If not offered a fight with Georges St. Pierre, Nick Diaz will box Jeff Lacy in the FallPosted on May 6, 2011, 08:20 PM by Joey Santosus
After weeks of speculation surrounding a potential opponent for Nick Diaz's professional boxing endeavor, former IBF Super-Middleweight Champion Jeff Lacy has officially signed-on to face the Strikeforce Welterweight Champion this Fall.
This according to a press release issued earlier today (via MMAMania.com):
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.
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."
It seems, however, things aren't as official as they appear. While promoter Don Chargin insists that both Diaz and Lacy have signed the bout agreements, Cesar Gracie denied the claims.
"Nick has a signed contract but is waiting to sign an actual bout agreement," Gracie explained to MMAFighting.com via text message. "We are only waiting to see if ZUFFA is serious about a Diaz-GSP fight."
Following UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre's successful title defense against Jake Shields in Toronto this past Saturday, UFC President Dana White appeared open to the idea of bringing Diaz in to challenge "GSP."
Though Diaz's current contract with Strikeforce, which was negotiated prior to ZUFFA's purchase of the promotion, allows him to compete in professional boxing, White has also revealed plans to meet with both he and Cesar Gracie in Stockton, California in hopes of talking him out of doing so.
In his latest outing, Diaz defeated British slugger Paul Daley via first round TKO, marking his third title defense and tenth consecutive victory. Following the match-up, however, Diaz openly questioned his future in MMA, a sport in which he feels he is currently overworked and underpaid, and cited boxing as a more lucrative alternative.
Lacy, meanwhile, was dethroned by Joe Calzaghe in 2006 and is currently 3-3 in his past six efforts. The 34-year-old most recently fought in December, dropping a unanimous decision against Dhafir Smith in his hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Stay tuned to LowKick.com for more information as it becomes available.