|Monday, September 13, 1993|
McNeeley improves to 21-0
By Stephen Tobey
REVERE — Heavyweight Peter McNeeley of Medfield improved to 21-0 with an eight-round unanimous decision over Springfield's Juan Quintana Friday night at Wonderland Park.
"It had every twist and turn from start to finish," said McNeeley, who weighed in at 225 pounds prior to his second eight-round bout. "He was a crafty journeyman who was in to survive."
McNeeley was successful at landing the left jab to Quintana's face throughout the bout and was able to connect on a number of big body punches. Quintana, whose resume includes bouts against former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and top contender Donovan "Razor" Ruddock, was able to land a couple body shots and three punches to McNeeley's face. There were no knockdowns and Quintana had a cut over one eye.
It was the first time anyone had lasted the eight-round distance with McNeeley; in the other scheduled 8-rounder, McNeeley scored a 7th round knockout.
Although McNeeley did not get his 18th knockout, he was not disappointed with his performance.
"I knew after the first round he would go the distance," said McNeeley. "He's known as a guy who goes the distance. I pitched a shutout."
McNeeley has tentative plans to fight again next month against an undetermined opponent at an undetermined site. He is also scheduled to fight on Nov. 6 in Foxboro on a live card preceding the closed circuit showing of the Riddick Bowe-Evander Holyfield heavyweight championship bout.
Friday night's fight was part of a live show that preceded the closed circuit telecast of the Julio Cesar Chavez-Pernell Whittaker World Boxing Council welterweight title bout, which ended in a controversial majority draw.
This story ran on page 27 of The Dedham Daily Transcript on 09/13/93