By Bob Caico
Former heavyweight contender “Baby” Joe Mesi has been appointed as a deputy commissioner with the New York State Athletic Commission by Chairperson Melvina Lathan. Mesi will be assigned to work in upstate New York overseeing the commission’s rules and regulations, physicals and payments to boxers. “I am honored to be appointed to a great commission, this will keep me close to the boxing game that I love so much,” said Mesi. He feels his biggest contribution in the unpaid position is to make sure the young fighters are treated right and paid accordingly. Mesi has had some well documented problems with the NYSAC in the past but that is all behind him now and he looks to help the Commission in any way he can. “I have had issues with the NYSAC and it is ironic I am a part of it now,” explained Joe. “I see great things with Melvina at the helm and look forward to seeing the sport continue to grow in the State.