Matthew E. O'Neil (born March 7,1976 Newton,Massachusetts) was selected for the Air Force Martial Arts program in 1997 by an E-7 in Mississippi while in the Air Force based upon his run time. He competed in two USA Boxing sanctioned bouts winning both by stoppage. He knocked out Jeffrey Naquin for a ten count.Naquin was on the 1991 and 1993 LSU National Baseball team.O'Neil tko'd 1997-1998 All Army superheavyweight champion Preston Hartzog in 1999.Hartzog was in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program and was also 1997 US Armed Forces Champion in the superheavyweight division. Hartzog won fifteen professional boxing matches and he only lost one close decision. Hartzog had a draw with UFC pioneer Patrick Smith.In 1993,Smith was ranked number one as a superheavyweight kickboxer in the United States and he held a number five ranking internationally. Hartzog beat Wesley "Cabbage" Correira in a MMA fight in 2000. Correira was top-rated at one point in his career.On November 21, 2003 Correira defeated Tank Abbott in a MMA fight at UFC 45 at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville,Conneticut.O'Neil's coach was Colorado based trainer Dickie Wood. Wood was co-trainer of WBC Heavyweight Champion Oleg Maskaev from 2006 to 2008.Hartzog won a silver medal at the 1999 Military World Games.
The positive results of the Naquin and Hartzog bouts were brought back to the national soccer league that O'Neil competed in as a youth. In 2013 and 2014 Plymouth, Massachusetts recieved its first NCAA Division 1 baseball scholarships for their high school program.O'Neil was selected for the Air Force Martial arts program on Schriever Air Force Base in 1997 and he used the facility for three years making a positive production result back to the town he was recruited from.O'Neil ran for Clark County Commission in Nevada in 2006 against Rory Reid. Reid ran for governor of Nevada four years later. He worked for Harvard University at the age of twenty five and twenty six in its development office.He graduated from Colorado Christian University with a B.S. in 2001 and from Regis University in 2004 with a MBA.He was employed with Northfield Leads Inc. for 43 months finishing with agency acquisition for Nationwide Insurance in 2017 and 2018.
O'Neil's career was covered by John J. Raspanti.Raspanti is the coauthor of the book Intimate Warfare and Blood On My Notebook.His career has also been covered by the United Kingdom based company Intuboxing.He was on The Grueling Truth and Fight News Unlimited Combat Sports podcasts in 2020.He is also the host of the Everipedia Boxing Show on Spotify.