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|Real name||Jeffrey Scott Lacy|
|Rated at||Super middleweight
|Height||5 ft 10 1⁄2 in (179 cm)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
May 12, 1977 |
St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
|Wins by KO||18|
Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Lacy (born May 12, 1977) is an American professional boxer. He is a former IBF super middleweight champion, and came to prominence in the early to mid-2000s as a feared puncher in the division, with his physique and knockout record making him one of boxing's brightest young stars at the time.
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.
Rise to stardom
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
- 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. Lacy, who had promised a knockout victory pre fight, was the betting favorite largely due to his age and the nature of his recent title defenses. He started the fight very aggressively but was immediately troubled by Calzaghe's toughness and handspeed. Lacy was hit with a plethora of hurtful punches as Calzaghe managed to consistently land a staggeringly high volume of shots. Lacy continued to try and feint his way in quickly to land his famous left hook but Calzaghe was able to evade or ride the shot. As the match wore on Lacy became increasingly disheartened, and his face a bloody mess. The fight became more and more punishing throughout the middle, and into the later rounds with many expecting the referee to halt the action and save Lacy from such a horrendous beating. To the criticism of onlookers, Lacy's corner continued with the fight in the belief that he could still turn the fight around with one punch. In the end the result was extremely one sided with final 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. Many observers have been vocal in their belief that the nature of the loss to Calzaghe meant that Lacy was from then on a shell of his former self.
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, 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
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.
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.
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.
Professional boxing record
|27 Wins (18 knockouts, 9 decisions), 6 Losses, 1 No Contest|
|Loss||27–6 (1)||Sullivan Barrera||TKO||4 (10), 2:34||2015-01-30||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut|
|Win||27–5 (1)||Timothy Hall, Jr.||UD||8||2014-12-11||Trade Winds Resort, St. Petersburg, Florida|
|Loss||26–5 (1)||Umberto Savigne||TKO||2 (10), 2:04||2014-07-10||American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida||For WBC Latino Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||26–4 (1)||Martin Verdin||TKO||3 (10), 1:19||2013-11-30||Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|Loss||25–4 (1)||Dhafir Smith||UD||12||2010-12-11||Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, Florida||For UBO International Super Middleweight title.|
|Loss||25–3 (1)||Roy Jones, Jr.||RTD||10 (12), 3:00||2009-08-15||Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi||For WBO NABO Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||25–2 (1)||Otis Griffin||MD||10||2009-04-10||USF Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida|
|Loss||24–2 (1)||Jermain Taylor||UD||12||2008-11-15||Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville, Tennessee||WBC Super Middleweight title eliminator.|
|Win||24–1 (1)||Epifanio Mendoza||MD||10||2008-07-23||Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California|
|Win||23–1 (1)||Peter Manfredo, Jr.||UD||10||2007-12-08||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||22–1 (1)||Vitaliy Tsypko||MD||10||2006-12-02||St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida|
|Loss||21–1 (1)||Joe Calzaghe||UD||12||2006-03-04||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, Greater Manchester||Lost IBF Super Middleweight title.
For WBO Super Middleweight title.
|Win||21–0 (1)||Scott Pemberton||KO||2 (12), 2:59||2005-11-05||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada||Retained IBF and IBO Super Middleweight titles.|
|Win||20–0 (1)||Robin Reid||RTD||7 (12), 2:54||2005-08-06||St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida||Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Won IBO Super Middleweight title.
|Win||19–0 (1)||Rubin Williams||TKO||7 (12), 0:47||2005-03-05||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||18–0 (1)||Omar Sheika||UD||12||2004-12-04||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||17–0 (1)||Syd Vanderpool||TKO||8 (12), 1:37||2004-10-02||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won vacant IBF Super Middleweight title.|
|NC||16–0 (1)||Vitaliy Tsypko||NC||2 (12)||2004-06-05||Leggett & Platt Center, Joplin, Missouri||IBF Super Middleweight title eliminator.
Tsypko was ruled unable to continue following a cut after an accidental headbutt.
|Win||16–0||Donnell Wiggins||TKO||8 (12), 2:23||2003-12-13||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, Greater Manchester||Retained WBC Continental Americas, NABA and USBA Super Middleweight titles.|
|Win||15–0||Richard Grant||UD||12||2003-07-15||Playboy Mansion, Beverly Hills, California||Retained WBC Continental Americas and USBA Super Middleweight titles.
Won vacant NABA Super Middleweight title.
|Win||14–0||Anwar Oshana||TKO||2 (12), 1:49||2003-05-17||City Center Pavilion, Reno, Nevada||Retained WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||13–0||James Crawford||TKO||2 (12), 2:57||2003-02-22||The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee||Retained WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.
Won vacant USBA Super Middleweight title.
|Win||12–0||Ross Thompson||UD||12||2002-11-09||Coca-Cola Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||Won WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||11–0||Jason Collins||KO||1 (8), 2:25||2002-08-17||Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales|
|Win||10–0||Kevin Hall||RTD||3 (8), 3:00||2002-06-08||The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee|
|Win||9–0||Bobby Jones||UD||10||2002-03-30||Lucky Star Casino, Concho, Oklahoma|
|Win||8–0||Glenn Thomas||KO||1 (10), 0:55)||2002-02-16||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut|
|Win||7–0||Fike Wilson||TKO||1 (6), 0:50||2002-01-12||Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||6–0||Bawa Adime||TKO||3 (8), 2:16||2001-10-13||Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||5–0||Tyler Hughes||TKO||3 (6), 3:00||2001-09-01||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||4–0||Anthony Greeley||TKO||1 (6), 2:15||2001-09-01||Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas|
|Win||3–0||Tony Pope||TKO||1 (6), 2:27||2001-05-19||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, Connecticut|
|Win||2–0||Tommy Attardo||TKO||1 (4), 1:41||2001-03-02||Texas Station Casino, North Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||1–0||Jerald Lowe||KO||1 (4), 2:00||2001-02-02||Celeste Center, Columbus, Ohio||Professional debut.|
|IBF Super Middleweight Champion
October 10, 2004 – March 5, 2006
|IBO Super Middleweight Champion
6 August 2005 – March 5, 2006
Title next held byFulgencio Zúñiga