Ex-boxer Mesi joins NY athletic commission

Two years after he lost his first political bout, former

heavyweight boxing contender Joe Mesi has joined the New York State

Athletic Commission as an unpaid deputy commissioner.

Spokesman Gabe Roth says Commission Chairman Melvina Lathan has

10 deputy commissioners around the state. They attend matches and

help officials ensure that boxers and promoters are paid and that

safety rules and decorum are kept.

Mesi’s first event will be Oct. 15 in Rochester.

He had a 36-0 record as a fighter and stopped fighting for two

years because of bleeding in his brain. The New York commission

refused to give him a new license.

Mesi lost a state Senate race to Republican Michael Ranzenhofer

in the 2008 election.