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Town of Tonawanda heavyweight Joe Mesi will try to extend his professional unbeaten record to 8-0 tonight when he meets Martine Lopez of Mexico in a six-round bout in Houston.

Mesi, who has won six of his seven fights by knockout since turning pro last November, said Lopez is a former Mexican super middleweight champion with a 23-14 career record.

This will be Mesi's second fight in the Lone Star State. He knocked out Jim Brackney in El Paso on Nov. 25 for his second career victory.

In other boxing news, the Houston Astrodome has cleared January 23 for a possible heavyweight fight between George Foreman and Larry Holmes, Houston television station KRIV reported. The Astrodome's chief competition for the fight between the two former heavyweight champions is Las Vegas and New York's Madison Square Garden.

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