Fight Archives: Mike Tyson vs. Peter McNeeley

Milan Ordoņez on May 28, 2015 11:35 AM
Fight Archives: Mike Tyson vs. Peter McNeeley
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August 19, 1995. “Iron” Mike Tyson had just completed serving a three-year prison stint after being convicted for rape. 

Around this time, the “baddest man on the planet” had already tasted his first loss against James “Buster” Douglas, but his aura of invincibility and ferocity remained evident. Upon being granted parole in March of that year, promoter Don King immediately arranged for his most prized ward to get back in the ring. 

After some moments of sorting through possible opponents, Tyson’s people decided to book a fight against journeyman Peter McNeeley in a ten-round non-title bout in Las Vegas.

Many expected for it to be a one-sided affair with Tyson dominating, and it was exactly what happened. In less than 10 seconds after the opening ball rang in, Tyson knocked McNeeley down with a right hook. 

But McNeeley was not intending to just roll over and die. He immediately got up and continued to stand and trade shots with “Kid Dynamite”. After a few exchanges, he was once again rocked and sent down to the canvas, this time by a right upper cut. McNeeley wanted to continue, but his cornermen decided to put the fight to halt.

Official time of the stoppage was at the 1:29 mark of the first. Two fights after, Tyson fought for the WBC heavyweight title against Frank Bruno, where he won via third round TKO.

Relive the entire fight through this short clip.

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