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MESI TO FACE WILLIAMS IN NOV. 2 ESPN2 BOUT

Joe Mesi finally found his opponent.

After a spate of possible foes fell through for his Nov. 2 heavyweight bout at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, the undefeated Town of Tonawanda native is slated to face Sherman Williams on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights."

The bout, promoted by Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing, will not be the telecast's main event as Mesi had anticipated. It instead will take place before a Lou Savarese-David Bostice heavyweight clash. Savarese is managed by Mesi's co-manager, Bob Spagnola.

"All in all, I think it's worked out," Mesi said. "We got a good opponent, and we'll get the TV exposure we wanted."

Williams is 18-6-1 and is coming off a controversial split-decision loss to Obed Sullivan for the minor-league NABF belt. Williams' draw came with up-and-coming prospect Jameel McCline, who destroyed Michael Grant in June.

Mesi and Williams met in Boston last year while helping champ John Ruiz prepare for his first title fight with Evander Holyfield.

"He's a good prospect who's suffered a few losses, but he's a tough, durable opponent for me," Mesi said. "I think it'll be a good fight.

"A win could do him some justice. He's going to be hungry. To beat a guy like me with a 20-0 record would do some great things for him."

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