Peter Neglia has been selected as an inductee to the NJ Martial Arts Hall of Fame for the category of Ring Announcer.
He has announced over 100 Shows in the New Jersey area, most recently, as associated with his brother, Louis Neglia’s Ring of Combat MMA Events and before that Lou’s Hard Knock Productions of World Class Kickboxing.
Peter grew up in Brooklyn, NY, attended Xaverian High School, and received his B.A. Degree from the University of Pittsburgh and J.D. Degree from Fordham University.
By profession, he now works in the field of Real Estate Management for a major company with properties throughout the East Coast, prior to that fulfilling the same responsibilities for Trump Management in the Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island areas of New York.
His association with the Martial Arts began many years ago as one of the early students at his brother Lou’s Martial Arts Karate Academy in Brooklyn. While he fondly remembers once winning a third place trophy at a contact points tournament, he quickly realized that he needed a more gentlemanly way to continue his participation with the sport.
Prior to the Announcing of his first professional Show, Peter worked the corner for his Brother Lou’s World Championship title fights in Madison Square Garden and vividly recalls the early days when Lou began promoting Events in high school gyms before a few hundred people.
His classic Main Event opening line is “Let the Fight Begin” and he always urges the crowd to cheer on their favorites but to show all of the fighters the respect for the hard work and courage that brings them into the ring. His pause before announcing the winning corner in close fights keeps the crowd on edge as they wait to acknowledge the winner.
Peter has announced Shows at many establishments throughout the East Coast including Madison Square Garden, Mohegan Sun, the Taj Mahal, Caesar’s and most recently his brother Lou’s Ring of Combat 46 Event-the longest running Show at the Tropicana in Atlantic City. These Events have been televised by major networks including ESPN, MSG, Telemundo and Sports Channel and are regularly aired on the cable show, Inside MMA.
He is most proud of the opportunity he has had to meet so many professionals in what he considers one of the most popular, competitive and fastest growing sports in the country. It has been thrilling to him to have announced fighters who have worked their way up through the Ring of Combat, the proving ground of champions, and have reached the highest World Championship level in the sport. He is sure many of the current Ring of Combat fighters will likewise have that success.
He is grateful for this honor, congratulates all of tonight’s inductees for their accomplishments in and outside the Ring and wishes the best of success to all the fighters in the game today.