Jeff Lacy

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Jeff Lacy
Real name Jeffrey Scott Lacy
Nickname(s) Left Hook
Rated at Super middleweight
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Nationality United States American
Born (1977-05-12) May 12, 1977 (age 37)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 32
Wins 26
Wins by KO 19
Losses 6
Draws 0
No contests 1

Jeffrey Scott Lacy (born May 12, 1977 in St. Petersburg, Florida) is a semi-retired American boxer. He is a former International Boxing Federation super middleweight champion.

Amateur career[edit]

Lacy had 210 fights as an amateur, winning the 1999 National PAL amateur champion at 165 pounds, the 1998 U.S. National amateur champion at 165 pounds, and the 1998 National PAL amateur champion at 165 pounds. Lacy fought at the 1996 Eastern Olympic Trials, stopping Kenneth Head in the first round. In the quarter-finals, Lacy defeated Rubin Williams. In the semi-finals, Lacy lost to Darnell Wilson and finished third.

In the 1997 National Golden Gloves, Lacy again defeated Rubin Williams, but lost against Randy Griffin in the semi-finals and finished in third place. In the quarter-finals of the 2000 Olympic Team trials, Lacy won a decision over Brad Austin. In the semi-finals, Lacy won a decision over Jerson Ravelo. During the finals, Lacy won a 26-10 decision over Randy Griffin.

During the 2000 Olympic Team Box-offs, Lacy lost to Arthur Palac. In his second fight, Lacy defeated him on the scorecards. He was a member of the 2000 United States Olympic boxing team along with future undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor. During his first bout in Sydney, Australia, Lacy knocked out Cleiton Conceição of Brazil at 0:58 of the third round. During his second bout, Lacy defeated Pawel Kakietek of Poland, en route to a 21-7 decision. During the third bout, Lacy was stopped at 1:49 of the third round by Gaidarbek Gaidarbekov of Russia.

Professional career[edit]

Rise to stardom[edit]

Lacy made his professional debut against Jerald Lowe on February 2, 2001, knocking him out in the first round. He won his next eight fights by way of knockout and won the WBC Continental Americas super middleweight title against Anwar Oshana, by way of technical knockout in round two.

On July 15, 2003, he won the USBA and NABA super middleweight titles after beating Richard Grant by unanimous decision. He defended all three of his belts against Donnell Wiggins by TKO 8. He later fought Syd Vanderpool for the vacant IBF super middleweight title on October 2, 2004, winning by TKO in 8 rounds. He defended it against Omar Sheika, Rubin Williams, former champion Robin Reid, and Scott Pemberton.

Loss to Joe Calzaghe[edit]

Main article Joe Calzaghe vs. Jeff Lacy

On March 5, 2006, at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England, Lacy lost his title to Joe Calzaghe. Despite being a favorite going into the fight, Lacy lost by a unanimous points decision and was knocked down in the twelfth round. The fight was extremely one sided with scores of 119-105, 119-107 and 119-107. A point deducted from Calzaghe in the 11th round was all that prevented Lacy from losing every round on every card.

After Calzaghe[edit]

Lacy fought a rematch with Vitali Tsypko on December 2, 2006, in Tampa, Florida, on the same card as Winky Wright's fight against Ike Quartey. This was the second time he had fought Tsypko, the first fight in 2004 which ended in a majority decision. Lacy won the fight by scores of 96-94, 96-94, 95-95. After the bout, it was revealed that Lacy had torn his rotator cuff and was injured throughout most of the fight. Lacy had surgery on the injury and did not fight for a year after the bout.

Lacy returned on December 8, 2007, to defeat Peter Manfredo Jr. by a unanimous decision. On July 23, 2008, beat Epifanio Mendoza by a majority decision. Lacy then fought former world middleweight champion Jermain Taylor on November 15, 2008, and lost the fight by unanimous decision,[1] making it only the second loss of his career.

On April 10, 2009, Jeff Lacy defeated Otis Griffin by a majority decision with the scores of 97-93, 96-94, 95-95.

Loss to Roy Jones Jr. and Beyond[edit]

On August 15, 2009, Lacy suffered a 10th round technical knockout to Roy Jones Jr..

Sixteen months after the loss to Jones Jr., Lacy returned to his hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida to face journeyman Dhafir Smith. Smith defeated Lacy by a unanimous decision.

After almost three years after the loss to Smith, Lacy returned on November 30, 2013 to win a 3rd round TKO over Martin Verdin in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[2]

Jeff Lacy was knocked out on July 10, 2014 by Umberto Savigne.

Jeff Lacy lost by TKO in the 4th round on January 30, 2015 to undefeated contender Sullivan Barrera.

Personal life[edit]

Lacy played the role of Malice Blake in the 2007 boxing movie, "The Hammer", starring and produced by Adam Carolla. Jeff is the younger brother of Hydra Lacy and older brother of undefeated professional heavyweight Kenny Lacy and son of professional heavyweight Hydra Lacy, Sr.[3]

Professional boxing record[edit]

26 Wins (18 knockouts), 6 Losses, 1 No Contest
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 26-6-(1) United States Sullivan Berrera TKO 4 (10), 2:34 2015-01-30 United States Foxwoods, Connecticut
Loss 26-5-(1) Cuba Umberto Savigne TKO 2 (10), 2:04 2014-07-10 United States Convention Center, Miami, Florida
Win 26-4-(1) United States Martin Verdin TKO 3 (10) 2013-11-30 United States Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Loss 25-4-(1) United States Dhafir Smith UD 12 (12) 2010-12-11 United States Jannus Landing, Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
Loss 25-3-(1) United States Roy Jones, Jr. RTD 10 (12) 2009-08-15 United States Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 25-2-(1) United States Otis Griffin MD 10 2009-04-10 United States USF Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida, United States
Loss 24-2-(1) United States Jermain Taylor UD 12 2008-11-15 United States Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 24-1-(1) United States Epifanio Mendoza MD 10 2008-07-23 United States Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, United States
Win 23–1-(1) United States Peter Manfredo, Jr. UD 10 2007-12-08 United States MGM Grand Las Vegas, United States
Win 22–1-(1) Ukraine Vitaliy Tsypko MD 10 2006-12-02 United States St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida, United States
Loss 21-1-(1) United Kingdom Joe Calzaghe UD 12 2006-03-04 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom Title unification bout. Lost IBF super middleweight championship, Calzaghe's WBO title was also at stake.
Win 21-0-(1) United States Scott Pemberton KO 2 (12), 2:59 2005-11-05 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, United States
Win 20-0-(1) United Kingdom Robin Reid RTD 7 (12), 2:54 2005-08-06 United States St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 19-0-(1) United States Rubin Williams TKO 7 (12), 0:47 2005-03-05 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 18-0-(1) United States Omar Sheika UD 12 2004-12-04 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17-0-(1) Canada Syd Vanderpool TKO 8 (12), 1:37 2004-10-02 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States won vacant IBF super middleweight championship.
NC 16-0-(1) Ukraine Vitaliy Tsypko NC 2 (12) 2004-06-05 United States Leggett & Platt Center, Joplin, Missouri, United States Fight stopped in second round when Tsypko ruled unable to continue following a cut opened by an accidental headbutt.
Win 16-0 United States Donnell Wiggins TKO 8 (12), 2:23 2003-12-13 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 15-0 Jamaica Richard Grant UD 12 2003-07-15 United States Playboy Mansion, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Win 14-0 Assyria Anwar Oshana TKO 2 (12), 1:49 2003-05-17 United States City Center Pavilion, Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 13-0 United States James Crawford TKO 2 (12), 2:57 2003-02-22 United States The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 12-0 United States Ross Thompson UD 12 (12) 2002-11-09 United States Coca-Cola Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 11-0 United Kingdom Jason Collins KO 1 (8), 2:25 2002-08-17 United Kingdom Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Win 10-0 United Kingdom Kevin Hall RTD 3 (8), 3:00 2002-06-08 United States The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 9-0 United States Bobby Jones UD 10 (10) 2002-03-30 United States Lucky Star Casino, Concho, Oklahoma, United States
Win 8-0 United States Glenn Thomas KO 1 (10), 0:55) 2002-02-16 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 7-0 Canada Fike Wilson TKO 1 (6), 0:50 2002-01-12 United States Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6-0 Ghana Bawa Adime TKO 3 (8), 2:16 2001-10-13 United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5-0 United States Tyler Hughes TKO 3 (6), 3:00 2001-09-01 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4-0 United States Anthony Greeley TKO 1 (6), 2:15 2001-09-01 United States Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas, United States
Win 3-0 United States Tony Pope TKO 1 (6), 2:27 2001-05-19 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 2-0 Canada Tommy Attardo TKO 1 (4), 1:41 2001-03-02  United States Texas Station Casino, North Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 1-0 United States Jerald Lowe KO 1 (4), 2:00 2001-02-02 United States Celeste Center, Columbus, Ohio, United States


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sven Ottke
IBF Super Middleweight Champion
October 10, 2004 – March 5, 2006
Succeeded by
Joe Calzaghe
Preceded by
Robin Reid
IBO Super Middleweight Champion
6 August 2005 – March 5, 2006
Title next held by
Fulgencio Zúñiga