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TONAWANDA'S MESI SCORES ANOTHER KO

Undefeated heavyweight Joe Mesi of the Town of Tonawanda scored his seventh knockout in eight professional fights Thursday night when he dropped Mexican veteran Martine Lopez in the third round of their scheduled six-rounder.

Mesi, who weighed in at 225 pounds, landed a right uppercut, then a left hook that sent Lopez to his knees. The former Mexican super middleweight champion was unable to get back to his feet before being counted out. Lopez weighed in at 230, considerably more than in his prime.

"I lacked a lot of sparring for this fight and I was a little concerned about that. My timing was a little off," Mesi said.

Mesi's camp hoped Lopez would extend him and test his endurance.

"He had a lot of experience and I learned some things," Mesi, 24, said. "The plan was for me to work the body more. That was something I concentrated on."

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