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Nick Diaz vs. Jeff Lacy Boxing Match Is Signed for the Fall, According to Press Release [UPDATED]


(“Must…not…show…joy.” Photo courtesy of Mark J. Rebilas.)

Nick Diaz came one step closer to his grumpy transition toward a boxing career today, as a press release was distributed claiming that Jeff Lacy has officially signed to box Diaz this fall. A former IBF super-middleweight champion, Lacy was one of the guys who Gary Shaw dismissed as an irrelevant opponent for Diaz, but when you have a 1-0 record in boxing (as Diaz does), beggars can’t be choosers. In fact, Diaz is just as irrelevant an opponent for Lacy when you think about it, but whatever.

No date or venue has been named yet, although the event will be titled “Breaking History.” (Good. As long as we have the important stuff locked down, everything else should fall into place on its own.) Said promoter Don Chargin in the press release: “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 it’s 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 Gracie’s gym to set up a private, closed door sparring session between Nick and a few nameless top-level contenders I have in mind.”

Last month, Jeff Lacy responded quite positively to the news that Diaz wanted to fight him, saying:

Honestly, 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. I’m willing to put it all on the line anytime, anywhere!…For the right price, I’m more than interested in heading to his turf and put my fist in his mouth and silencing him.”

By the way, there hasn’t been an official statement from Nick Diaz or his camp yet confirming that they’ve signed for the fight, so take this press release with a grain of salt; as of this week, Cesar Gracie seemed to be angling for a fight between Diaz and GSP. UPDATE: Cesar Gracie tells MMAWeekly, “Yes, unless GSP is offered up as a sacrifice [by the UFC], Nick will fight Lacy.”

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SnackDaddy- May 7, 2011 at 2:38 am
My favorite moment of UFC 129 was watching Nick Diaz get triple suflexed by Rory McDonald. Maybe Nick can go win a Strikeforce belt now too.
momentum205champ- July 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm
that was nate diaz that fought rory you fuckin stupid mother fucker
SnackDaddy- May 7, 2011 at 2:25 am
“Yes, unless GSP is offered up as a sacrifice [by the UFC], Nick will fight Lacy.”
God, i fucking hate Cesar Gracie and his entire crew of hoodlums. You'd think their UFC 129 showing would silence them for a while. But no, these guys know no fucking shame. What the fuck do they have between them. A stupid Strike Force belt that they just defended against Deley. What a fucking joke! There're half a dozen fighters in Nick's weight class in the UFC who can put him to sleep. And Jake Shield's never had a chance against GSP. His stand-up is laughable. What's more laughable is the fact that he couldn't take GSP down once in five fucking rounds to use his Jiu-Jitsu. Honestly, he kicks like a girl and looks like he's gonna fall over every time he does. Fuck you, Nick and Gracie!
ClubberLame- May 6, 2011 at 11:46 pm
Jeff Lacy is a big boxing match for Nick Diaz. The guy has been a champion, was once pretty well feared, had a big buzz and name going. If Nick Diaz actually BEAT a former World Champion boxer at BOXING it would be HUGE. It's not this match, it's the NEXT handful of boxing matches that could make Diaz the green he desires. But that's IF he beats Lacy at said boxing match and continues winning boxing matches.
Me likey- May 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm
a little conflicted on this one. the whole boxing vs mma side of me wants diaz to do well. the i hate the diaz brothers side of me wants to see him get his head knocked off.
diaz will get ktfo
fatbellyfrank- May 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm
Why Nick why? this will do your career no good at all
PauliostheGreat- May 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm
Diaz as a professional boxer is laughable. He almost went to sleep against Daley and now he is going to be stuck in a pure stand up, all hands boxing match. Someone get Diaz a pillow and his blankie because I have a feeling he will be taking a nap early that night.
SethF- May 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm
@FriedTaco:

You become a nameless top contender the same way "Roster Player" dominated mid-90s basketball videogames
Gooner- May 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm
Haven't watched boxing for ages...hasn't Jeff Lacy lost the plot since being demolished by Calzaghe.

What does Diaz gain from winning this fight?. Can he seriously challenge someone higher ranked then Lacy ??
Sabado Gigante- May 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm
Unofficial Top 5 MMA's Public Enemy List:

1. Bob Reilly
2. The Fat Old Shaw
3. The Wangster Shaw
4. Cecil Peoples
5. Gus Johnson
philoebeddoe- May 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm
Is this just posturing by Cesar? Isn't he trying to use this to get Dana to hurry up and call Diaz to make the GSP fight happen? I'm confused.
Pen Fifteen- May 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm
Will an athletic commission actually sign off on this? I doubt it.
dim mak- May 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm
jeff lacy's no superstar, but he'll wipe the floor with diaz. no disrespect, and i love diaz as an MMA fighter, but it's just as insane for him to try this as it was for andrew toney to waltz into the cage with randy couture.
Onan- May 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm
Couture vs Toney 2? So i guess Diaz is analogous to James Toney since he is the one who will be fighting out of his element?
ArmFarmer- May 6, 2011 at 12:34 pm
10 bucks says diaz gets pissed off after being a punching bag for 2 rounds, grabs ahold of his ass, and starts throwing knees.
DARKHORSE06- May 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm
Why the fuck would he even do this? Does he seriously think he's gonna make THAT much money?
LOKI- May 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm
I'm actually kinda shocked he hasnt been approched to be in the latest weed-pop-culture movie if even as a bit part or cameo.
I bet when he is really high, and not paranoid Ariel Helwani is about to suicide bomb him, he is actually pretty fuckin mellow and funny.
intercept440- May 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm
i hope he does fight lacy.. diaz as a professionl boxer is laughable.. his boxing skils are no where near a professional boxers, let alone a former IBF middleweight champ
RwilsonR- May 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm
Diaz will probably lose, then hurt his marketability in MMA, because a fight with GSP hardly seems so "super" after he comes back from a loss in boxing. Then he'll complain about being underpaid.
Fried Taco- May 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm
nameless top-level contenders? How do you become a top-level contender without a name?
iadyn- May 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm
Couture vs Toney 2, anyone?
ArmFarmer- May 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm
Shaw family.. please stay the fuck away from mma, you've done enough damage already. Thanks.
ArmFarmer- May 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm
Exactly.. Diaz is an irrelevant boxer.. why would anyone expect him to face a top tier fighter? Answer: Shaw is more interested in a freakshow fight that he thinks will pull in more viewers, as opposed to a legitimate sports competition. Nothing new there.. *cough* kimbo *cough*
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