Former Boxing Champ Jeff Lacy Accepts Nick Diaz’s Challenge

Written by Tom Ngo
April 18th, 2011

Strikeforce Nick Diaz

Last week, Cesar Gracie professed Nick Diaz’s next fight would come in a boxing match this September/October. The Strikeforce welterweight champ’s longtime manager said Fernando Vargas and Jeff Lacy were sitting atop their wish list.

Gracie claimed they were waiting for Vargas’ camp to accept the bout, as they had already “signed on the dotted line.” Team Vargas has yet to publicly address the proposed contest.

Lacy, on the other hand, appears more than willing to exchange leather with the talented mixed martial artist.

“Honestly, I was a little stunned. Nick has accomplished a great deal in mixed martial arts and is certainly one of the best in the sport. But getting in the ring with me for a boxing match is a path he needs to be very wary of taking. I’m willing to put it all on the line anytime, anywhere!” Lacy said in a prepared statement.

“For the right price, I’m more than interested in heading to his turf [Northern California] and put my fist in his mouth and silencing him.”

Lacy holds a 25-4 professional boxing record, which includes 17 knockouts. The former IBF and IBO super middleweight champion was last seen posting a unanimous decision loss to Jannus Landing in December 2010.

According to Gracie, they have brokered a deal with Strikeforce officials which allows Diaz to pursue his boxing career. After putting Paul Daley down earlier this month to retain his welterweight crown, Diaz griped over pocketing merely $175,000 for his stellar performance.

Lacy’s manager and attorney, Joey Gilbert, believes it would be a great matchup for both parties.

“In my opinion Nick Diaz has the best boxing/striking skills in the MMA game today,” Gilbert stated. “He’s always in exceptional shape, his comfort level in the pocket and under fire is comparable to any seasoned boxing champion’s and I feel his hands are better than BJ Penn’s, who many believe is the best in the sport.

”I’d love to see this fight take place in Northern California or at the Silver Legacy or Eldorado Hotel & Casino in Reno, Nevada. Nick has a lot of fans around here.”

Team Diaz has yet to respond. Stay tuned…

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