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ONLY IN AMERICA; WILL HURRICANE BE STRONGER THAN FELIX?
Published August 18, 1995
Some quotes and notes on the eve of MIKE TYSON's return to the ring evening against "HURRICANE" PETER MCNEELEY: In Atlanta, Prentis Rogers writes that Tyson's return to the ring "is such a compelling story that SET (Showtime Entertainment Television) may not fall too short of its projected 1 million orders" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/18). In Philadelphia, Bill Lyon calls the event the "swindle of the year" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 8/18). In Chicago, Michael Hirsley writes, "Some do not hesitate to embrace former champion Tyson as the sport's savior. Others feel he is already hurting boxing by creating such a stir over such a mismatch" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/18). In Ft. Worth, Gil Lebreton writes for $39.95, fans "can take a pay-per-view-peek tomorrow night. Or you can gouge both of your ears with pinking shears. Either would make equal sense" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 8/18). Jay Leno: "Peter 'Hurricane' McNeeley got some bad news today. The National Weather Service downgraded him to Tropical Storm McNeeley. ...The odds for this fight are 17-1, which means if he had 17 guys in the ring with him, he might win" ("Tonight," NBC, 8/17). CELEB WATCH: In Tyson's corner on Saturday will be Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dog. Also expected to show are Don Johnson, Demi Moore, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Patrick Ewing, Kevin Costner and Naughty By Nature (BOSTON HERALD, 8/18).