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‘Left Hook’ Lacy Half Amused, Half Insulted that Nick Diaz Wants to Box Him

(Compared to some of the things he’s experienced in boxing, Jeff Lacy (right) is excited to work with a serious, sober professional like Nick Diaz.)

Credit Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy, his camp and promoter for continuing to act like this proposed boxing match with Nick Diaz is a done deal, even though our suspicion is that Diaz and Cesar Gracie are just using Lacy and Co. to turn up the heat on Zuffa, LLC. Don’t get us wrong, we totally believe that Diaz is down to fight the former super middleweight champion … but likely only if the UFC can’t or won’t make a bout with Georges St. Pierre happen in the near future. Whatever the case, Lacy and his people are getting a nice publicity rub off this.

Case-in-point, Lacy got himself invited on ESPN 1100 in Las Vegas with Steve Cofield this week, where he sounded pretty dumbfounded that Diaz would want to “step into his ring,” but said he was totally willing to take advantage of the situation. In fairness, Lacy was actually somewhat complementary of MMA, saying he’s become a big fan, but then went on to compare the striking in our sport to glorified Toughman competitions. Lacy’s quotes are after the jump.

“I really don’t understand what was going through his mind,” Lacy says of Diaz. “I understand he may love a challenge (but) I’m up for this more than you would ever know. I don’t want to down talk the sport, I love MMA, but when you have people talking about it’s taking away from boxing, no … For me not to take this fight, it would make me a scaredycat. I don’t think I’ve ever been scared of anybody I’ve ever stepped in the ring with.”

Props to Lacy for not being afraid to use the term “scaredycat” in adult conversation, by the way. The boxer got a little testy when the radio hosts implied that if a punching-only fight with Diaz ever did go down, the pressure would be on Lacy to prove his point about MMA strikers being akin to amateurish brawlers.

“How would you figure the pressure’s on me when this is something I’ve been doing all my life?” Lacy responded. “It’s something I can close my eyes and do There pressure’s on him to step over, just like the pressure was on James (Toney) to step over to something he’s never done before … This is something I love to do, and I’ve dealt with way better technical fighters than this guy Diaz, is gonna present to me. I’ve dealt with a lot of different styles. He’s stepping into my ring, but it’s gonna be tougher for me? I don’t think so.”

Over the weekend, news broke that Diaz had signed some sort of contractual agreement with Lacy and promoter Don Chargin, but there seemed to be some confusion (or disagreement) about what that meant. In conversation with MMA Fighting, Chargin acted like Diaz-Lacy was a go (“We’re going to a lot of trouble if we don’t have it signed,” he said), while Cesar Gracie said his fighter would wait to see if the UFC is “serious” about giving Diaz a fight with GSP.

Meanwhile, we’re still under the impression Dana White will fly out to Stockton – staying in San Francisco, we assume, since we just can’t see Dana putting himself up at the Stockton Super 8 – and meet with Diaz to see if there’s anything the promotion can do to make Diaz happy … er, happier … er, at least happy enough not to up and quit the sport.

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Frank Mur- May 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm
"MMA fighters are better fighters than boxers, but boxers are better boxers"
For how many years now have we been hearing peolple arguing over who'd win in a fight between a Boxer and a Martial Artist, I think you nailed it with that comment. Could not not have been said any better.
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- May 10, 2011 at 10:21 am
Boxing was a great sport in it's time. the problem is that, like this country, politics got involved and now you have 50 sanctioning bodies and 40 weight classes for each one. if you can pass a physical, you can probably be a champion in some weight class in some two bit organazation. I loved boxing but MMA fighters are hungry, and eager to win and keep fighting. boxers fight once a year now. back in the first half of the last century, fighters fought 2 or 3 times a month. these old school fighters remind me of modern day MMA fighters. OK i'm done rambling
oh by the way I hope you spammers die slowly dragging behind a car on an asphalt road
SnackDaddy- May 10, 2011 at 7:07 am
That asswipe Diaz does not deserve a fight against GSP. Make him go through Kampman, Sanchez, Alves, Penn or Fitch first. I bet all these guys can take him out. First Jake Shields was the number one contender in the world and now another member from the same camp, Nick Diaz. How convenient!
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MMA Mafia- May 10, 2011 at 6:45 am
On the subject of mma vs. boxers didn't Sean Sherk want to fight Pacman or something like Dana wanted one of his top lightweights at the time do it. Maybe I'm stupid.....or dumb. (Prolly both)
MMA Mafia- May 10, 2011 at 6:38 am
Thnx, great incite.
Bootylam- May 9, 2011 at 10:36 pm
@ MMAmafia: You are stupid. Can't even get near how wrong you are on so many points. Dumb.
MMA Mafia- May 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm
Oh, and I love how boxers talk about our sport as a new fad. Hahaha Greco Roman wrestling was practiced by Romans, Greeks, ect thousands of years ago. The chinese have been doing martial arts for 4000 thousand years. The first sport invented was unarmed combat where punching, kicking, take downs, ect was used. Boxing at the most is a 150 years old. Fucking punching bag flat nose non speaking dumb fucks.
MMA Mafia- May 9, 2011 at 10:13 pm
@Armfarmer well said. The reason mma fighters aren't elite strikers is because the train in multiple styles. Boxers only train in boxing. Of course ur better at it. The main reason mma fighters don't train 90% boxing is because u can't stand the way a boxer does or throw like a boxer does or you'll get kicked in the head or takin down. I'm sorry but if I'm ever in a bar or street fight, I'm picking the mma guy NOT the boxer to go into battle with. Mma fighters are the best fighters.
ArmFarmer- May 9, 2011 at 5:43 pm
I don't even know who this dude is but I'd put money on him. It's a boxing match.. Diaz isn't even a fucking striker. Yeah I know he outstrikes strikers, but when all is said and done he's a ground fighter with a mean streak and good hands. If it were at least a kick boxing match and they were allowed to clinch I might have some faith but.. I don't think he wins this if it happens. MMA fighters are better fighters than boxers, but boxers are better boxers.
Fried Taco- May 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm
Get it right, Lefty. It's not scaredycat, it's scaredyhomie!
MMAthiest- May 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm
Anyone who thinks Diaz has a shot against Lacy is an idiot.
Morningwood- May 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm
I guess if Diaz is using this to pinch Zuffa. At least it sounds like he's being somewhat realistic in picking a fight he has a chance in. Which will make Zuffa feel like it's a real threat to tie up one of their fighters for a while.
Morningwood- May 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm
I wonder if Jones Jr. was able to afford the outfit off of his contract earnings with big Country?
Uppercut Magnet- May 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm
"Hey baby, you got any captain in you?"
"what? No?"
"Hey baby, you want some captain in you?"
El Guapo- May 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm
Well, not THE End. Lacy, along with getting beat up, shredded his shoulder-his LEFT shoulder-that fight and has never attained his pre-Calzaghe form. But he still fights here and there, as the picture with Roy Jones proves. Not sure who I'd take if he does fight Diaz. I'd imagine it'd be a good fight, but who knows..
El Guapo- May 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm
Lacy used to be the next big thing in boxing until he fought Joe Calzaghe in the UK. Calzaghe was a little known European fighter who, even though was a beltholder and sported an undefeated record, was supposed to be steppingstone. Only problem is Calzaghe never got the memo and proceeded to beat the brakes off of Left Hook, who was never the same. Th End
LOKI- May 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm
The ethnic one.
Morningwood- May 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm
I don't follow boxing any longer. Who's gonna win this fight if it happens?
Morningwood- May 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm
and he's wearing an outfit.
LOKI- May 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm
Roy Jones Jr. has a little Captain in him.