|Real name||Joe Mesi|
|Born||November 27, 1973|
Tonawanda, New York, United States
|Wins by KO||29|
He was a New York State Golden Gloves champion, and as an amateur boxer he defeated future two-time Heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman. Mesi made it all the way to the finals in the 1996 Olympic Trials, but lost to eventual US heavyweight representative Lawrence Clay-Bey. 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 still often seen at Bills and Sabres games and also supports many local charities.
In 2002, Mesi started a non-profit to raise awareness about organ donation and transplantation upon finding out his cousin was in need of a kidney transplant, and to help others in the Upstate New York area who needed such surgeries. His cousin, Ganelle Shanor, died in an accident before she was able to receive the operation. In January 2004, Mesi donated $7,500 to the Golisano Children's Hospital in Rochester, New York as a way of giving back to the Rochester community and to promote an upcoming fight at the Blue Cross Arena, with kidney transplant recipient Dillon Gonzalez and his family in attendance. The foundation was funded in part by admission fees to victory parties.
Injury and suspension
The injuries came from a 2004 bout with former cruiserweight champion Vassiliy Jirov. In round 9, 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.
In June 2005, Mesi, along with his attorneys and three doctors supporting his reinstatement, went before the Nevada State Athletic Commission to argue Mesi's hematomas had healed, and, he was, "in no more danger than any other boxer." Mesi's appeal was denied by a 5-0 vote. In response to Dr. Julian E. Bailes, chairman of the department of neurosurgery at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, opinion that: "Football players and other athletes who had even more severe head injuries than Mesi were allowed to continue their careers without further harmful effects." Dr. Tony Alamo, one of the board's commissioners, replied, "You play football, you don't play boxing."
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. In 2006, Mesi was again licensed by boxing commissions in Puerto Rico, Louisiana, Arkansas and Michigan, with a handful of other states to follow suit in 2007. Over that time, Mesi won all of his handful of fights, though effectively retired from boxing in 2007.
Joe Mesi had 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. In 2018, Mesi was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.
Politics and life after boxing
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. He won the Democratic primary for the seat on September 9, 2008. Mesi lost the general election to Republican Michael Ranzenhofer.
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.
Professionally, Mesi is a medical supply salesman with Abbott Medical. Mesi and his wife, Michele, have three children.
|36 fights||36 wins||0 losses|
|Win||36–0||Shannon Miller||TKO||1 (10)||12/10/2007||Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, Rhode Island||Won vacant WBC USNBC Heavyweight title.|
|Win||35–0||Ron Johnson||KO||1 (10)||14/04/2007||The Hughes Center, Russellville, Arkansas|
|Win||34–0||George Linberger||TKO||1 (10)||22/02/2007||Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, Chester, West Virginia|
|Win||33–0||Jason Weiss||UD||4||15/09/2006||Little River Casino, Manistee, Michigan|
|Win||32–0||Dennis Matthews||TKO||2 (4)||12/08/2006||Pope County Fairgrounds, Russellville, Arkansas|
|Win||31–0||Stephane Tessier||UD||6||23/06/2006||Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Canada|
|Win||30–0||Ron Bellamy||UD||8||01/04/2006||Coliseo Mario 'Quijote' Morales, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico|
|Win||29–0||Vassiliy Jirov||UD||10||13/03/2004||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas|
|Win||28–0||Monte Barrett||MD||10||06/12/2003||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|Win||27–0||DaVarryl Williamson||KO||1 (10)||27/09/2003||HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York|
|Win||26–0||Robert Davis||TKO||1 (12)||24/06/2003||HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York||Won vacant NABF heavyweight title.|
|Win||25–0||Jason Curry||KO||2 (10)||28/03/2003||Creek Nation Gaming Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|Win||24–0||David Izon||KO||9 (10)||18/10/2002||HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York|
|Win||23–0||Talmadge Griffis||TKO||5 (10)||07/06/2002||Rawhide Arena, Scottsdale, Arizona|
|Win||22–0||Keith McKnight||TKO||6 (10)||05/04/2002||Alumni Arena, Buffalo, New York|
|Win||21–0||Derrick Banks||TKO||1 (10)||02/11/2001||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut|
|Win||20–0||Bert Cooper||TKO||7 (10)||27/07/2001||Civic Center, Niagara Falls, New York|
|Win||19–0||Jorge Luis Gonzalez||TKO||4 (10)||27/04/2001||Civic Center, Niagara Falls, New York|
|Win||18–0||Joey Guy||TKO||3 (10)||11/11/2000||Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||17–0||Matthew Green||KO||2 (6)||23/06/2000||Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi|
|Win||16–0||John Rainwater||TKO||3 (?)||25/02/2000||Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island|
|Win||15–0||Gary Winmon||TKO||1 (10)||17/12/1999||Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh|
|Win||14–0||Anthony Green||TKO||8 (10)||17/09/1999||Burt Flickinger Center, Buffalo, New York||Won USA New York State Heavyweight title.|
|Win||13–0||Rowyan Wallace||KO||2 (6)||04/06/1999||Blue Horizon, Philadelphia|
|Win||12–0||Brian Sargent||KO||1 (6)||24/04/1999||Arts Museum, Portland, Oregon|
|Win||11–0||Dwayne Hall||TKO||1 (4)||19/02/1999||Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York|
|Win||10–0||Rodney McSwain||TKO||3 (6)||03/12/1998||Sheraton Hotel, Houston|
|Win||9–0||Jihad Abdulaziz||UD||4||09/10/1998||Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York|
|Win||8–0||Martin Lopez||KO||3 (6)||27/08/1998||Arena Theatre, Houston|
|Win||7–0||Kevin Rosier||TKO||2 (4)||26/07/1998||Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York|
|Win||6–0||Art Bayliss||KO||1 (4)||25/06/1998||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut|
|Win||5–0||Mike McGrady||TKO||2 (4)||02/04/1998||Erie County College, Buffalo, New York|
|Win||4–0||Darryl Spratt||KO||1 (4)||20/02/1998||Argosy Festival Atrium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|Win||3–0||Calvin Smith||UD||4||04/12/1997||Pepsi Arena, Albany, New York|
|Win||2–0||Jim Brackney||KO||2 (4)||25/11/1997||El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas|
|Win||1–0||Dwane Cason Allen||KO||1 (4)||01/11/1997||Apollo Theater, New York|
- 1993 – Empire State Games Gold Medalist
- 1993 – New York State Golden Gloves Champion – Super Heavyweight Division
- 1995 – New York State Golden Gloves Champion – Super Heavyweight Division
- 1996 – New York State Golden Gloves Champion – Super Heavyweight Division
- 1996 – United States Olympic Alternate – Super Heavyweight Division
- 1999 – New York State Heavyweight Champion
- 2003 – North American Boxing Federation Heavyweight Champion
- 2007 – World Boxing Council USNBC Heavyweight Champion
- Boxingscene.com article, 'Joe Mesi Return A Complex Proposition 
- 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)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-06. Retrieved 2016-05-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Boxer 'Baby' Joe Mesi Visits Golisano Children's Hospital". www.urmc.rochester.edu.
- "Boxer Joe Mesi embroiled in the fight of his life". Houston Chronicle. August 7, 2005.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2011-06-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Vassily Jirov". World News.
- "Suspension Upheld But Boxer Is Fighting It". The New York Times. 15 July 2019.
- "WBC Heavyweight Ratings". World Boxing Council. October 13, 2007. Archived from the original on August 10, 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Profile of Baby Joe Mesi". Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. 6 April 2020.
- "Meet the New York State Boxing HOF Inductees". 15 Rounds. 6 April 2020.
- Robert J. McCarthy (February 14, 2008). "Heavyweight contender Joe Mesi considers run for state Senate". The Buffalo News.
- "Boxer Joe Mesi One Step Closer To Senate Seat". CBC Sports. 15 July 2019.
- Phil Fairbanks (November 5, 2008). "State Senate: Ranzenhofer, Stachowski, Volker win". The Buffalo News.
- "Days of Glory and Baby Joe Mesi Long Gone for the Falls". Niagara Falls Reporter. 29 May 2019.
- "Joe Mesi's Return a Complex Proposition". BoxingScene.com.
- BabyJoeMesi.com – Official website of Joe Mesi (Currently Down)
- Boxing record for Joe Mesi from BoxRec
| NABF Heavyweight champion
June 24, 2003 – October 30, 2003
| WBC USNBC Heavyweight Champion
October 12, 2007–present