THE DAILY TRANSCRIPT Monday, January 24, 1994

McNeeley (24-0) KO's Davis

By Stephen Tobey

LOWELL — If you blinked, you missed it.

Medfield heavyweight Peter McNeeley upped his record to 24-0 (18 knockouts) with a 1:40 first-round stoppage of Larry Davis of Albany, NY, at the Sheraton Inn in Lowell Friday night.

After blocking several jabs with his arms, the 220-pound McNeeley hit Davis with a crunching left hook to the body, forcing him to double over. An overhand right that landed just behind Davis's ear dropped the 208-pounder to one knee. After taking the mandatory eight count, Davis signaled that he had had enough and the bout was stopped.

"It was clear that he felt Pete's power," said McNeeley's manager Vinnie Vecchione. "It took away the guy's confidence. If it wasn't that shot, it would have been something else."

The early ending came as a disappointment to the full house that packed the Sheraton Inn's ballroom. It also left McNeeley somewhat upset despite the fact that it was his first knockout in his last four fights.

"I'd rather work for the knockout," said McNeeley. "It's not really that satisfying when it comes so easily. I drive an hour to get to the gym every day (from his home in Medfield to Whitman). I wanted to go some rounds. I'll just consider this a warmup for next month."

On February 18, McNeeley will fight for the vacant New England Heavyweight title at the Westin Hotel in Boston. His opponent will be Stanley Wright, a 6-foot-11 former basketball player trained by Pat and Goody Petronelli of Brockton.

See also:   McNeeley Scores First-Round Knockout   [The Suburban Press]

This story ran on page 31 of The Dedham Daily Transcript on 01/24/94