Published: April 27, 2004
April 23, 2004) Talks between former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and Buffalos unbeaten heavyweight contender Baby? Joe Mesi apparently are heating up and the much-talked about matchup could take place as early as November or December.
?Its definitely going to happen,? Tyson adviser Shelly Finkel said Thursday in the Seattle Times. Its going to be in New York (at Madison Square Garden).?
Mesis father and manager Jack Mesi confirmed this week that he is speaking regularly with Finkel, but that Tyson is much more elusive to pin down out of the ring than he is inside it.
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Mesi is under contract with HBO and Tyson with Showtime so there are major hurdles yet to leap and the Mesis prefer the fight take place in western New York.
?I know one thing that stays consistent, and that is that Mike Tyson wants a couple tune-ups before Joe,? Jack Mesi said.
Tyson, 36, is tentatively scheduled to fight Irish heavyweight Kevin McBride in July.
Mesi, 30, who suffered a concussion in last months 10-round decision over Vassily Jirov in Las Vegas, expects to receive medical clearance next week so he can begin training on June 1 for an August fight to get back into ring shape.
A date at the Blue Cross Arena is on hold for Mesi to possibly make his Rochester debut.
The Mesi camp will watch with great interest Saturdays World Boxing Council title bout between No. 1 Vitali Klitschko (33-2) and No. 2 Corrie Sanders (33-2) in Los Angeles for the belt vacated by Lennox Lewis retirement.
The WBC could order a box-off between No. 3 Mesi (29-0) and No. 4 Juan Carlos Gomez (37-0) for the right to take on the Klitschko-Sanders winner.
Before such a title fight, Mesi would relish a Tyson bout since a win would provide gains both financially and in reputation. Tyson covets the fight to launch himself back into title contention.
Mesi has moved up to No. 2 behind Klitschko in the independent BoxRec.com ratings.
?This should bring us attention to other ranking bodies and Ring Magazine,? Jack Mesi said. Meanwhile, Jack Mesi clarified that his son did not suffer damage to the brain stem against Jirov as was reported. Its a concussion and we made a big deal out of it for the way it happened,? Jack Mesi said. They couldve caused injury to the brain stem. Joe had a concussion and thankfully nothing more.?