Last month, Cesar Gracie claimed Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz’s next fight would come in a boxing match this September/October. On Friday, boxing promoter Don Chargin announced former champ Jeff Lacy has signed on to face Gracie’s prized protege this fall.
“This is a very dangerous fight for both men. Not only is this fight dangerous but stylistically it is very intriguing,” Chargin stated in today’s press release. “I expected more resistance from fight fans and media in regards to this match-up but its amazing as to the hundreds of calls and e-mails I’ve received from fans on both sides wanting to see this match-up take place. I’ve received more than a few inquiries from some other very high-profile boxers that want to step up and fight Nick. Its been a real whirlwind.
“I’ve been around boxing for quite some time and I’ve seen a lot of great, tough fighters in my six decades within the sport. I believe that if Nick had been one of those kids who had picked up boxing from a youth, he’d undoubtedly be a world-champion today. Sometime within the next 2 weeks I’ll be personally making the trek to Cesar Gracies gym to setup a private, closed door sparring session between Nick and a few nameless top-level contenders I have in mind.”
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.
While Chargin only confirmed Lacy’s signature on the boxing contract, ESPN’s Josh Gross was told by Gracie that Diaz has put pen to paper, as well.
Gracie previously stated they had brokered a deal with Strikeforce officials which allows Diaz to pursue a career in boxing. After putting Paul Daley down last month to retain his welterweight crown, Diaz griped over pocketing merely $175,000 for his stellar performance.
UFC president Dana White addressed Diaz’s desires to compete inside of the boxing ring last weekend at UFC 129. However, he did nothing more than suggest the two would have a conversation highlighting the glaring differences between MMA-boxing and boxing-boxing.
Because Diaz’s contract is with Strikeforce/Showtime, White can’t really do much outside of thoroughly expressing his feelings. In most cases, that’s more than enough to get the results he seeks.
When and where Diaz’s scrap with Lacy will take place was not announced.