The Boston Herald - Sports Sunday, May 1, 1994


By George Kimball

WHITMAN — Frank Perdue might have put up a better fight, but unfortunately Peter McNeeley was in the ring with Wayne Perdue.

McNeeley, the Medfield heavyweight who is attracting a lot of local attention these days, scored his 15th career first-round knockout and his 27th victory in 28 professional fights last night in subduing the hapless Perdue before an enthusiastic audience at the Whitman Armory.

Before the first round was even half over, the hard-punching McNeeley caught Perdue with a lethal left hook to the chin that knocked the Atlantic City fighter's feet out from under him. Perdue remained on his back as referee Doug Sheerin administered a 10-count at 1:20 of the round.

The win was McNeeley's third straight following his February loss to Stanley Wright on a cut. McNeeley said afterward he expects his next bout to be on a June 24 card at Foxboro Park, where he hopes to fight former light-heavyweight champion J.B. Williamson.

Manager Vin Vecchione and agent Rick Glaser say they are looking to upgrade McNeeley's level of competition. They envision a dance card of the likes of Williamson, K.P. Porter, Phil Brown, Art Tucker and Frankie Swindell — all durable heavyweights that will give McNeeley some work.

In the evening's longest bout, Mike Culbert, the Belfast-born middleweight now fighting out of Brockton, ran his record to 12-2, outpointing Greg Cardiz of Hartford. Culbert fought the last six rounds with his nose busted wide open by a second-round clash of heads but won every round on the cards of all three judges.

In another featured bout, West Bridgewater junior lightweight Mike Cappiello ran his career record to 23-3 — and his record against Adam Aviles to 4-0 — when he stopped the Worcester fighter in the third round. Aviles' record slipped to 1-23-1.

Providence middleweight Brian "Bull" Barboza knocked out Hartford's Chris Frank in the fifth round, and Rochester heavyweight Milledge Bryant stopped Troy Sutherland in the first round of the walk-out bout.

In other bouts on the card, Medford middleweight Gennaro "Jake" Gagliardi registered his third knockout in four pro fights, starching New Yorker William Guzman at 1:33 of the first round; Hartford junior welter Israel Cardona ran his record to 8-0 after stablemate Mike Harris wilted under a ferocious body attack, causing Sheerin to stop the fight in the first round; and Whitman junior middle Dan Phippen stopped Antonio Mendez of Hartford at the end of the second.

Related articles:
McNeeley Registers First-Round K.O.   [The Daily Transcript]
McNeeley Combines Power With Patience   [The Suburban Press]

This story was published on Page B-13 of the Boston Herald on 05/01/94.