On April 22, 2004, this writer recounted reports that Joe Mesi suffered a subdural hematoma (bleeding on the surface of his brain) after his March
13th victory in Las Vegas over Vassiliy Jirov. Following the fight, Mesi complained of a headache. Later in the month, he went to a neurologist in
Buffalo, who ordered various tests including an MRI.
"It's all nonsense," Jack Mesi (Joe's father and manager) said at the time. "I've heard the rumors and I don't know what they're talking about. How
can someone make up stories like this? There's utterly no truth to them. It's just ridiculous. Joe had an MRI, and there was nothing more serious than
After Mesi-Jirov, Mesi was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission because of the knockdowns he suffered. On March 19th, John Bailey
(chairman of the NSAC) sent a letter to Mesi informing the boxer that his suspension would not be lifted until he underwent a new MRI of the brain and
forwarded to the commission the results of that MRI and all other medical evaluations performed on him subsequent to the Jirov fight
Joe Mesi, adamant he did not suffer a potentially career-ending brain injury against Vassiliy Jirov, is expected to submit the necessary medical
reports this month in hopes of having his indefinite boxing suspension lifted.
Mesi's attorney, Stuart D. Campbell of Tulsa, Okla., has notified the Nevada State Athletic Commission the requisite neurological reports are
"We haven't received anything yet, but hopefully we will soon," said Keith Kizer, Nevada's chief deputy attorney general, who advises the
Nevada suspended the Town of Tonawanda heavyweight contender because of the brutal way Jirov knocked him down three times in the final two rounds of
their March 13 fight in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Several boxing authorities have informed The Buffalo News they believe Mesi could have died in the ring had the fight lasted more than its scheduled
The sources are convinced Mesi suffered at least one subdural hematoma, bleeding on the surface of the brain caused by torn vessels.
The AP wire is reporting that Nevada boxing officials are accusing the Mesi camp of making false statements about his medical records.
Keith Kizer, Nevada's chief deputy attorney general, also said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday that he fears Mesi is putting his
health and career in jeopardy. Kizer also called it unacceptable for the boxer to refuse sending the requested medical results to the Nevada State
Mesi could have his license to fight in Nevada revoked after his attorney, Stuart Campbell, informed the commission that Joe only had one MRI brain
scan since his last fight.
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