Mesi comeback continues, stops Miller in first

Updated: October 14, 2007, 12:06 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press