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Mesi comeback continues, stops Miller in first

10/14/2007 - Boxing

LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) -- Former heavyweight contender Joe Mesi won
for the seventh time since returning from a brain injury, stopping
Shannon Miller at 2:51 of the first round to win the USNBC title
Friday night at Twin River Event Center.

Mesi improved to 36-0 with his 29th knockout. He knocked down
Miller midway through the round before dropping him for good with a
right hook along the ropes.

Mesi, from Tonawanda, N.Y., was ranked in the top 10 before
being diagnosed with brain bleeding following his decision over
Vassiliy Jirov in Las Vegas in March 2004.

Mesi was suspended by Nevada boxing officials after the injury
was revealed and didn't fight for two years. A Nevada judge lifted
the suspension after Mesi presented new medical test results and
said he had healed and was healthy.

Miller, from Troy, N.Y., dropped to 15-4.

Mesi dedicated the fight to injured Buffalo Bills tight end
Kevin Everett and sported Everett's home jersey as he stepped into
the ring for his debut with his new promoter, CES president Jimmy
Burchfield.