Peter McNeeley
Nickname: Hurricane

Peter McNeeley

Born Oct 06, 1968
Age 48
Height 6'2"
Reach 77"
Head Trainers Vinnie Vecchione
Stance Orthodox
Style brawler / swarmer
Division Heavyweight
Years Active 1991-2001
Record 47 7 0
NC 0
KOs 36
KO% 66%


Medfield, MA USA


Peter McNeeley is perhaps best known as Mike Tyson's first opponent following Tyson's release from prison. 

Peter followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by entering the sport at the age of 18. As an amateur, he won the New England Golden Gloves in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1989 and the New England Diamond Belt Tournament later that year.

Peter's grandfather Tom Sr. was the national amateur champion and a member of the 1928 U.S. Olympic team. As a professional, Tom Sr. was the New England light heavyweight champion. He was also part of the first fight card ever held at the Boston Garden in 1928.

Peter's father Tom McNeeley Jr. was a well-known and popular heavyweight contender in the 50's and 60's, challenging Floyd Patterson for the world heavyweight championship in 1961. As a result of that fight, Tom McNeeley was captured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and Peter recalls seeing the magazines and newspaper clippings on his father and grandfather. Spending hours in the attic digging up all the old articles, Peter set his sights on the sport of boxing as well.

Peter's mother Nancy McNeeley was a finalist in the Miss Universe pageant in the early 60's. She later became a successful businesswoman and a professor at Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, where she taught a course in fashion marketing.

Turning professional in 1991, Peter quickly began to attract attention as an up-and-comer in the heavyweight division. In his debut on August 23, he scored a first-round knockout over veteran Van Dorsey. His first six fights were all wins by way of first-round knockout.

Peter would go on to win his first 24 fights, 18 by knockout, before suffering a defeat. On February 18, 1994, nearly three years after turning pro, he lost a hard fought battle to 6'10" Stanley Wright. Peter was clearly winning every round in the fight when he suffered a vicious cut in the seventh round. Though he felt it was caused by a thumb rather than a clean punch, the bout was halted a round later when the doctor saw the severity of the cut. Going ballistic at the announcement, Peter and his corner were furious with the decision that left him with his first professional loss.

Possessing power in both hands, Peter's 25 knockouts in the first round total more than even Mike Tyson. His explosive style and exciting ring persona attracted the attention of super promotor Don King, who quickly signed the young heavyweight to a multi-year contract.

Peter got the opportunity to go up against Tyson as the former undisputed champion's first post-prison opponent on August 19, 1995, a fight that would be seen by over one billion people worldwide and change Peter's life forever. Climbing into the ring as a considerable underdog, the Hurricane did what many did not think possible: he charged right at Tyson, smothering him with combinations and backing him up until a shot to the side of the head sent Peter to the canvas on the seat of his pants in a flash knockdown. Bouncing back up immediately, Peter continued to press the attack. The fighters exchanged heavy punches at a furious pace for another minute. Then Peter was floored by a thunderous uppercut. Peter looked dazed but was on his feet and ready to continue when manager and trainer Vinnie Vecchione climbed into the ring to save his fighter from further punishment, ending the fight by disqualification at the 1:39 mark. 


Had a 24 fight win streak and 12 consectutive KOs

Stared in a pizza commercial after losing to Mike Tyson 

  Significant Loses  

KO 2 Henry Akinwande - 2001
TKO 1 Eric Esch - 1999
KO 3 Brian Nielsen - 1999
DQ 1 Mike Tyson 



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The Wait/ Tyson vs McNeeley Part 4

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