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.
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, Lacey won a 26-10
decision over Randy Griffin.
Rise to stardom
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
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
Loss to Joe Calzaghe
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 car. 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.
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
Lacy returned on December 8, 2007, to defeat Peter
Manfredo Jr. by a unanimous decision.