Tuesday, June 28, 1994

McNeeley ready for next level

By Jay N. Miller
For The Patriot Ledger


WHITMAN — South Shore Boxing Club heavyweight Peter McNeeley may have gained some professional respect by beating ex-world champion J.B. Williamson at Foxboro Park last Friday. Williamson just gained another payday.

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With the drumbeats growing louder for better competition and a Don King contract promising big things ahead, McNeeley's camp viewed Williamson as a significant milestone. Williamson, 37, was tricky and even managed to sneak in a couple of solid right uppercuts to McNeeley's chin, but when he was unable to come out for round three, Williamson became just another overmatched victim of the hard-hitting local prospect.

This is the quandry McNeeley's handlers, such as Braintree trainer Vinnie Vecchione, find themselves facing. Their boy, who is still developing as a fighter, is not yet ready for Riddick Bowe, but he can all too easily expose an ill-prepared or over-the-hill former luminary.

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McNeeley In A Hurry, Whips Williamson   [The Boston Globe]
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Andrade fight ages manager Petronelli

PROVIDENCE, RI — Boxing christened the new Rhode Island Convention Center last night with a nine-bout card that took five hours to finish.

Brockton trainer Goody Petronelli came home with some new gray hairs along with two victories.

Cruiserweight John Andrade, the Netherlands product now living in Brockton, entered the ring with a 15-0 record but had all kinds of problems with Maurice "Silk" Harris of Paterson, NJ. The taller, slick-boxing Harris kept Andrade at long range and thwarted his early attacks while landing a crunching right cross with regularity.

Early in the fifth round, a Harris right dropped Andrade for a four-count, and he looked ready to tumble at any moment as Harris unleashed a furious barrage. Fortunately, by the round's end, Harris was out of gas. A rejuvenated Andrade dropped Harris in the sixth round to preserve his unblemished record.

"I aged 10 years tonight," Petronelli said. "This was the best opponent John's fought, picking his shots and catching him with that big right hand. I told him: 'You can't look pretty, you've got to rough him up.'"

"Being on the canvas was a shock," Andrade added. "This was my first (scheduled) eight-rounder, and I was trying to spread out my stamina, but after being down I said the heck with that."

Petronelli's middleweight, Curtis Mombelly, who came to Brockton from the Virgin Islands, overcame a variety of dirty tactics from Brooklyn's Dan Ilirano to win an eight-round decision. Ilirano was penalized two points in the fourth round for repeated low blows.

A pair of New England champions fought in the co-features. Welterweight king Kippy Diggs of Hyannis dominated Tyrone Downes of New York, who was more interested in wrestling. Diggs stopped Downes on cuts in round nine. Lightweight titlist Ray Oliveira of Fall River got 10 rounds of non-stop brawling from late sub Carlos Riviera Gonzalez of Puerto Rico, but had the edge.

Oliveira capped the night with one of his thousand-punch combinations in the tenth round, sealing the decision. Both Diggs and Oliveira are slated to appear on a July 22 card in Plymouth.

Had a rough weekend? Consider John Lamprey's. Friday night at Foxboro, Lamprey was bombed out in 2:44 by fearsome, Mohawked heavyweight Milledge Bryant. Last night in the RICC show, Lamprey, boxing as "Mike Erickson" to avoid his mandatory suspension, lasted only 86 seconds against Felino Feliz of Danbury, Conn., suffering six knockdowns in the two bouts.

OTHER RESULTS: Middleweights: Brian Barbosa, Providence, win-6 over Anthony McNeill, Long Island. Larry Barnes, Mt. Vernon, NY, TKO-5 over Greg Cadiz, Hartford. Light-heavyweights: Ray Healy, Cranston, RI, win-6 over Carlos DeJesus, Taunton. Welterweights: Louie Veader, Pawtucket, RI, win-6 over Derrick Francis, Neward, NJ.

These articles appeared on page 23 of The Boston Patriot Ledger on 06/28/94