March 10, 2016
Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy became a footnote in boxing history when Joe Calzaghe utterly destroyed him in a super middleweight title unification bout.
It was a brutal one-sided beating that took place on March 4, 2006 in Manchester, England. Lacy was thoroughly dominated in skill, strategy and fundamental execution.
Lacy,38, cheerfully recalls the ass kicking he received from Joe Calzaghe 10 years ago.
“I was the favorite going into the fight and was completely dismantled by him,” Lacy said.
The idea of controlling America’s next great pound-for-pound champion and box-office draw was now a shattered dream for Lacy’s temperamental promoter Gary Shaw.
“The Calzaghe fight was supposed to be Jeff’s springboard to superstardom,” Shaw said. “I shit the bed. What the fuck was I thinking putting a one-dimensional fighter up against a supreme fighting machine?”
Lacy entered the fight as the undefeated IBF 168-pound titleholder. He left the ring a battered and bloodied mess.
Calzaghe easily and savagely tagged Lacy with uncontested 25-punch combinations.
The damage done to Lacy was immediate. He had blood spewing from his nose and cuts over both eyes just a couple of rounds into the fight.
“I took that beating like a champ. He dropped me, but couldn’t stop me,” Lacy boasted.
Calzaghe won every single second of the fight. He landed 755 precision guided punches while avoiding 95 percent of Lacy’s punches.
“The Lacy fight was a pleasurable fight. A career defining fight,” Calzaghe recalls. “I was pretty much in there with a punching bag.”