THE DAILY TRANSCRIPT Monday, July 15, 1996

Denver Altitude KOs McNeeley

By Stephen Tobey

DENVER — Peter McNeeley learned the hard way Saturday afternoon that the Rocky Mountain altitude of the Mile-High City is no joke.

In town for the first bout of a 6-fight contract with CBS Sports, The Hurricane huffed, puffed, and slugged his way through five grueling rounds before running out of gas and getting stopped by unheralded local boxer Louis Monaco.

BIG PUNCHERS — Heavyweights Peter McNeeley (left) and Louis Monaco entertained the crowd with a grueling, non-stop slugfest at Mammouth Events Center in Denver Saturday afternoon.

McNeeley was ahead on the cards at the time of the stoppage.

The stunning upset derailed McNeeley's comeback from a high profile loss to Mike Tyson in Las Vegas last August. McNeeley had bounced back from the Tyson fiasco by winning the USBF heavyweight title with a second round K.O. of Michael Sam on the opening night of Boston's new Fleet Center arena in October. He then reeled off four more wins by knockout — all coming in the first or second round.

See also:  McNeeley No Punchline   [Nando SportServer]

This story ran on page 25 of The Dedham Daily Transcript on 07/15/96