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Leonard impressed with Mesi

Updated: June 5, 2002, 11:20 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- With a fight card featuring promising young heavyweight "Baby'' Joe Mesi on Friday, the night before Mike Tyson fights Lennox Lewis, promoter Sugar Ray Leonard hopes to take another step toward giving boxing a cleaner image.

"He's a first-rate prototype of my kind of fighter,'' Leonard said Wednesday of the 20-year-old Mesi. "He can fight, he's committed, he's very disciplined and he's a good kid.''

Mesi improved to 22-0 with a sixth-round knockout of Keith McKnight ...

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