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Chillmatic
Ozell Nelson Speaks on a Possible Jermain Taylor-Jeff Lacy Fight
By Ryan Songalia




When Jermain Taylor and Jeff Lacy jumped to the pros after representing the United States in the 2000 Olympic games, it was inevitable that they'd one day cross paths in the paid ranks.

Few anticipated that their meeting would come in a crossroads fight.

"I always thought they'd fight a lot sooner," said Ozell Nelson, trainer and father figure to Jermain Taylor. "I think if they would have fought sooner it would have been a lot bigger."

As is, Taylor is on the rebound following two consecutive losses to Kelly Pavlik at 160 pounds while attempting to assimilate himself into the super middleweight division. Lacy has been flirting with a move up to light-heavyweight after his first loss to Joe Calzaghe in 2006. He has since won decisions over Vitali Tsypko and Peter Manfredo.

Still, with their name recognition and potential for fireworks, a fight between Taylor and Lacy remains a mouth-watering possibility for fight fans. That's if plans can be finalized between Dibella Entertainment, representing Taylor, 27-2 (17 KO), and Lacy, 23-1 (17 KO), promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

Nelson, who guided Taylor through his amateur career, says Taylor has been "in and out" of the gym since dropping a twelve-round decision loss to Pavlik in February.

"He just comes in and hits the bag. Lately he has been off. He just came back from a cruise and picked up a little bit more weight than usual."

Lacy told the Tampa Tribune that he intended to move forward with a July tuneup bout before facing Taylor. If a tuneup could not be arranged then he would prefer to fight Taylor next year.

Lou Dibella has stated that a November date is currently in discussion.

"I feel he doesn't need a confidence booster fight before fighting Jeff Lacy," Nelson says, brushing aside a rust-shaking bout for Taylor. "Jermain loves to fight name guys. He's not known to take lesser fights. He and Jeff Lacy had talked about fighting each other. So it can happen but we're going to have to confer with our promoter and manager because they're the ones who make the decisions."

Ricardo Mayorga, Brian Vera and Felix Trinidad had been mentioned as potential opponents for Taylor, though none of those ideas made it past discussions. Lacy was scheduled to appear on the Shane Mosley-Zab Judah card before a Judah injury caused the entire event to be canceled.

Though nothing has been finalized, Nelson did not refrain from speculating on how the fight would play out. "I think style-wise they match up perfectly. Jeff Lacy is a strong guy on the inside with a good left hook, but I think he's a lot slower than Jermain Taylor.

"I'm positive Taylor would win."

Nelson became Taylor's chief second following the first Pavlik fight, ending an unimpressive four-fight tenure with Emmanuel Steward. Prior to that, Pat Burns had guided Taylor to a 25-0 record.

"Basically, we're just getting back to the basics, right where we came off from the amateurs. Using the jab more, not trying to knock people out with one punch and using more lateral movement."
rusty_trombone
I would be excited about this fight if it were 2003
FenderDG3
QUOTE(rusty_trombone @ Jun 9 2008, 04:25 PM) [snapback]391964[/snapback]
I would be excited about this fight if it were 2003


I agree, but I'm still intrigued by this fight. I see this as a crossroads fight for both men. Where would the loser of this fight go after this?? Back to anonymity?
thehype
Thanks for the info Chill. Agreed. Good crossroads fight for both of them. I have a feeling that Lacy is looking for a little easier test though.
FenderDG3
QUOTE(thehype @ Jun 9 2008, 04:51 PM) [snapback]391969[/snapback]
Thanks for the info Chill. Agreed. Good crossroads fight for both of them. I have a feeling that Lacy is looking for a little easier test though.


Hype, you're probably right Lacy. He didn't look that great against Manfredo. I would want to test out the surgically repaired rotator cuff at least one more time before fighting Taylor.
U.S. Champ
Don't you guys think Glen Jonhson vs Lacy would be a dream match I'm just thinking out loud
Chillmatic
QUOTE(thehype @ Jun 9 2008, 05:51 PM) [snapback]391969[/snapback]
Thanks for the info Chill. Agreed. Good crossroads fight for both of them. I have a feeling that Lacy is looking for a little easier test though.


The fight would have been amazing if they met at the summit. Now both guys just need a big win.

Their circumstances remind me of where Mosley and Vargas were when they fought. Both guys were in the position where they needed a big win and the only way they'd find themselves back in the mix is at the expense of one of them.

Lacy needs an easier test against a lower level super middleweight/light heavyweight. The health of Lacy's shoulder is the wild card. If Lacy can remain healthy this is a very different fight.
D-MARV
Jermain's Handspeed would be the difference. I see JT winning this one by a Pretty good margin or even late stoppage!
BigG
Taylor by easy decision...hurting Lacy a few times in the process.
KingEugene
Really dont care for this fight now but I'd still watch it just cause I'm a boxing fan. Taylor by decision though.
Method
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Good crossroads fight for both of them.


Feels weird that these two are already facing respective "crossroads" fights, ya know?
D-MARV
QUOTE(Method @ Jun 10 2008, 09:15 AM) [snapback]392033[/snapback]
Feels weird that these two are already facing respective "crossroads" fights, ya know?

It's sad! both were on the road to greatness! But Calzaghe took Lacy's soul.

As for JT, he could very easily be 23-6 right now! Thats almost journeymen status! But Im not giving up on him. I think if he sticks with Nelson then he will do well @ 168 and maybe regain another title!
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