Friday, October 25, 1991

McNeeley Scores 24-Second KO

By Jay N. Miller
For The Patriot Ledger

WORCESTER — Peter McNeeley may have thought he was playing basketball because he beat the shot clock.


McNeeley, the young heavyweight who trains at Whitman's South Shore Boxing Club, won his second pro bout last night in Worcester when he flattened Fabian Arroyo in 24 seconds of the first round. As the first match on last night's seven-bout card at the Centrum Hall, McNeeley's victory was not part of the ESPN telecast and many of the 1,225 fans on hand were still finding their seats when he ended Arroyo's evening early.

"Arroyo was the shorter fighter, so I wanted Peter to get down low and come around with a left hook," said trainer Vinnie Vecchione of Brockton. McNeeley, at 205 pounds, did that to perfection, catching the 195-pound Arroyo flush on the jaw.

"I think I poked him a couple times with the jab before I stepped in with the hook," McNeeley said..

McNeeley is nearing his degree at Bridgewater State College. He's the son of Tom McNeeley, the heavyweight contender from the 1950's-60's who challenged Floyd Patterson for the world title.

Braintree referee Dick Flaherty worked last night's main event, in which bantamweight contender Junior Jones of New York City ran his record to 20-0 with a 10-round decision over former IBF titlist Rolando Bohol of the Philippines.

OTHER RESULTS: Middleweights: Sean Fitzgerald, Worcester, and Peter Manfredo, Providence, fought to an eight-round draw. Welterweights: Louis Veader, Providence, won an eight-round decision over Holly Elliott, Boston. Junion Welterweights: Ralph Chaplic, Brewster, won a four-round decision over Greg Cadiz, Norwalk; Luis Maysonnet, Hartford, TKO-1 over Glen Irizarry, Bay Shore, NY. Junior Lightweights: Edwin Santana, Lawrence, won a four-round decision over Albert Moulier, Bronx, NY.

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This story ran on page 23 of The Boston Patriot Ledger on 10/25/91