Leominster Cop Apprehended
By JD Vena
LEOMINSTER, MA - This past June at the Leominster Armory, fat, fun-loving
Leominster police detective named Joe Siciliano decided that facing Peter
McNeeley, a 50-fight veteran, would be a bright idea despite not having a
clue of what a jab was. To his utter dismay, in a matter of 2:59 Siciliano
found out what it was like to be hit with jabs', left hooks and right
crosses. He also found out what it was like to be bounced around the ring,
being floored three times in his effort against McNeeley. On each of his
three trips to the canvas, Siciliano landed face-first or slammed his head
off the canvas.
Despite this painful learning experience, Siciliano felt that it would be a
good idea to fight again. Entering the ring last night with 3 wins over
completely nondescript foes, Siciliano returned to the same venue where he
was pummeled nearly a year ago. This time, Siciliano was again knocked
completely unconscious by a left hook thrown by Paul Smith of Worcester.
Fortunately, Siciliano, 268, had the benefit of being stretched on the first
tier rope in his own corner. A count would have been unnecessary for Mike
Ryan, the referee who stopped the fight at the 2:35 mark. The win for
Smith, 208 ½, was his first in as many bouts.
In an 8-round cruiserweight co-feature, Worcester's Sean "The Irish Express"
Fitzgerald, 190, won a lopsided unanimous decision over Holbrook's Dan
Sheehan, the man who upset Teddy Atlas' Elvir Muriqi on ESPN2 last year.
Sheehan, 187, had his way with Fitz in the 1st round, rushing him into the
ropes with wild haymakers, but appeared exhausted for the remaining seven.
Judges, Nick Previti and Paul Barry scored the fight 79-73 (as did the CBZ)
and Billy Connolly, who rarely ever gets it right had it 80-72. Fitzgerald
won for the 30th time against only two defeats in 1993 to Roberto Duran and
Dana Rosenblatt. Sheehan, who according to his trainer and former fighter,
Mike Cappiello was battling a cold is now 6-6.
In a rousing heavyweight fight, Brian Nix, 250, of Rochester, NY scored a
lopsided 6-round decision over a game Ron McCarthy, 231 ½, of Allentown, PA.
Though all three judges had it a 60-54 shutout, the fight was competitive
with the 43-year old McCarthy and Nix exchanging crisp combinations. Nix,
who will be heading into Chelsea next Tuesday to help Johnny Ruiz prepare
for Holyfield is now13-8 with 1 KO. McCarthy fell to 8-20-1 with 5 KO's.
Jessie Chavers, 162 ½, of Newark, NJ won a unanimous 6-round decision over a
rugged Rocky McCray, 164, of Atlantic City, NJ. Yolanda Gonzalez, 116, also
of Newark halted local journeywoman, Michelle Taylor of Lanesboro at 2:56 of
the third round. Mike Ryan stopped the fight after Taylor's nose began to
bleed profusely (No, not quite as much as Paz' the other night). Gonzalez,
a prospect of former world champion, Charles "The Natural" Murray is
unbeaten in her two fights.
The first contest of the evening was a 4-round exhibition between Worcester
pals, "El Gallo" (The Rooster) Jose Antonio Rivera and Andres Aviles. On
March 24th, the two will be featured on Ken Kosla's next show at the
Worcester Centrum Centre. Aviles, an accomplished amateur of the local scene
will be making his pro debut on the show. Rivera (33-3, 21 KO's) on the
other hand will be fighting the most important fight of his 8-year career.
Rivera, the Massachusetts jr. middlweight champion will be pitted against
former IBF jr. middlweight champion, Vincent "The Ambassador" Pettway
(43-6-1, 32 KO's) in a 12-round main event for the vacant North American
Boxing Association (the NABF of the WBA) jr. middlweight title.
Underneath the Rivera-Pettway fight, Dublin, Ireland's Jim "The Pink
Panther" Rock (18-1), who made his American debut in December, is also
expected to appear. As of this writing, Rock, jr. middleweight champion of
the Republic of Ireland does not yet have an opponent scheduled for the
event. Also expected to return to action is Hartford's John "The Iceman"
Scully (37-10, 21 KO's), a former world title challenger, who will be
fighting for the first time since June of 1999. Stay tuned.
Promoter - Ken Kosla's BoxAmerica