ST. PETERSBURG, FL. (April 18, 2011) Former super middleweight world champion Jeff â€œLeft Hookâ€ Lacy read with interest last Fridayâ€™s edition of the USA Today newspaper in which Strikeforce Championsâ€™ Nick Diaz challenged him to a boxing match.
â€œHonestly, 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. Iâ€™m willing to put it all on the line anytime, anywhere!â€ said the St. Petersburg resident.
â€œFor the right price, Iâ€™m more than interested in heading to his turf and put my fist in his mouth and silencing him."
Diaz is coming off a dominating win over Paul Daley last weekend in a Showtime televised fight in front of a packed house at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego and is looking for new challenges.
In a fantastic one round bout, Diaz scored a TKO victory Daley with a barrage of punches calling a halt to the action at the end of the initial stanza.
Appearing on HDNetâ€™s Inside MMA Show, Diaz said "They don't have anybody else for me to fight now; I don't see much of a future in this sport for me. I honestly don't, especially if there's not whole a (crap) load of money going on."
Strikeforce officially paid Diaz $175,000 for beating Daley, according to the California State Athletic Commission.
According to Diazâ€™s manager/trainer Cesar Gracie, Diaz is looking to box against a prominent opponent in September or October.
Said attorney/manager of Lacy, Joey Gilbert, â€œIn my opinion Nick Diaz has the best boxing/striking skills in the MMA game today, 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 B.J. Penn's who many believe is the best in the sport.â€
â€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."
A participant in The Contender, Season One, Gilbert is a former middleweight contender. He currently is a practicing attorney and founder of Sports Entertainment Unlimited, a diverse sports management firm based in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada.