Monday, September 14, 1992


By Jay N. Miller
For The Patriot Ledger

REVERE — Peter McNeeley, the undefeated heavyweight from Whitman's South Shore Boxing Club, ran his record to 9-0 with another knockout Saturday night at the Wonderland Dog Track, but he also punched himself out of another fight.

McNeeley, boxing on the live card that preceded the telecast of the Chavez-Camacho card at the track, opened a nasty cut over Boston veteran Jimmy Harrison's right eye in the third round of their scheduled six-rounder. The ringside physician took one look and ruled Harrison out of action. It was the 8th knockout in McNeeley's young career, but the problem is he was slated to meet Harrison again September 28th in Waltham.

"I hit him with a double left hook and I didn't feel any head butt," said McNeeley. "Nobody stops this guy — he's never been knocked out in New England before."

Undefeated heavyweight Peter McNeeley raised his record to 10-0 with another knockout Saturday night    (File Photo)

Harrison had previously survived a four-rounder with "Hurricane" McNeeley and the Boston pug's guile and experience made for an interesting match. Meeting him twice in September would've been a crash course in dealing with wiley defensive mastery for the 24-year-old boxer, but now that's unlikely. Even if Harrison's cut heals, he'll be on a 30-day suspension from the Massachusetts Boxing Commission.

In the night's co-feature, John Ruiz, the light-heavyweight from Chelsea judged to be New England's best amateur going into the Olympic Trials, won his second pro bout in quick fashion. Worcester's Mike Vasser fell in a heap after two left hooks and was counted out in the first round. The drawing power of McNeeley and Ruiz brought a sellout crowd to the paddock area where the live boxing was held, and patrons were being turned away at the door.

OTHER RESULTS: Middleweights: Sean Fitzgerald, Worcester, Win-6 over Jose Vera, Bridgeport, CT; Julio Mercado, Boston, Win-6 over Gonzalez, Somerville; Jerry Johnson, Revere, TKO-1 over John Abrahamian, Worcester.   Welterweights: Ralph Chaplic, Brewster, Win-6 over Carmelo Hernandez, Holyoke.

This story ran on page 19 of The Boston Patriot Ledger on 09/14/92