Mike Tyson vs Peter McNeeley official on-site 46 page programme, billed "He's Back", 19th August 1995, MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
Tyson W disqualification round 1
This was Mike Tyson’s first fight in 4 years, due to his prison sentence, McNeeley was down twice and his Manager, Vinny Vecchione, entered the ring, forcing Referee Mills Lane to disqualify him.
Born Michael Gerard Tyson on June 30, 1966 in Brooklyn, NY. A standout amateur, Tyson was the 1984 National Golden Gloves champion. Following a controversial loss to Henry Tillman at the 1984 Olympic trials, he turned pro in 1985.
Behind his trademark peek-a-boo defence, quick hand speed and swarming combination punching, Tyson strung together 19 straight knockout victories before going the 10-round distance in back-to-back fights with James “Quick” Tillis and Mitch Green. Six more knockouts followed before stopping WBC king Trevor Berbick (TKO 2) in 1986 to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history.
He added the WBA title with a decision over James Smith (W 12) and unified the titles with a win over IBF champion Tony Tucker (W 12), both in 1987. Six defences of the unified titles came next, including wins over Larry Holmes, Tony Tubbs, Frank Bruno and Carl Williams. He stopped Michael Spinks in 91 seconds to earn universal recognition as champion in 1988. In 1990 he lost the title in an upset loss to James “Buster” Douglas. He rebounded for four wins, including two against Razor Ruddock. A proposed 1991 title bout with Evander Holyfield was postponed due to a rib injury. Tyson reclaimed the WBC and WBA titles in bouts with Frank Bruno (TKO 3) and Bruce Seldon (TKO 1) respectively in 1996. That same year, he lost the WBA strap to Holyfield (TKO by 11) and, in the 1997 rematch, Tyson lost by disqualification. From 1999 - 2001, six fights followed, including wins over Frans Botha (KO 5), Lou Savarese (TKO 1) and Brian Nielsen (TKO 7).
In 2002 he was unsuccessful in a heavyweight title bid against champion Lennox Lewis (KO by 8).
“Iron” Mike retired from the ring in 2005 with a 50-6,2 NC (44 KOs) record.
Peter McNeeley (born October 6, 1968 in Medfield, Massachusetts) is a former heavyweight, best known for his 1995 fight with Mike Tyson in which McNeeley had famously vowed to wrap Tyson in a "cocoon of horror."
McNeeley fought aggressively and was knocked down twice within the first two minutes as a result. McNeeley was disqualified after his manager Vinnie Vecchione stepped into the ring to stop his fighter from taking any more punishment after the second knockdown. TV Guide included the fight in their list of the 50 Great TV Sports Moment of All Time in 1998.
McNeeley is the son of former heavyweight contender Tom McNeeley. Peter McNeeley is a graduate of Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and holds a bachelors degree in political science.
After his loss to Tyson in 1995, McNeeley won the USBF heavyweight championship with a second round stoppage of Mike Sam at the Fleet Center in Boston. He recorded four consecutive early-round knockouts over a nine month stretch before he suffered another setback at the hands of journeyman Louis Monaco in Denver on July 13, 1996.
Apart from the fight with Tyson, other notable opponents include Eric "Butterbean" Esch, Henry Akinwande and Brian Nielsen. Esch stopped McNeeley in the first round in their meeting in 1999, while Akinwande was able to stop him in the second round of their meeting in 2001.
Now living in Norwood, Massachusetts, McNeeley spends his time in the gym teaching others to box.
In 1995, McNeeley was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
In March 2006, McNeeley was arrested in Norwood, Massachusetts, after he punched a man and stole his wallet containing 200 dollars.
In June 2006, McNeeley was arrested for driving the getaway car used in a robbery of a Walgreens in Stoughton, Massachusetts. After searching the car, police recovered $180 in cash and a black fanny pack which had also been stolen from the store.