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Hurricane Peter Hits South Africa

Posted on 05 June 2001 - 09:35

Peter McNeeley  Allsport American heavyweight Peter McNeeley, most famous as a former opponent of Mike Tyson, arrived in Cape Town on Tuesday morning ahead of his WBF title bout against Mike Barnardo on Friday night.

In 1995, McNeeley fought furiously for just 89 seconds before being disqualified in Tyson's first fight in four years after the former world champion had served a prison sentence.

McNeeley's father, Tom Jr, was a world title contender who lasted four rounds against world heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson in 1961.

His grandfather was a US light heavyweight amateur champion and a member of the US Olympic team in 1928.   And McNeeley's mother was a finalist in the Miss Universe pageant in the early 1960s.

McNeeley and manager-trainer Vinnie Vecchione checked in at a hotel on the Grand West Casino complex, the site of the bout.

The WBF showdown is one of two world titles on Friday's bill that has been labelled 'Mother City Madness'.

The other world championship is the Intercontinental Boxing Council's vacant super welterweight championship between local Virgil Kalakoda and Nigeria's Cyprian Emmetti.