley participated in a fund-raiser at the Franklin Elks club Friday night for 18-year-old Danny Ober of Medway, who is recovering from stabbing wounds suffered during a student field trip to Montreal last month. Arrow
[The Milford Daily News - Sun., April 25, 2004]

Boston's Hurricane On The 'Canes
With Hurricane Isabel wreaking havoc all along the East Coast and the Eagles preparing for their toughest battle of the season against the Miami Hurricanes, Boston College students sought out Boston's own Hurricane – Peter McNeeley – for his thoughts on the upcoming weekend. Arrow
[ - Thur., September 18, 2003]

McNeeley To Attend Make-A-Wish Benefit
The Mayflower Foundation will stage a benefit for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts at the Boston Children's Museum this Saturday night.   Boxing star Peter McNeeley will be on hand to sign autographs. Arrow
[Hurricane Watch - Tue., August 5, 2003]

McNeeley Takes A Dive For Charity
The Dover Foundation presented its 20th year revival of "Guys and Dolls," a rollicking musical based on a Damon Runyon story.   Professional boxer Peter McNeeley from neighboring Medfield was featured in a small role as a pugilist who is knocked to the canvas. Arrow
[Hurricane Watch - Thu., June 5, 2003]

McNeeley Punching The Clock
Although he says he hasn't hung up the gloves yet, Peter McNeeley has not been heard from much lately. The Boston Globe dropped in on the Hurricane earlier this week and got the scoop on what the still-popular local pugilist has been up to. Arrow
[The Boston Globe - Fri., December 6, 2002]

Tom & Peter McNeeley Featured in Ring Magazine
Father and son fighters Tom and Peter McNeeley sat down with The Ring for a candid and revealing interview about the many parallels they have experienced in both their professional careers and personal lives. Arrow
[The Ring Magazine - February 2003  (on sale starting November 15, 2002) ]

Tom McNeeley Honored By N.E. Hall Of Fame
Former New England Heavyweight Champion and world-class contender Tom McNeeley was honored as Veteran Boxer of the Year at the New England Boxing Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in Dorchester. Citations were presented by Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift and State Auditor Joe DeNucci. Arrow
[Boston Post-Gazette - Fri., September 27, 2002]

Exclusive Interview With Peter McNeeley
Having dynamite in both of his hands, heavyweight boxer Peter McNeeley is known for dropping bombs and electrifying the crowd. BoxingTalk was able to get together with McNeeley for an exclusive interview. Click here to see what the Hurricane had to say. Arrow
[ - Sat., August 24, 2002]

Peter McNeeley Profiled On CNN
Peter McNeeley will always be remembered as Mike Tyson's first opponent after being released from prison, a fight that remains one of the highest grossing pay-per-view events of all time. So where is McNeeley now? CNN catches up with the "Hurricane" on a recent edition of People In The News. Arrow
[CNN: "People In The News" - Thur., July 25, 2002]

McNeeley Off Friday Card At Florian Hall
Peter McNeeley will not be headlining the Friday night boxing card at Dorchester's Florian Hall as previously announced.   The fights are being staged to raise money for firefighters and policemen injured in the World Trade Center bombing rescue effort. Arrow
[Hurricane Watch - Wed., March 13, 2002]

Hurricane's In The House!
Heavyweight boxer Peter McNeeley appeared as the featured speaker in a recent assembly at the Leon Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Tallahassee, Florida.   The secure full-lockdown facility houses youthful offenders ages 13-18. Arrow
[Hurricane Watch - Wed., September 5, 2001]

McNeeley Runs 10K Race For Cancer Research
Peter McNeeley participated in the eighteenth annual James Joyce Ramble through the streets of Dedham, MA, on Sunday morning.   A large crowd gathered to watch the 10K race, which featured nearly a dozen of the world's finest runners. Arrow
[Neponset Valley Daily News - Tue., June 19, 2001]

McNeeley Ready To Take On Another Mike
For Peter McNeeley, Wednesday was just another day at work - even though he could be 48 hours away from becoming a world heavyweight champion.   McNeeley accepted the challenge only five days ago and flew halfway around the world for the opportunity. Arrow
[Super Sports Zone South Africa - Thur., June 7, 2001]

Akinwande Stops McNeeley To Take WBC Title
Henry Akinwande looked sharp Saturday night at the Moon Sports Arena using his superior size and reach effectively to stop a game Peter McNeeley and retain the WBC International heavyweight title. Arrow
[The Tallahassee Democrat - Sun., March 18, 2001]

Heavyweight Showdown: McNeeley Fights Back
Peter McNeeley has thrown some big punches, but he's also taken a few.   Battling his way back from a nightmare of alcohol and substance abuse, the Bay State heavyweight has been clean for the last year and is now preparing himself for a tough assignment in the ring. Arrow
[The Tallahassee Democrat - Sat., March 3, 2001]

McNeeley To Fight Akinwande For WBC Title
“Hurricane” Peter McNeeley will be taking on Henry Akinwande for the WBC Intercontinental heavyweight championship on St. Patrick's Day.   The 6 ft. 8 in. Akinwande is currently ranked as the number 7 heavyweight by the World Boxing Council.   This will be the most significant bout ever to take place in Tallahassee, Florida. Arrow
[The Tallahassee Democrat - Fri., February 23, 2001]

McNeeley's Struggle Inspires Inmate
Heavyweight boxer Peter McNeeley spoke with candor about his addictions in a column by Joe Fitzgerald three weeks ago, calling them "my toughest opponent of all."   It generated many letters and phone calls, but one in particular seemed worthy of further exposure. Arrow
[The Boston Herald - Wed., July 5, 2000]

McNeeley Ends Foe's Dream In 25 Seconds
Joe Siciliano's "Walter Mitty night" in the ring came crashing down roughly 25 seconds after it began.   That's the point at which Peter McNeeley landed a solid left hook and Siciliano went over backward, landing on his shoulders and banging his head off the canvas. Arrow
[The Patriot Ledger - Mon., June 19, 2000]

McNeeley Scores First Round KO!
Peter McNeeley KO'd Joe Siciliano in the first round of their heavyweight fight Saturday night.   Siciliano was floored several times in the brief bout.   The final knockdown was the result of a crunching overhand right to the temple.   Referee Dick Flaherty reached the count of ten at 2:57. Arrow
[Fight News Daily - Sun., June 18, 2000]

McNeeley KOs Siciliano In First Round
What was perhaps the most eagerly anticipated boxing match in northern Worcester County history didn't last long - or end happily for Leominster locals - last night as Peter McNeeley knocked down Joe Siciliano repeatedly to win by KO in the first round. Arrow
[The Worcester Telegram - Sun., June 18, 2000]

Leominster Cop Hopes To Handcuff Idle McNeeley
This is the start of Peter McNeeley's road back to respectability - or at least he hopes it is.   Leominster's Joe Siciliano plans to derail the comeback dreams of the Medfield brawler. Arrow
[The Worcester Telegram - Fri., June 16, 2000]

McNeeley Tops Local Fight Card - June 17th
The Hurricane will be fighting in the main event of a boxing card at the National Guard Armory in Leominster, Mass. (near Worcester) on June 17th.   This will be Peter's first local ring appearance in almost three years.   Click here for more information: Arrow
[Hurricane Watch - Thur., June 15, 2000]

Boxer Wary Of Addiction's Sucker Punch
Peter McNeeley acknowledges he made a mess of the gifts he was given.   It's called taking personal inventory and he's been doing it every day for months now, attempting, at 31, to finally gain the upper hand over what he calls "my toughest opponent of all." Arrow
[The Boston Herald - Wed., June 14, 2000]

Smokin' Joe Takes On Hurricane Pete
It's ten days and counting until the highly anticipated boxing match between "Hurricane" Peter McNeeley and undefeated Leominster police detective Joe Siciliano.   Siciliano says getting through the first round with McNeeley is key. Arrow
[The Montachusett Telegram & Gazette - Wed., June 7, 2000]

Hurricane To Appear At Autograph Show in N.J.
Peter McNeeley has been contracted by Land of Legends to appear at an autograph show this Saturday and Sunday, June 3 - 4, from 11AM to 3PM at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ.   Also on tap will be former heavyweight champ Jimmy Ellis.   New York City and New Jersey fans are invited to come out and meet the Hurricane in person. Arrow
[Land Of Legends - Wed., May 31, 2000]

McNeeley Getting Ready To Rumble
The Hurricane will be back in action early this summer, returning to the ring in June or July.   Pete is tentatively scheduled to headline a card in Leominster, MA, and negotiations are underway for a high profile fight in Detroit. Arrow
[Hurricane Watch - Fri., May 19, 2000]

The Hurricane Fights For Charity
Peter McNeeley continues to be an active member of the community and a supporter of many charitable causes. Arrow
[Hurricane Watch - Sun., July 25, 1999]

McNeeley Stopped By Butterbean In Controversial Call By Referee
Although the Bean had scored with a heavy uppercut and a four-punch flurry, the round was one second from being over and McNeeley's hands were still up. Arrow
[The Boston Globe - Sun., June 27, 1999]

Emotional Times For McNeeley
In an emotional display that left a pre-fight press conference crowd at first agape and then applauding wildly, the Medfield heavyweight and reforming addict stood at a podium in Las Vegas and wept. Arrow
[The Boston Globe - Thur., June 24, 1999]

McNeeley Fights to Remain Sober
Peter McNeeley struggles to win the toughest fight of his life - against drug and alcohol abuse. Arrow
[The Boston Globe - Thurs., April 16, 1998]

McNeeley Dedicates Next Fight to Pal Chris Farley
Peter McNeeley remembers the late Chris Farley and discusses his own struggle against substance abuse. Arrow
[CNN/Sports Illustrated - Thurs., January 8, 1998]

Peter McNeeley Impressive in Return to the Ring
Local boxer Peter McNeeley clearly dominated Doug Davies, winning a unanimous decision and showing surprising boxing skill last night at the Roxy. It was McNeeley's first fight in sixteen months. Arrow
[The Boston Globe - Sat., December 6, 1997]

Tyson and McNeeley Weigh In For the Big Fight
A large crowd gathered in Las Vegas to watch Mike Tyson and Peter McNeeley step up to the scales at the official weigh-in for their highly anticipated heavyweight fight. The bout will be held Saturday night at the MGM Grand casino. Arrow
[The Philadelphia Inquirer - Fri., August 18, 1995]

McNeeley Gets Title Shot Against McCall
Newly crowned WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall announced that his first title defense will be against Boston-based contender Peter McNeeley (30-1, 24 KO's). The fighters appeared at a press conference with promoter Don King yesterday afternoon in the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center. Arrow
[The New York Post - Wed., September 28, 1994]

Fighting For A Dream Role
Bridgewater State College junior — and amateur boxer — Peter McNeeley may soon be pursuing a career in the movies. The young heavyweight, who won the New England Golden Gloves earlier this year, has been named as a finalist for a leading role in the next installment of the "Rocky" movie series. Arrow
[The Brockton Enterprise - Fri., October 6, 1989]

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