Whatever Happened To: Peter McNeeley?
Herald News Sports Editor Mike Thomas reports that Peter McNeeley may have lost
his highly publicized fight with Mike Tyson back in 1995, but he certainly hasn't lost his sense of humor.
[The Fall River Herald News - Wed., April 22, 2009]
Peter McNeeley Still Getting Tyson Prank Calls!
Peter McNeeley, who is most remembered for his fight with Mike Tyson, was quoted
in a recent article regarding the prank calls he still gets over that bout. "I guess someone posted my number somewhere on the
[www.DoghouseBoxing.com - Wed., April 22, 2009]
Inside Track — The Hurricane Is A Dad
We Hear: Norwood boxer Peter McNeeley is a dad. Peter's
gal pal, Tanya Armstead, gave birth to a daughter, Nadiya Gabrielle, at Brigham and Women's Hospital last week.
The little no-so-heavyweight checked in at 7 pounds, 14 ounces.
[The Boston Herald - Tue., November 27, 2007]
Why The Comeback? McNeeley Explains
Why bother? Why come back to this most dangerous game? Former heavyweight contender
Peter McNeeley explains the reasons for resuming his ring career at age 38 after a six year layoff.
[The Sweet Science - Mon., August 20, 2007]
TSS Comeback Alert: Peter McNeeley
Peter McNeeley has announced to The Sweet Science that he'll give it one more go in the ring. The
Massachusetts heavyweight, who has battled substance abuse demons far more persistent and insidious than any in-ring foe, will strap on the gloves and fight
a four round match in Dorchester on September 8.
[The Sweet Science - Thur., August 16, 2007]
Hurricane Interview On 'Just My Show'
Pop culture podcast "Just My Show" checks in with heavyweight boxer Peter McNeeley
for a lively interview and bonus clips available for download on their website or through the iTunes podcast directory. Timothy Van Patten, who
played Salami on "The White Shadow," is also featured in the episode (Show #4).
[Just My Show - April 2006]
Pro Boxing Helps Cell Phones For Soldiers
Popular heavyweight boxer Peter McNeeley and New England junior welterweight
champ Jeff Fraza will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs at a Rising Star Promotions fight card in Braintree, MA, Saturday
night, November 26. Proceeds raised will benefit the Cell Phones For Soldiers fund.
[Cell Phones For Soldiers - November 2005]
Boston Sports Review: Peter McNeeley
Boston's newest sports magazine profiles the city's
own fightin' Irishman, "Hurricane" Peter McNeeley, in the August 2005 issue.
[Boston Sports Review - August 2005]
Peter McNeeley — Ten Years Later
Many people thought of Peter McNeeley when they saw
Kevin McBride fight Tyson Saturday night. Fan 590 Sports Radio of Toronto, a SportsNet affiliate, tracked
down The Hurricane for an exclusive interview.
[Fan590/SportsNet - Mon., June 13, 2005]
McNeeley Reflects On Tyson-McBride
Almost ten years ago, Peter McNeeley was in Kevin
McBride's shoes -- but that's not to say he empathizes with him. MaxBoxing checks in with The Hurricane
for his thoughts on the fight and to find out what he's been up to lately.
[www.MaxBoxing.com - Sat., June 11, 2005]
McNeeleys Pitch In To KO Addiction
Former heavyweight contender Tom McNeeley is set to
appear at a benefit for the Gavin House and other local treatment facilities Friday night in Dorchester.
McNeeley will be joined by his son Peter, who currently fights out of Framingham, and an all-star lineup of
veteran boxers, including Micky Ward, Carmen Basillio, Gerry Cooney, Tony DeMarco, Vinnie Pazienza and state
auditor Joe DeNucci.
[The Boston Herald - Fri., October 22, 2004]
The Hurricane Speaks
Peter McNeeley is a fast talking, balls of steel,
shoot from the hip kind of guy we can all relate to on some level. Win, lose or draw, the Hurricane
always puts on a show for the fans. And for the fans, McNeeley agreed to sit down with Doghouse Boxing
for a candid Q & A session.
[www.DoghouseBoxing.com - Mon., June 21, 2004]
A Knockout Fund-Raiser
Pro boxer Peter McNeeley participated in a
fund-raiser at the Franklin Elks club Friday night for 18-year-old Danny Ober of Medway, who is
recovering from stabbing wounds suffered during a student field trip to Montreal last month.
[The Milford Daily News - Sun., April 25, 2004]
Boston's Hurricane On The 'Canes
With Hurricane Isabel wreaking havoc
all along the East Coast and the Eagles preparing for their toughest battle of the season
against the Miami Hurricanes, Boston College students sought out Boston's own Hurricane –
Peter McNeeley – for his thoughts on the upcoming weekend.
[www.EagleAction.com - Thur., September 18, 2003]
McNeeley To Attend Make-A-Wish Benefit
The Mayflower Foundation will stage
a benefit for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts at the Boston Children's Museum
this Saturday night. Boxing star Peter McNeeley will be on hand to sign autographs.
[Hurricane Watch - Tue., August 5, 2003]
McNeeley Takes A Dive For Charity
The Dover Foundation presented its
20th year revival of "Guys and Dolls," a rollicking musical based on a Damon Runyon story.
Professional boxer Peter McNeeley from neighboring Medfield was featured in a small
role as a pugilist who is knocked to the canvas.
[Hurricane Watch - Thu., June 5, 2003]
McNeeley Punching The Clock
Although he says he hasn't hung up
the gloves yet, Peter McNeeley has not been heard from much lately. The Boston Globe
dropped in on the Hurricane earlier this week and got the scoop on what the still-popular
local pugilist has been up to.
[The Boston Globe - Fri., December 6, 2002]
Tom & Peter McNeeley Featured in Ring Magazine
Father and son fighters Tom and Peter
McNeeley sat down with The Ring for a candid and revealing interview about the
many parallels they have experienced in both their professional careers and personal
[The Ring Magazine - February 2003 (on sale starting November 15, 2002) ]
Tom McNeeley Honored By N.E. Hall Of Fame
Former New England Heavyweight
Champion and world-class contender Tom McNeeley was honored as Veteran Boxer of the Year
at the New England Boxing Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in Dorchester. Citations were
presented by Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift and State Auditor Joe DeNucci.
[Boston Post-Gazette - Fri., September 27, 2002]
Exclusive Interview With Peter McNeeley
Having dynamite in both of his hands,
heavyweight boxer Peter McNeeley is known for dropping bombs and electrifying the crowd.
BoxingTalk was able to get together with McNeeley for an exclusive interview. Click here
to see what the Hurricane had to say.
[www.BoxingTalk.net - Sat., August 24, 2002]
Peter McNeeley Profiled On CNN
Peter McNeeley will always be
remembered as Mike Tyson's first opponent after being released from prison, a fight that
remains one of the highest grossing pay-per-view events of all time. So where is McNeeley
now? CNN catches up with the "Hurricane" on a recent edition of People In The News.
[CNN: "People In The News" - Thur., July 25, 2002]
McNeeley Off Friday Card At Florian Hall
Peter McNeeley will not be headlining
the Friday night boxing card at Dorchester's Florian Hall as previously announced.
The fights are being staged to raise money for firefighters and policemen injured in the
World Trade Center bombing rescue effort.
[Hurricane Watch - Wed., March 13, 2002]
Hurricane's In The House!
Heavyweight boxer Peter McNeeley
appeared as the featured speaker in a recent assembly at the Leon Regional Juvenile
Detention Center in Tallahassee, Florida. The secure full-lockdown facility houses
youthful offenders ages 13-18.
[Hurricane Watch - Wed., September 5, 2001]
McNeeley Runs 10K Race For Cancer Research
Peter McNeeley participated in the
eighteenth annual James Joyce Ramble through the streets of Dedham, MA, on Sunday
morning. A large crowd gathered to watch the 10K race, which featured nearly a
dozen of the world's finest runners.
[Neponset Valley Daily News - Tue., June 19, 2001]
McNeeley Ready To Take On Another Mike
For Peter McNeeley, Wednesday was just
another day at work - even though he could be 48 hours away from becoming a world
heavyweight champion. McNeeley accepted the challenge only five days ago and flew
halfway around the world for the opportunity.
[Super Sports Zone South Africa - Thur., June 7, 2001]
Akinwande Stops McNeeley To Take WBC Title
Henry Akinwande looked sharp Saturday
night at the Moon Sports Arena using his superior size and reach effectively to stop a game
Peter McNeeley and retain the WBC International heavyweight title.
[The Tallahassee Democrat - Sun., March 18, 2001]
Heavyweight Showdown: McNeeley Fights Back
Peter McNeeley has thrown some big punches,
but he's also taken a few. Battling his way back from a nightmare of alcohol and substance
abuse, the Bay State heavyweight has been clean for the last year and is now preparing himself
for a tough assignment in the ring.
[The Tallahassee Democrat - Sat., March 3, 2001]
McNeeley To Fight Akinwande For WBC Title
“Hurricane” Peter McNeeley will be taking on Henry
Akinwande for the WBC Intercontinental heavyweight championship on St. Patrick's Day.
The 6 ft. 8 in. Akinwande is currently ranked as the number 7 heavyweight by the World Boxing
Council. This will be the most significant bout ever to take place in Tallahassee, Florida.
[The Tallahassee Democrat - Fri., February 23, 2001]
McNeeley's Struggle Inspires Inmate
Heavyweight boxer Peter McNeeley spoke with candor about his addictions in a column by
Joe Fitzgerald three weeks ago, calling them "my toughest opponent of all." It generated many letters and phone calls, but
one in particular seemed worthy of further exposure.
[The Boston Herald - Wed., July 5, 2000]
McNeeley Ends Foe's Dream In 25 Seconds
Joe Siciliano's "Walter Mitty night" in the ring
came crashing down roughly 25 seconds after it began. That's the point at which Peter McNeeley
landed a solid left hook and Siciliano went over backward, landing on his shoulders and banging his
head off the canvas.
[The Patriot Ledger - Mon., June 19, 2000]
McNeeley Scores First Round KO!
Peter McNeeley KO'd Joe Siciliano in the first
round of their heavyweight fight Saturday night. Siciliano was floored several times in the
brief bout. The final knockdown was the result of a crunching overhand right to the temple.
Referee Dick Flaherty reached the count of ten at 2:57.
[Fight News Daily - Sun., June 18, 2000]
McNeeley KOs Siciliano In First Round
What was perhaps the most eagerly anticipated
boxing match in northern Worcester County history didn't last long - or end happily for Leominster
locals - last night as Peter McNeeley knocked down Joe Siciliano repeatedly to win by KO in the first
[The Worcester Telegram - Sun., June 18, 2000]
Leominster Cop Hopes To Handcuff Idle McNeeley
This is the start of Peter McNeeley's road back to
respectability - or at least he hopes it is. Leominster's Joe Siciliano plans to derail the
comeback dreams of the Medfield brawler.
[The Worcester Telegram - Fri., June 16, 2000]
McNeeley Tops Local Fight Card - June 17th
The Hurricane will be fighting in the
main event of a boxing card at the National Guard Armory in Leominster, Mass. (near
Worcester) on June 17th. This will be Peter's first local ring appearance in almost
three years. Click here for more information:
[Hurricane Watch - Thur., June 15, 2000]
Boxer Wary Of Addiction's Sucker Punch
Peter McNeeley acknowledges he made a mess of the
gifts he was given. It's called taking personal inventory and he's been doing it every day for
months now, attempting, at 31, to finally gain the upper hand over what he calls "my toughest
opponent of all."
[The Boston Herald - Wed., June 14, 2000]
Smokin' Joe Takes On Hurricane Pete
It's ten days and counting until the highly
anticipated boxing match between "Hurricane" Peter McNeeley and undefeated Leominster police detective
Joe Siciliano. Siciliano says getting through the first round with McNeeley is key.
[The Montachusett Telegram & Gazette - Wed., June 7, 2000]
Hurricane To Appear At Autograph Show in N.J.
Peter McNeeley has been contracted by Land of
Legends to appear at an autograph show this Saturday and Sunday, June 3 - 4, from 11AM to 3PM at the
Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ. Also on tap will be former heavyweight champ Jimmy
Ellis. New York City and New Jersey fans are invited to come out and meet the Hurricane in
[Land Of Legends - Wed., May 31, 2000]
McNeeley Getting Ready To Rumble
The Hurricane will be back in action early this
summer, returning to the ring in June or July. Pete is tentatively scheduled to headline a card
in Leominster, MA, and negotiations are underway for a high profile fight in Detroit.
[Hurricane Watch - Fri., May 19, 2000]
The Hurricane Fights For Charity
Peter McNeeley continues to be an
active member of the community and a supporter of many charitable causes.
[Hurricane Watch - Sun., July 25, 1999]
McNeeley Stopped By Butterbean In Controversial Call By Referee
Although the Bean had scored with a heavy
uppercut and a four-punch flurry, the round was one second from being over and McNeeley's hands
were still up.
[The Boston Globe - Sun., June 27, 1999]
Emotional Times For McNeeley
In an emotional display that left a
pre-fight press conference crowd at first agape and then applauding wildly, the Medfield
heavyweight and reforming addict stood at a podium in Las Vegas and wept.
[The Boston Globe - Thur., June 24, 1999]
McNeeley Fights to Remain Sober
Peter McNeeley struggles to win the
toughest fight of his life - against drug and alcohol abuse.
[The Boston Globe - Thurs., April 16, 1998]
McNeeley Dedicates Next Fight to Pal Chris Farley
Peter McNeeley remembers the late Chris
Farley and discusses his own struggle against substance abuse.
[CNN/Sports Illustrated - Thurs., January 8, 1998]
Peter McNeeley Impressive in Return to the Ring
Local boxer Peter McNeeley clearly
dominated Doug Davies, winning a unanimous decision and showing surprising boxing skill last
night at the Roxy. It was McNeeley's first fight in sixteen months.
[The Boston Globe - Sat., December 6, 1997]
Tyson and McNeeley Weigh In For the Big Fight
A large crowd gathered in Las Vegas to watch Mike
Tyson and Peter McNeeley step up to the scales at the official weigh-in for their highly anticipated
heavyweight fight. The bout will be held Saturday night at the MGM Grand casino.
[The Philadelphia Inquirer - Fri., August 18, 1995]
McNeeley Gets Title Shot Against McCall
Newly crowned WBC heavyweight champion Oliver
McCall announced that his first title defense will be against Boston-based contender Peter McNeeley
(30-1, 24 KO's). The fighters appeared at a press conference with promoter Don King yesterday afternoon
in the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center.
[The New York Post - Wed., September 28, 1994]
Fighting For A Dream Role
Bridgewater State College junior — and
amateur boxer — Peter McNeeley may soon be pursuing a career in the movies. The young heavyweight,
who won the New England Golden Gloves earlier this year, has been named as a finalist for a leading role
in the next installment of the "Rocky" movie series.
[The Brockton Enterprise - Fri., October 6, 1989]