Saturday, May 7, 2011

Nick Diaz vs. Jeff Lacy Thoughts and Official Press Release

Can Nick Diaz stand with Jeff Lacy?
Every boxing and MMA site is hot on news of a major boxing vs. MMA match in the boxing ring.

It looks like the next big boxing vs. MMA throwdown will take place in the boxing ring. Diaz vs Lacy is quickly becoming a reality, but I am still very skeptical about Nick Diaz's boxing career. Despite the fact that Gary Shaw believes that Jeff Lacy isn't a "relevant opponent" for Diaz, I firmly charge that Jeff Lacy stands to be a dangerous threat to Nick Diaz in the boxing ring.

Come on, MMA fans. Let's not become the uneducated combat sports fans that some ignorant boxing fans were just before James Toney was beheaded by Randy Couture last year. We have to respect a boxer in his own arena, just the same way that any boxer should respect a mixed martial artist's game in the cage. Such is the case with Nick Diaz.

Yes, Diaz has developed a tight jab to complement his MMA skill set. However, MMA boxing is very different from the strict pugilism required in the boxing ring. Nick Diaz is a flat-footed boxer, who lacks the speed and footwork for an experienced pugilist like Jeff Lacy. Lacy has hit some bumps over the last five years of his career, notably a 2009 loss to Roy Jones, but we're still talking about a fighter who has thirty pro fights to his name, of which he holds 25 victories, and seventeen knockouts. He's a former IBF super middleweight champion who has heavy hands, and is generally a physically strong athlete.

Still, Nick Diaz does possess two key ingredients that can carry him in the boxing ring just as they have in the cage -- stamina and heart. You can trust, Diaz will need that bottomless gas tank and iron-clad heart against Jeff Lacy.

Jeff Lacy Signs To Fight MMA Champion Nick Diaz
Official Press Release
Friday, May 6, 2011
Source: Mario Serrano (MJS Public Relations)

May 6, 2011 - The hottest fighter in the mixed martial arts landscape right now is Stocktons own, Nick Diaz. He is currently riding an 11-fight win streak and has been mentioned as a potential super-fight candidate to face-off against UFC welterweight champion George St. Pierre at the end of 2011.

Due to the structuring of Diaz's contract with MMA outfit, Strikeforce, he is in a unique position where he can contractually pursue a professional boxing career in addition to his mixed-martial arts title reign.

While rumors of opponents such as former champions Fernando Vargas and Roy Jones Jr. have been floated around, neither mans team have yet solidified a contract with the young champion.

A few moments ago, former IBF super-middleweight champion & devastating knockout artist, Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy, officially signed on the dotted line to square off against Diaz in the Fall of 2011.

Lacy possesses the type of dangerous punching power in both hands that can end the double digit win streak of the rugged Northern California champion.

Don Chargin states, "This is a very dangerous fight for both men. Not only is this fight dangerous but stylistically it is very intriguing. 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."

Chargin continues, "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."

Can Jeff Lacy refocus his career to regain the once promising glory that lingered at his fingertips just a few short years back?

Can Nick Diaz's granite chin withstand the devastating punching power of arguably the hardest punching 168-pound fighter on the planet?

These questions will definitely be answered before the end of 2011 as the fight titled, "Breaking History" is fairly self-explanatory.

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