Monday, April 18, 1994

McNeeley pushes record to 26-1

By Jay N. Miller
For The Patriot Ledger

Heavyweight Peter McNeeley of Whitman's South Shore Boxing Club pushed his record to 26-1 with his 20th knockout Wednesday night. McNeeley, boxing his second bout in five days, stopped Lopez McGee in the first round in Raleigh, North Carolina.

McNeeley had won by second-round TKO over Homer Jackson Saturday night in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The 24-year-old fighter had been sidelined since February 18, when a 40-stitch cut led to his lone defeat at the hands of Stan Wright in a fight that McNeeley had dominated in every round.

Heavyweight Peter McNeeley, left, and manager Vinnie Vecchione are back from a victorious run through the South

Manager Vin Vecchione of Braintree also revealed that McNeeley had been offered $17,500 to meet heavyweight contender Joe Hipp on May 10 at Foxwoods Casino.

"They started at $10,000 and kept upping it to $17,500," Vecchione said. "But the bottom line is that Peter isn't ready for a Joe Hipp at the moment. His eye seems to be healed, but it would be foolish to test it against a banger like Hipp right away.

"One reason we agreed to these two quick out-of-town fights while the cut is still a concern was that we were sure we wouldn't be facing anyone like Hipp. And, of course, escaping the hometown pressure was a big plus."

McNeeley's excursions came courtesy of the Don King organization, and it is evident that the competition was not exactly world class. In any event, McNeeley will be back in the gym until his April 30 match at the Whitman Armory, when it is expected the opposition will be more formidable.

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This story ran on page 21 of The Boston Patriot Ledger on 04/18/94