Mike Tyson vs. Peter McNeeley

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Mike Tyson 220 lbs beat Peter McNeeley 224 lbs by DQ at 1:29 in round 1 of 10

Notes

  • Mike Tyson's first fight in 4 years due to his prison sentence. This bout was highly anticipated and set a new pay-per-view sales record.
  • McNeeley was down twice when his manager, Vinny Vecchione, entered the ring, forcing Referee Mills Lane to disqualify him.
  • Paid Attendance: 16,113


Background

Tyson had twice defeated the number two ranked heavyweight Donovan "Razor" Ruddock, in 1991. Shortly after his second victory over Ruddock, a blockbuster deal was made that would see Tyson face the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield on November 8, 1991. Before this match could take place, however, Tyson was arrested for the rape of 18-year-old Desiree Washington. He was subsequently convicted on February 10, 1992, and then sentenced to six years in prison on March 26. After serving three years, Tyson was paroled on March 25, 1995 and on March 29, he would hold a short press conference that would announce his return to boxing as well as that Don King would remain his promoter. After much debate over who would be Tyson's first opponent in his comeback, including talks about a potential superfight with George Foreman, it was announced that Tyson would face little-known Peter McNeeley on August 19, 1995.

The Fight

The fight lasted only 89 seconds with Tyson earning an easy victory via disqualification. McNeeley started the fight by aggressively attacking Tyson as soon as the opening bell rang. Tyson was able to avoid McNeeley's wild punches and land a right hook that dropped McNeeley to the canvas less than 10 seconds into the fight. After taking referee Mills Lane's standing eight count, McNeeley was allowed to continue and again would continue his aggressive assault on Tyson. The two men would exchange punches in the corner as the first minute of the round passed. Less than 20 seconds later, Tyson would land a right uppercut that again sent McNeeley down. With McNeeley clearly hurt from the exchange, his manager Vinnie Vecchione entered the ring to prevent McNeeley from taking any more damage, causing Lane to end the fight and award Tyson the victory by disqualification.

Aftermath

Highly anticipated, the fight was an overwhelming financial success, grossing $96 million worldwide, including a then-record $63 million in Pay-per-view buys with the fight being purchased by 1.52 million American homes. Tyson would eclipse this figure with three fights; two in 1996. A 1996 fight against Frank Bruno and a fight against Evander Holyfield and then the subsequent 1997 rematch between Tyson and Holyfield.

Undercard

- WBA Heavyweight Championship bout: United States Bruce Seldon vs. United States Joe Hipp. Seldon defeats Hipp by technical knockout in round ten.

- WBC Lightweight Championship bout: Mexico Miguel Ángel González vs. United States Lamar Murphy. González defeats Murphy by majority decision.

- WBC Light-middleweight Championship bout: Dominican Republic Luis Santana vs. United States Terry Norris. Norris defeats Santana by technical knockout in round two.

- WBC Middleweight Championship bout: United States Virgin Islands Julian Jackson vs. United States Quincy Taylor. Taylor defeats Jackson by technical knockout in round six.

Source

Source by Wikipedia.