Tuesday, June 8, 1993

McNeeley KO's Rosa in Revere

Capiello, Oliveira also impressive on Wonderland card

By Jay N. Miller
For The Patriot Ledger

REVERE — Seven rising local boxers won Monday night on the undercard to the Tommy Morrison-George Foreman fight at Wonderland Park, but the operative word here was tuneup.

Most of the local youngsters on promoter Al Valenti's card have important bouts coming up this summer, so the opposition provided more of a workout than a threat.

Heavyweight Peter McNeeley, from Whitman's South Shore Boxing Club, won impressively and got the capacity crowd fired up. McNeeley scored three knockdowns before flooring Hartford's Miguel Rosa for keeps at 1:55 of round two.

ALL EYES ON THE HURRICANE — Fans look on as heavyweight prospect Peter McNeeley exits the ring after scoring a knockout over Miguel Angel Rosa at Revere's Wonderland Raceway.   The young slugger's ring record now stands at 19-0 with 16 KOs.

Rosa is a slippery survivor who seldom wins but usually makes his opponent look ragged. McNeeley overpowered him early, upending him with a right uppercut midway through the first frame. Body punching produced another opening-round knockdown, and the inevitable final sequence saw McNeeley fire a left hook to the ribs, followed by a crackling right cross to the chin that knocked Rosa out cold. The young slugger, now 19-0 with 16 KO's, is gearing up for a more serious test July 10 in Hyannis.

McNeeley's stablemate Mike Cappiello also won his bout. Cappiello is gradually working the rust off as he gets ready to defend his New England 130-pound crown this fall. Worcester's Herbolito Marcial came in hoping to brawl, but Cappiello's counterpunches foiled him. Marcial hit the deck in the first round from a left hook and took a pounding in round two but managed to last until the four-rounder was complete. Cappiello's decision raises his mark to 19-3.

New England lightweight champ Ray Oliveira met Hartford's Juan "Chickie" Torres in the eight-round main event, and the barrel-shaped Torres tried to go inside. He never got there, because Oliveira's hand speed dominated him from the outset, and peppered him with rapid combinations. After a knockdown at the end of the third round and a standing eight-count in round four, Torres' corner tossed in the towel. Oliviera goes to 19-3 with 13 KOs.

On the July 15 ESPN card from Foxwoods Casino, "Sucra" Oliveira of New Bedford will meet Tracy Spann, a consensus choice as one of the world's top five lightweights. It's a giant step up for Oliveira, who's lost a pair of razor-thin decisions in his only two previous national appearances.

OTHER RESULTS: Middleweights: Dana Rosenblatt, Somerville, KO-2 over Vinnie Lucas, Lowell. Lightweights: Jon Mercogliano, Medford, Win-4 over Caesar Sanchez, Springfield. Carlos Tavares, Lynn, Win-4 over Jose Mendez, Providence. Bantamweights: "Diamond Dave" Santos, Lowell, TKO-2 over Adam Aviles, Bridgeport.

This story ran on page 25 of The Boston Patriot Ledger on 06/08/93