Jeff Lacy

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Jeff Lacy
Real name Jeffrey Scott Lacy
Nickname(s) Left Hook
Rated at Super middleweight
Light heavyweight
Height 5 ft 10 12 in (179 cm)
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1977-05-12) May 12, 1977 (age 39)
St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 34
Wins 27
Wins by KO 18
Losses 6
No contests 1

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.

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]

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.

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 middleweight Marshawn Lacy and son of professional heavyweight Hydra Lacy, Sr.[3]

Professional boxing record[edit]

27 Wins (18 knockouts, 9 decisions), 6 Losses, 1 No Contest
Res. Record Opponent Type Round, Time Date Location Notes
Loss 27–6 (1) Cuba Sullivan Barrera TKO 4 (10), 2:34 2015-01-30 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 27–5 (1) United States Timothy Hall Jr. UD 8 2014-12-11 United States Trade Winds Resort, St. Petersburg, Florida
Loss 26–5 (1) Cuba Umberto Savigne TKO 2 (10), 2:04 2014-07-10 United States American Airlines Arena, Miami For WBC Latino Light Heavyweight title.
Win 26–4 (1) United States Martin Verdin TKO 3 (10), 1:19 2013-11-30 United States Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Loss 25–4 (1) United States Dhafir Smith UD 12 2010-12-11 United States Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, Florida For UBO International Super Middleweight title.
Loss 25–3 (1) United States Roy Jones Jr. RTD 10 (12), 3:00 2009-08-15 United States Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi For WBO NABO Light Heavyweight title.
Win 25–2 (1) United States Otis Griffin MD 10 2009-04-10 United States USF Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida
Loss 24–2 (1) United States Jermain Taylor UD 12 2008-11-15 United States Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville, Tennessee WBC Super Middleweight title eliminator.
Win 24–1 (1) United States Epifanio Mendoza MD 10 2008-07-23 United States Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California
Win 23–1 (1) United States Peter Manfredo, Jr. UD 10 2007-12-08 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Win 22–1 (1) Ukraine Vitaliy Tsypko MD 10 2006-12-02 United States St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida
Loss 21–1 (1) United Kingdom Joe Calzaghe UD 12 2006-03-04 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester Lost IBF Super Middleweight title.
For WBO Super Middleweight title.
Win 21–0 (1) United States Scott Pemberton KO 2 (12), 2:59 2005-11-05 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada Retained IBF and IBO Super Middleweight titles.
Win 20–0 (1) United Kingdom Robin Reid RTD 7 (12), 2:54 2005-08-06 United States St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Won IBO Super Middleweight title.
Win 19–0 (1) United States Rubin Williams TKO 7 (12), 0:47 2005-03-05 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 18–0 (1) United States Omar Sheika UD 12 2004-12-04 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas Retained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 17–0 (1) Canada Syd Vanderpool TKO 8 (12), 1:37 2004-10-02 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Won vacant IBF Super Middleweight title.
NC 16–0 (1) Ukraine Vitaliy Tsypko NC 2 (12) 2004-06-05 United States 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 United States Donnell Wiggins TKO 8 (12), 2:23 2003-12-13 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester Retained WBC Continental Americas, NABA and USBA Super Middleweight titles.
Win 15–0 Jamaica Richard Grant UD 12 2003-07-15 United States Playboy Mansion, Beverly Hills, California Retained WBC Continental Americas and USBA Super Middleweight titles.
Won vacant NABA Super Middleweight title.
Win 14–0 Syria Anwar Oshana TKO 2 (12), 1:49 2003-05-17 United States City Center Pavilion, Reno, Nevada Retained WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.
Win 13–0 United States James Crawford TKO 2 (12), 2:57 2003-02-22 United States The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee Retained WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.
Won vacant USBA Super Middleweight title.
Win 12–0 United States Ross Thompson UD 12 2002-11-09 United States Coca-Cola Center, Oklahoma City Won WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.
Win 11–0 United Kingdom Jason Collins KO 1 (8), 2:25 2002-08-17 United Kingdom Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales
Win 10–0 United Kingdom Kevin Hall RTD 3 (8), 3:00 2002-06-08 United States The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee
Win 9–0 United States Bobby Jones UD 10 2002-03-30 United States Lucky Star Casino, Concho, Oklahoma
Win 8–0 United States Glenn Thomas KO 1 (10), 0:55) 2002-02-16 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 7–0 Canada Fike Wilson TKO 1 (6), 0:50 2002-01-12 United States Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas
Win 6–0 Ghana Bawa Adime TKO 3 (8), 2:16 2001-10-13 United States Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 5–0 United States Tyler Hughes TKO 3 (6), 3:00 2001-09-01 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas
Win 4–0 United States Anthony Greeley TKO 1 (6), 2:15 2001-09-01 United States Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas
Win 3–0 United States Tony Pope TKO 1 (6), 2:27 2001-05-19 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 2–0 Canada Tommy Attardo TKO 1 (4), 1:41 2001-03-02 United States Texas Station Casino, North Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 1–0 United States Jerald Lowe KO 1 (4), 2:00 2001-02-02 United States Celeste Center, Columbus, Ohio Professional debut.


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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