So far it just ain’t so, Joe
Despite winning a near-shutout, Mesi was far from impressive in almost any respect. His 3-7 opponent Tessier was ponderous, almost impossible to miss, and a winner by knockout only one time in his career. He also lost his previous five fights in a row.
Mesi in the past was noted for quick hands, high volume, and continuous pressure, all of which helped him amass a 29-0 (25 KOs) record and a top rating.
That 29th bout, however, changed everything. Enroute to winning a 10-round decision over one-time cruiserweight titlist Vassily Jirov, he narrowly escaped a knockout loss as he twice peeled himself off the canvas to barely escape with the nod.
Of course it is now well known that after the bout he was diagnosed with a brain injury that resulted in a nationwide medical suspension.
After court action that threw the suspension out, he was granted a license in Puerto Rico where he returned to action after a two-year layoff to win an 8-round decision over 40-something Ron Bellamy in April.
In an attempt to stay busy and avoid possibly hostile boxing commissions, Mesi took his show on the road to Montreal.
Apparently Tessier was not the originally selected opponent, but what was important for Mesi was simply to get back into the ring to work him back into boxing shape.
He has a very long way to go.
Against Tessier, Mesi was clearly overweight at 239. He was also very slow-fisted, almost as easy to hit as the slow-moving Canadian, and more than a tad bit tentative.
Of course some will say that he was never in trouble and the bout was never in doubt. And, why should it have been? Mesi is now 31-0, and Tessier slips to 3-8.
Perhaps it is unfair and too early to decide that Mesi’s comeback is doomed, but he gave no indication that he is on an upward glide-path. He was heavier in this bout than he was against Bellamy --- and 12 pounds heavier than he was against Jirov two years ago.
It could be that a trip to Mackie Shilstone’s miracle factory in New Orleans is in order. Mesi certainly needs the boost.