|Thursday, February 25, 1993|
McNeeley Puts Replacement To Rest
By LARRY BEAN
Stanley Wright's shoulder injury proved to be very painful for Jesus Rohena.
Wright, a 7-foot, 270-pound heavyweight who trains at the Petronelli gym in Brockton, was supposed to take on Medfield's "Hurricane" Peter McNeeley Saturday night in one of five pro fights on the card at Foxboro Raceway.
Claiming that he had an injured shoulder however, Wright pulled out at the last minute. In stepped Rohena of Hartford, CT, and out went Rohena at the 1:11 mark of the second round.
"I wasn't too happy with what went on at Foxboro," said McNeeley, who ran his professional record to 15-0 with 12 knockouts. "I wanted the guy (Wright). He wasn't going to beat me. He's not going to beat me. But he would have at least stood up for six rounds."
McNeeley's next fight is March 5 at the Whitman National Guard Armory. He's scheduled to fight Marc Machain of Rutland, VT, who lost a unanimous eight-round decision to New England heavyweight champion Paul Poirier Saturday.
McNeeley expects Machain, a former sparring partner for heavyweight contender Alex Stewart, to give him a better fight than Rohena did.
"They pulled up with the meat wagon and delivered him (Rohena)," McNeeley said of his latest victim. "I fooled around with him for the first round then I took him out. My jabs were hurting him. He just rolled over and looked for a soft spot on the canvas.
"Machain is tough," McNeeley continued. "He'll come to fight."
Tickets for McNeeley's next match, which will be part of a 10-fight card, are $15 for general admission and $20 for ringside. Tickets are available at Bella Pizza and the American Legion Hall in Medfield.
This story ran on page 21 of The Medfield Suburban Press on 02/25/93