Monday, February 17, 1992

Fourth straight first-round K.O. for McNeeley

By Jay N. Miller
For The Patriot Ledger

BROCKTON — The South Shore Boxing Club of Whitman produced a pair of winners at Saturday night's professional card at Brockton High School.

Heavyweight Peter McNeeley ran his record to 4-0 with his fourth straight first-round knockout, putting the lights out for New Hampshire's Phil Prince at 2:39 of the opening frame.

Prince came out swinging, and it was a lively brawl while it lasted, but McNeeley's potent left hook again proved devastating.

Undefeated heavyweight prospect Peter McNeeley hammers opponent Phil Prince with a potent left hook Saturday night in Brockton. McNeeley ran his record to 4-0 with his fourth straight first-round knockout.

Middleweight Mike Culbert, fighting his second bout in 29 months, won a majority decision in a four-rounder against Connecticut's Francisco Rodriguez.

Holbrook native Culbert had returned to the ring last winter after an 18-month hiatus, and lost a decision while looking very sluggish.

Saturday, after almost a year off, Culbert appeared to have regained his old form in improving his overall pro mark to 6-2.

Saturday's main event was a surprisingly tight battle. The original foe for New England lightweight champ Ray Oliveira was New York's Robin David, but he had to withdraw after he was mugged in the Gotham City.

Last minute sub Eddie Colon brought a 6-0 record and fierce body attack with him, however, and the flashy Oliveira had all he could handle for eight rounds.

Oliveira's hand speed was a puzzle Colon never solved, though, and the New Bedford youngster went to 12-0 with the unanimous decision victory.

Goody Petronelli's international trio of Brockton-based boxers all won. Dutch cruiserweight John Andrade outslugged Luis Oliveira for a second-round TKO. Barbados cruiserweight Parmesan Iffel outboxed Ruben Cardona for a six-round decision and French welterweight Benny Joe Richardson came off the canvas in the first round to decision Greg Cardiz in six.

Taunton light-heavy Carlos DeJesus fell to 2-1 with a decision loss to New Hampshire's Ed Kelly.

The show drew 300 fans and was a fundraiser for Save Our Sports, a program formed to help maintain Brockton High's athletic programs.

This story appeared in The Boston Patriot Ledger on 02/17/92