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Back with Bloodworth, Jeff Lacy Returns to the Basics
By Ryan Songalia




When a fighter the caliber of Jeff Lacy faces someone like Epifanio Mendoza, it's usually brushed aside or overlooked as a mere formality - a "tuneup fight," if you will. Most fans and pundits are already looking past this fight to a potential Lacy clash with 2000 Olympic teammate Jermain Taylor sometime next year.

Lacy isn't.

He is expected to dispose of Mendoza with relative ease. So too were the expectations in Lacy's last two fights. But since his sole defeat in Wales two years ago, Lacy has failed to show off the pre-Joe Calzaghe form that once had him on course to becoming one of America's most celebrated champions.

This is another fight Lacy must win. And impressively.

"You have to take every fight seriously," says the former IBF super middleweight champion out of St. Petersburg, FL. "I can't take it as a tuneup fight. He comes forward and comes to fight. I'm sure he's thinking that he can win this fight.

"Right now, my focus is Mendoza. I don't want to talk about the fight with me and Jermain out of respect to Mendoza."

Now 31 years old with a record of 23-1 (17 KO), Lacy promises to go into his next fight on July 23's edition of ESPN2's Wednesday Night Fights at The Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, CA with a different outlook than he has in recent years.

To prepare for the first assignment of the second half of his career, Lacy has reunited with Roger Bloodworth, the man who guided him to the first 15 wins of his pro career. Lacy had been working with Dan Birmingham, who also trains Winky Wright, since his fight with Donnell Wiggins in 2003. Since April, Lacy and Bloodworth have embarked on a training campaign aimed at reintroducing Lacy to the basic fundamentals that initially brought them success.

"What we're doing right now is trying to get him back to the point where he was when he was working with me before," Bloodworth says. "When he was using his jab more, [throwing] combinations, controlling the ring and didn't worry about the knockout. He's doing really well right now. The next thing is to take it to the ring."

"There were a lot of things we trained for that I had gotten away from," admits Lacy. "It didn't take much for us to get back on the same note. Everything has been going great working with him."

Aside from rearranging corner personnel, Lacy also enlisted the services of strength and conditioning coach Tony Brady who has helped sculpt a more boxing-ready body.

Lacy realized the need for different training methods during his fight with Manfredo, when his considerable muscle mass became a severe hindrance as the rounds progressed. Outside of the early knockdown scored by Lacy, he was outhustled in punch stat numbers, winning by narrow margins.

"The thing about the Manfredo fight that I didn't expect," Lacy says, "the muscle bulk that I brought into the ring didn't have the endurance to go the whole 12 rounds. That's why I looked so flat.

"When you first start off fighting, it takes you a long time to understand how to throw certain punches. Basically, by me having 97 percent of my tendons reattached, that was my biggest problem in the Manfredo fight. Getting them to operate the way I'm used to them operating. I feel that now they're doing that."

If it isn't one thing, it's another.

In the fight before that, against Vitali Tsypko, Lacy tore his left rotator cuff in the second round and came within a punch or two of being stopped in the ninth.

From the third round on, "Left Hook" Lacy was without his signature punch.

The amount of clean punches absorbed by Lacy in that fight had many wondering if the beating taken against Calzaghe had quelled his pugilistic flame.

Lacy had surgery on the rotator cuff in December of 2006 and says that he has experienced no pain during training. He estimates its health to be at "98 percent." Having two fully functional arms has significantly improved his confidence.

"He's very focused," Bloodworth says. He wants to prove that he still has it. If he does in the ring what he does in the gym, he should be fine."

Like his pupil, Bloodworth shows a similar reverence for the Colombian slugger Mendoza, whose record stands at 28-5-1 (24 KO).

"He's tall, has a long sneaky right hand and tries to catch you around the head. His hook is pretty sneaky, too.

"I expect him to come with everything he's got because this is do or die."

To prepare for the power of Mendoza, Bloodworth brought in cruiserweight sparring partners. Bloodworth added, "It's hard to get work from fighters any smaller than that."

Mendoza has spent his career fluctuating between junior middleweight and light-heavyweight, remaining inactive since losing to then-WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson in four rounds. He had stepped in on short notice to replace the injured Adrian Diaconu.

Although Mendoza's two knockout defeats represent his two steps up in competition, the Lacy camp says that if the stoppage comes, it comes. Should it not, they will not be disappointment.

"Me and Roger haven't been working on going out there and knocking people out. We've been working on the skill of boxing, getting behind my jab, using combinations. If he don't get knocked out, he's going to get really beaten up."

Says Bloodworth, "I'd love to see him control the fight with the jab and break him down methodically. He needs to shake off some rust. If Jeff can use his jab and throw combinations, it's going to be a long night for Mendoza."

Or a short one.
Mean Mister Mustard
Lacy has a good amateur pedigree so he knows how to fight. BUt he needs to lose some muscle, he's too slow. And with all that mass you would think he could at least punch people's lights out. Dude could only hurt Manfredo once and that was a shitty knockdown. Don't be surprised if Lacy loses his next fight and then retires.
HaydelHammer
QUOTE(Mean Mister Mustard @ Jul 22 2008, 06:09 PM) [snapback]396732[/snapback]
Lacy has a good amateur pedigree so he knows how to fight. BUt he needs to lose some muscle, he's too slow. And with all that mass you would think he could at least punch people's lights out. Dude could only hurt Manfredo once and that was a shitty knockdown. Don't be surprised if Lacy loses his next fight and then retires.


I agree with all the above.

I thought this guy was going to be the type of dude that wins with a combination of power combos, chin and atrition.

nope.....it's a wrap for him.
D-MARV
Lacy is done! MD win against Mendoza... wink.gif
ROLL DEEP
I've always liked Lacy.


I do think he's about at the tail end of his career now....his performances aren't going to get much better now and he'll remain always trying to get that one good performance that may bump him up the rankings....but I don't think it'll happen.



Big muscles don't equal punching power. It depends on what muscle fibres you have trained.
moscow bear
QUOTE(damarvelous1 @ Jul 24 2008, 07:06 AM) [snapback]396867[/snapback]
Lacy is done! MD win against Mendoza... wink.gif


Calzaghe took his soul
JD
I said it in the 7th or 8th round of the Calzaghe fight...and unfortunately, it's true. Calzaghe was in the process of ruining him, and letting Lacy go out there for the final 5 rounds sealed the deal.

D-MARV
Off the top of my head I can only think of a few fights that have completely ruined a fighter! What I mean is take a fighter out of his prime and psychologically damage him for good. Can you guys name a few?

Calzaghe-Lacy
Tarver-Jones II
Douglas-Tyson, though Tyson was already "psychologically screwed"
Tha Docta
joe calzaghe said it best in his corner after the 2nd rd of the lacy fight, "this guy is shit".

he was right on. lacy may have power, but he telegraphs his punches so poorly that it pretty much negates his power. he gives the appearance of a strong puncher, not necessarily a KO puncher. he is fundamentally flawed and has shown zero improvement over the last few years. anyone with a decent uppercut can beat the shit out of him.

i would put money on mendoza if they ever met in a rematch. i wanted him to KO lacy last night just to close the book on him. lacy should try to get a big fight as soon as possible to get his last payday.
BigG
Althought I like Lacy, he was always overrated. He had some nice KOs over an old Vanderpool and Robin Reid, but he's always shown poor defense and wasn't the quickest fighter.

Since losing to Calzgahe, he's looked like shit in all 3 of his comeback fights.

I heard they were talking about Taylor-Lacy?

Jermain Taylor would dominate him at this point...late stoppage or wide UD.

Epifanio hurt him and nearly won.

Epifanio Mendoza the same guy Chad Dawson played with for 4 rounds.
D-MARV
QUOTE(Fitz @ Jul 24 2008, 08:50 AM) [snapback]396883[/snapback]
I don't think Douglas ruined Tyson at all. I thought Tyson was his own worst enemy and pretty much ruined himself.

You're correct!

To the world though, I think we lost that image of this terrifying human being who was indestructible! We all knew he had issues outside the ring but inside the ring we saw a man take out all his problems on the poor victims he had in front of him...

I was only a little pup at the time but I remember the look on Tyson's face when he was being held on his feet by his trainer. That look was far from intimidating. That was a look of someone who needed help, like a helpless child...

So in essence, that fight did not necessarily ruin Tyson all together! but I think it ruined his rep inside the ring, which lead to his complete downfall as a fighter, along with the demons he fought outside the ring.
Big Slim Sweet
QUOTE(damarvelous1 @ Jul 24 2008, 07:43 AM) [snapback]396881[/snapback]
Off the top of my head I can only think of a few fights that have completely ruined a fighter! What I mean is take a fighter out of his prime and psychologically damage him for good. Can you guys name a few?

Calzaghe-Lacy
Tarver-Jones II
Douglas-Tyson, though Tyson was already "psychologically screwed"

I'd say Barrera-Hamed. Getting humiliated like that seemed to sap the Prince of his will to go on.

I think the Holyfield fights ruined Tyson's rep a lot worse than the Douglas fight did. Most were chalking the Douglas loss up to a bad night, an overlooked opponent, etc. With Holyfield, Tyson got roughed up and beat at his own game, then punked out in the rematch.

The look on Tyson's face entering the ring for the Holyfield rematch was the first time he looked like a scared little boy.
The CEO
That was a crazy ass fight last night........Lacy looked like a top tier, 4 round club fighter in there....

I felt Mendoza deserved at least a draw or a win....he was tagging Lacy with the ugliest of punches....looked like he was a pitcher throwing sliders in there....his uppercuts were coming from Mississippi....lol

Lacy is done. He was slow...his power wasn't there...his balance was horrible...his speech is off....I could go on.....but simply put...he needs to retire.
ROLL DEEP
Damn.....was Lacy that bad?




On about fighters ruining other fighters....Tito - Reid anyone?
Mean Mister Mustard
Lacy needs to try and get one big payday and get out of boxing. He will never be THE MAN, but at least he was a contender for many years, that is more than a lot of boxers attain.
Big Slim Sweet
QUOTE(The C.E.O. @ Jul 24 2008, 10:20 AM) [snapback]396899[/snapback]
Lacy is done. He was slow...his power wasn't there...his balance was horrible...his speech is off....I could go on.....but simply put...he needs to retire.

I thought his speech sounded bad too. He was barely making sense in the postfight interview with Teddy. Teddy kept asking him about the tackle, and all he could respond with was how Mendoza shouldn't cry about the decision when he couldn't finish him off. Teddy could have asked him his prediction for Cotto-Margarito, or what he ate for breakfast that morning, and he would have said the same thing. It was like his brain was caught in a loop or something.

I really like Jeff Lacy. He was an exciting fighter and a legit belt holder who gave us several high-octane battles. But his time near the top was short, and now gone forever. I really hope his advisers do right by him, and that he surprises us all by actually listening to what they tell him. If he can get a cash-out fight next with a guy like Taylor or Andre Ward for a few hundred k, fine, take it. But otherwise just bow out. Fighting on will serve no purpose other than to continue taking worse and worse beatings.
Mean Mister Mustard
QUOTE(Big Slim @ Jul 24 2008, 12:08 PM) [snapback]396913[/snapback]
I thought his speech sounded bad too. He was barely making sense in the postfight interview with Teddy. Teddy kept asking him about the tackle, and all he could respond with was how Mendoza shouldn't cry about the decision when he couldn't finish him off. Teddy could have asked him his prediction for Cotto-Margarito, or what he ate for breakfast that morning, and he would have said the same thing. It was like his brain was caught in a loop or something.


Well consider the fact that he got his ass wobbled at leas 2 times during the fight.
Blayde
Actually I thought against Mendoza Lacy looked exactly the way he did previously to the Calzaghe fight. Against Tsypko and Manfredo his left arm wasnt working and he looked slower than ever, against Mendoza I think he looked like he always did in the past until he started to tire. In round 2 he was already hurt, but that doesnt have to do anything with Lacy being past his best, its just something that can happen when a big puncher faces a guy like Lacy who has a bad defense.

Lacy vs. Wiggins was pretty much even before the stoppage, Lacy vs. Sheika was a war, Lacy vs. Vanderpool was very competitive. You cant forget that Lacy has always lost some rounds and that his opponents always had their moments. He was always very hittable, especially with uppercuts and Lacy always tended to smother his own punches on the inside and to load up a while giving his opponent the chance to land quick shots.

I had the fight 95-95. IMO if someone had got a 96-94 decision, it should have been Lacy. In a rematch Id favor him because he looked good before he looked tired. Of course he may also have tired because of Mendozas shots and Mendozas power will always dangerous for him though.
ROLL DEEP
QUOTE(Mean Mister Mustard @ Jul 24 2008, 12:24 PM) [snapback]396916[/snapback]
Well consider the fact that he got his ass wobbled at leas 2 times during the fight.



Its never a good idea to go off what a fighter sounds like in a post fight interview because with the adrenaline pumping and the fact that they've just been smacked in the head for 10/12 rounds, its very rare a fighter sounds the most educated and well spoken person on the planet.
The CEO
but his speech/word selection was off in his prefight promo as well...he's showing the 1st stages of punch drunkness....
Mean Mister Mustard
QUOTE(The C.E.O. @ Jul 25 2008, 11:20 AM) [snapback]397001[/snapback]
but his speech/word selection was off in his prefight promo as well...he's showing the 1st stages of punch drunkness....


Speech/word sel.... Man are you a doctor? Are you a trained speech coach? No, so STFU

But all kidding aside whether he is shot or not he should look for one big payday and call it quits. I can't see him taking over 168 or 175, too many good fighters and he is just not that good. He should go over to Denmark and fight Kessler, get paid as he gets beat.
The CEO
QUOTE(Mean Mister Mustard @ Jul 25 2008, 12:36 PM) [snapback]397004[/snapback]
Speech/word sel.... Man are you a doctor? Are you a trained speech coach? No, so STFU


Hey...HEY!....you can't talk to me like that! I drive a DODGE STRATUS!!
Big Slim Sweet
QUOTE(Mean Mister Mustard @ Jul 24 2008, 12:24 PM) [snapback]396916[/snapback]
Well consider the fact that he got his ass wobbled at leas 2 times during the fight.


QUOTE(ROLL DEEP @ Jul 25 2008, 11:01 AM) [snapback]396997[/snapback]
Its never a good idea to go off what a fighter sounds like in a post fight interview because with the adrenaline pumping and the fact that they've just been smacked in the head for 10/12 rounds, its very rare a fighter sounds the most educated and well spoken person on the planet.

Geez fellas, thanks for the tips. Seeing as how this was my first time ever watching boxing those thoughts never even occurred to me! I'll make sure to listen to a fighter's postfight interview with a more (or should I say less) discerning ear the next time I decide to watch a fight!

Seriously though, how often do you see a fighter in a postfight interview not be able to comprehend the questions being asked of him and just continue to offer the same response over and over, becoming increasingly agitated each time? Maybe it was particularly noisy in the arena, or maybe it turns out Lacy's ear drum got busted in there, but otherwise, he seemed off to me.

Again, I really like Lacy. Oddly I think I'll always remember him most for the Corrales-Castillo fight, when he was sitting in the 2nd row shouting instructions and cheering on Chico. I remember when Castillo knocked Chico down Lacy slumped back in his seat, looking all upset.
Mean Mister Mustard
QUOTE(Big Slim @ Jul 25 2008, 12:20 PM) [snapback]397008[/snapback]
Geez fellas, thanks for the tips. Seeing as how this was my first time ever watching boxing those thoughts never even occurred to me! I'll make sure to listen to a fighter's postfight interview with a more (or should I say less) discerning ear the next time I decide to watch a fight!

Seriously though, how often do you see a fighter in a postfight interview not be able to comprehend the questions being asked of him and just continue to offer the same response over and over, becoming increasingly agitated each time? Maybe it was particularly noisy in the arena, or maybe it turns out Lacy's ear drum got busted in there, but otherwise, he seemed off to me.

Again, I really like Lacy. Oddly I think I'll always remember him most for the Corrales-Castillo fight, when he was sitting in the 2nd row shouting instructions and cheering on Chico. I remember when Castillo knocked Chico down Lacy slumped back in his seat, looking all upset.


Quite often actually.
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