Joe Mesi

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Joe Mesi
Statistics
Real name Joe Mesi
Nickname(s) Baby Joe
Rated at Heavyweight
Nationality American
Born (1973-11-27) November 27, 1973 (age 40)
Tonawanda, New York, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 36
Wins 36
Wins by KO 29
Losses 0
Draws 0
No contests 0

"Baby" Joe Mesi (born November 27, 1973) is an American boxer and politician from Tonawanda, New York. He is a registered member of the Democratic Party.

Early life[edit]

Joe grew up in Tonawanda, New York, a suburb of Buffalo. He attended Sweet Home High School in Amherst, New York. He did not start his boxing career until he was about 19 years of age.

Boxing career[edit]

He was a New York State Golden Gloves champion, and as an amateur boxer he defeated Hasim Rahman. In Buffalo, for a brief period, Joe was once considered by some to be the city's "third professional franchise," with the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills being the other two. Joe is often seen at Bills and Sabres games and also supports many local charities.

Injury and suspension[edit]

Mesi's promising boxing career was set back greatly when an MRI indicated he had suffered at least one, perhaps two subdural hematomas [1]

The injuries came from a 2004 bout with former cruiserweight champion Vassiliy Jirov. In round 9,[2][3] Mesi was knocked down from a right hook and in the tenth round he was knocked down two more times. Mesi managed to finish the fight on his feet and the bout was scored 94-93 for Mesi by all three judges (i.e., won by unanimous decision),

Mesi presented evidence that he never actually sustained any internal brain bleeding to the Nevada commission, but they ignored it and suspended him.[4] The suspension effectively blacklisted him from boxing anywhere in the United States under the premise of the full faith and credit clause. He launched several ineffective lawsuits against parties they claimed had 'leaked' news of his health, while also appealing to Nevada representatives that he should be allowed to box. The suspension was officially lifted when Mesi's Nevada boxing license expired at the end of 2005. However, he was unable to renew the license due to the concerns of Nevada boxing officials. Mesi has since been licensed by the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission in February 2006, the Louisiana State Boxing Commission in June 2006, the Arkansas State Boxing Commission in August 2006, the Michigan State Boxing Commission in September 2006, the West Virginia State Boxing Commission in February 2007, and the Rhode Island State Boxing Commission in October 2007.

Joe Mesi has one of the longest active undefeated professional boxing records in the world for a heavyweight. Ranked #1 heavyweight contender by the WBC prior to his two-year layoff, Mesi was #16 in the December 2007 rankings.[5] He has not actively boxed since 2007, having instead turned to politics.

Political career[edit]

On February 14, 2008, Mesi publicly expressed his interest to run for the New York State Senate. He attempted to fill the 61st District seat vacated by Mary Lou Rath.[6] He won the Democratic primary for the seat on September 9, 2008. [7] Mesi lost the general election to Republican Michael Ranzenhofer.[8]

Most recently, Joe has taken a position with the Democratic Senate Majority heading up a local Buffalo liaison office. Mesi's name was circulated as a potential Democratic candidate to replace the retiring Jim Hayes in the New York State Assembly. The assembly seat was won by Raymond Walter.

Professional boxing record[edit]

36 Wins (29 knockouts, 7 decisions), 0 Losses, 0 Draws [9]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 36–0 United States Shannon Miller TKO 1 (10) 12/10/2007 United States Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States Won vacant WBC USNBC Heavyweight title.
Win 35–0 United States Ron Johnson KO 1 (10) 14/04/2007 United States The Hughes Center, Russellville, Arkansas, United States
Win 34–0 United States George Linberger TKO 1 (10) 22/02/2007 United States Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, Chester, West Virginia, United States
Win 33–0 United States Jason Weiss UD 4 15/09/2006 United States Little River Casino, Manistee, Michigan, United States
Win 32–0 United States Dennis Matthews TKO 2 (4) 12/08/2006 United States Pope County Fairgrounds, Russellville, Arkansas, United States
Win 31–0 Canada Stephane Tessier UD 6 23/06/2006 Canada Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 30–0 United States Ronald Bellamy UD 8 01/04/2006 Puerto Rico Coliseo Mario 'Quijote' Morales, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Win 29–0 Kazakhstan Vassiliy Jirov UD 10 13/03/2004 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 28–0 United States Monte Barrett MD 10 06/12/2003 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Win 27–0 United States DaVarryl Williamson KO 1 (10) 27/09/2003 United States HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 26–0 United States Robert Davis TKO 1 (12) 24/06/2003 United States HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York, United States Won vacant NABF heavyweight title.
Win 25–0 United States Jason Curry KO 2 (10) 28/03/2003 United States Creek Nation Gaming Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 24–0 Nigeria David Izon KO 9 (10) 18/10/2002 United States HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 23–0 United States Talmadge Griffis TKO 5 (10) 07/06/2002 United States Rawhide Arena, Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Win 22–0 United States Keith McKnight TKO 6 (10) 05/04/2002 United States Alumni Arena, Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 21–0 United States Derrick Banks TKO 1 (10) 02/11/2001 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 20–0 United States Bert Cooper TKO 7 (10) 27/07/2001 United States Civic Center, Niagara Falls, New York, United States
Win 19–0 Cuba Jorge Luis Gonzalez TKO 4 (10) 27/04/2001 United States Civic Center, Niagara Falls, New York, United States
Win 18–0 United States Joey Guy TKO 3 (10) 11/11/2000 Canada Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Win 17–0 United States Matthew Green KO 2 (6) 23/06/2000 United States Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 16–0 United States John Rainwater TKO 3 (?) 25/02/2000 United States Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island, United States
Win 15–0 United States Gary Winmon TKO 1 (10) 17/12/1999 United States Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 14–0 United States Anthony Green TKO 8 (10) 17/09/1999 United States Flickenger Athletic Center, Buffalo, New York, United States Won USA New York State Heavyweight title.
Win 13–0 Jamaica Rowyan Wallace KO 2 (6) 04/06/1999 United States Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 12–0 United States Brian Sargent KO 1 (6) 24/04/1999 United States Arts Museum, Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 11–0 United States Dwayne Hall TKO 1 (4) 19/02/1999 United States Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York, United States
Win 10–0 United States Rodney McSwain TKO 3 (6) 03/12/1998 United States Sheraton Hotel, Houston, Texas, United States
Win 9–0 United States Jihad Abdulaziz UD 4 09/10/1998 United States Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York, United States
Win 8–0 Mexico Martin Lopez KO 3 (6) 27/08/1998 United States Arena Theatre, Houston, Texas, United States
Win 7–0 United States Kevin Rosier TKO 2 (4) 26/07/1998 United States Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York, United States
Win 6–0 United States Art Bayliss KO 1 (4) 25/06/1998 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 5–0 United States Mike McGrady TKO 2 (4) 02/04/1998 United States Erie County College, Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 4–0 United States Darryl Spratt KO 1 (4) 20/02/1998 United States Argosy Festival Atrium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Win 3–0 United States Calvin Smith UD 4 04/12/1997 United States Pepsi Arena, Albany, New York, United States
Win 2–0 United States Jim Brackney KO 2 (4) 25/11/1997 United States El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas, United States
Win 1–0 United States Dwane Cason Allen KO 1 (4) 01/11/1997 United States Apollo Theater, New York, New York, United States

Accomplishments[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Boxingscene.com article, 'Joe Mesi Return A Complex Proposition [10]
  • Above article highlights a subsequent change in the rules applying to professional boxers in the State of Nevada which would allow Mesi to apply to fight in Nevada again (previously not so)

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