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Boxing: Mesi gets boxing license

The injury led to Mesi being suspended indefinitely by the Nevada Athletic Commission, which bars licensing boxers who have any history of brain bleeds.


Heavyweight Joe Mesi was granted a boxing license in Puerto Rico on Friday.

He is now planning his first fight in two years since his medical suspension was lifted.

Mesi`s bout is tentatively scheduled for April 1 in Guaynabo.

Puerto Rican Boxing Commission Chairman Jose Penagaricano has expressed concerns about Mesi`s medical history, after the boxer sustained a brain injury in his last fight.

But Penagaricano said Mesi passed all of the commission`s exams.

Top contender

A native of suburban Buffalo, Mesi (29-0) had been the World Boxing Council`s top-ranked contender before falling completely off the charts during his suspension.

The injury led to Mesi being suspended indefinitely by the Nevada Athletic Commission, which bars licensing boxers who have any history of brain bleeds.

The suspension also prevented him from gaining a license to fight anywhere in the country.

Mesi had the suspension overturned in December, when a Nevada state judge ruled the boxer`s medical suspension expired when his Nevada boxing license expired at the end of 2004.

Insisting that he was fully recovered, Mesi also presented expert medical testimony, arguing he faced no increased risk of another head injury.

Nevada boxing officials had previously turned down Mesi`s appeals, fearing he could risk more serious and possibly permanent injury if he resumed fighting. (AP)

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