|Thursday, April 14, 1994|
McNeeley back on winning track with quick KO
By LARRY BEAN
Peter McNeeley wasn't sure what to expect from the people officiating his match Friday in Fort Smith, Arkansas. So the Hurricane took away all the guess work by stopping his opponent, Homer Jackson, 1:30 into the second round of their scheduled eight-rounder.
"It was lawless boxing," said McNeeley, who was home briefly before hopping back on another plane for a fight scheduled last night in Raleigh, NC. "It was a real throwback to the old days."
Jackson succumbed to a flurry of punches by McNeeley, who said he used the opportunity to work on his hand speed rather than his usual style of trying to take out his opponent with one or two well-placed head shots.
"I banged him up good. I probably landed about 200 punches," said McNeeley.
Arkansas, unlike most states, has no boxing commission, prompting the referee working McNeeley's fight to inform the boxers that he was the boxing commission.
"It was pretty wild down there," said McNeeley, who fought on a card that included a fight between a pair of women boxers and a co-feature match involving the immortal Bobby "The Fighting Hillbilly" Crabtree.
"The promoter sat next to the time keeper and if he didn't like what one of his boxers was doing he'd tell the time keeper to ring the bell and end the round," said McNeeley.
Friday's win sent McNeeley into last night's bout with a 25-1 record. The knockout was the 18th of his professional career.
McNeeley will be back fighting on his home turf April 30 at the Whitman National Guard armory.
See also: McNeeley Back On Track With KO [Boston Patriot Ledger]
This story ran on page 20 of The Medfield Suburban Press on 04/14/94