By Bob Caico
Former heavyweight contender “Baby” Joe Mesi will be inducted into the Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame in ceremonies this August. Mesi finished his career with a record of 36-0, 29 KOs, which saw him climb to the #1 rankings by the WBC in 2003. A brain injury forced him to miss two years during his prime and after a seven-fight comeback he decided to hang up the gloves for good. Currently Mesi is an appointed deputy commissioner with the NYSAC and is enjoying his new career selling medical supplies for St. Jude Medical. “I am extremely excited and honored that my boxing career is appreciated and I want to thank all the members of Ring 44 and especially president Jack Green for inducting me in this year’s Hall of Fame,” said Joe. Mesi is content with his boxing career and is very proud of his family that includes his recently turned one-year-old daughter Juliet and his 13-year-old stepdaughter Hope. “I always wanted to make myself proud and my community proud of my boxing career and I’m grateful I had the chance to bring boxing back in an exciting way to the City of Buffalo.”
Also to be inducted are Alan “Pony Boy” Kemp who currently trains fighters in California, Harry Fuller and Dick Loadman.