The Medfield Suburban Press
Thursday, March 11, 1993  


'Hurricane' takes Whitman by storm

By LARRY BEAN

Outside the Whitman Armory Friday night, a snowstorm raged. Inside, a hurricane reigned.

Medfield heavyweight "Hurricane" Peter McNeeley improved his professional record to a sweet 16-0 Friday with a fifth round technical knockout of J.J. Jackson of Brooklyn, NY. The knockout was McNeeley's 13th.


PETER McNEELEY IN ACTION
PETER McNEELEY improved his professional record to 16-0 Friday night with a fifth-round TKO of Brooklyn's J.J. Jackson at the Whitman Armory.

"He was very tough," said McNeeley, who won the first three rounds decisively then split the fourth before finishing off Jackson with five seconds remaining in the fifth round of their scheduled six-round bout.

"He sucked up an abnormal amount of punishment."

The win was McNeeley's second against Jackson. He decisioned him last June. That fight marked the first time an opponent had ever made it past the first round against McNeeley.

"He came out as a southpaw, which was different from the first time I fought him," said McNeeley. "It's very awkward fighting a lefty. It's hard to deal with because everything comes from the opposite side.

"He was trying to protect a cut he had got over his left eye in his last fight," McNeeley said. "But it didn't do him any good. I opened the cut anyway. And the right side of his face was open for my left hook all night.

Jackson took two standing eight counts in the fifth round before the referee stepped in and stopped the fight.

"A straight right hand is the way to deal with a southpaw," said McNeeley. "A straight right hand followed by a left hook. I also got him with some good uppercuts."

Friday's fight marked the first time since Dec. 10 that an opponent had taken McNeeley past the second round.

"This is exactly what I needed," he said. "It was a good workout."

McNeeley's next fight is tentatively scheduled for April 9 back at the Whitman Armory.

"I had a good, hard fight so I'm going to rest and come back in April," said McNeeley.

Friday's fight was taped by Medfield cable television and will be televised along with the other six fights on Friday's card tonight (Thursday) at 6 p.m.

See also:   Hurricane Fights Up A Storm In Whitman   [Brockton Enterprise]


This story ran on page 20 of The Medfield Suburban Press on 03/11/93