Former middleweight boxing champion Jeff Lacy is ready to strap on the gloves and welcome Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz to the ring, but he’s questioning how serious the Stockton, Calif. native is about actually boxing him.
Lacy has apparently already signed on to face Diaz later this year, but now with all the talk about Diaz potentially facing UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre instead of boxing, he’s wondering if the fight will happen.
“I’ve agreed to the fight, his side sent out a press release saying he had agreed to the fight. But I’ve heard through the grapevine that he’s not serious about this, that maybe his so-called heavy hands can’t back up his big talk” said Lacy in a press release on Thursday.
The former boxing champion isn’t shying away from calling Diaz out because he’s ready to face him, but not sure that his potential opponent will walk the walk after talking the talk.
“Diaz started this and I’m going to end it. He called me out, I accepted, that means we fight. That’s how it is in the boxing world; hopefully in the mixed martial arts business it works the same,” Lacy commented.
“I’ve been hearing for years about MMA taking over boxing. We’ll see about that in the ring with Diaz and me.”
Diaz has actively spoken about pursuing a career in boxing after his last win in MMA over top contender Paul Daley in early April.
In Diaz’s current Strikeforce deal it allows him to box as well as do MMA, so he’s free and clear to do that, but it doesn’t mean the people in charge are gung ho for the idea.
UFC President Dana White has stated on several occasions that he doesn’t believe Diaz should enter the boxing arena, despite the fact that he has shown great stand-up in his MMA bouts.
White has said he plans on meeting with Diaz and his manager Cesar Gracie to discuss the his possible future in boxing, but as of yet they parties have not come together for a discussion.
Regardless of that meeting, Jeff Lacy is content to wait and see if Diaz really wants to face him or not. The boxing promoters have even titled the fight calling Diaz vs. Lacy ‘Breaking History’ ahead of the potential match-up that would take place later this year.
Lacy said he’s even picked out his ring entrance music, and plans on that being a pre-cursor to what will happen to Diaz if they meet.
“I’ve already picked out my ring walk music before I pummel Diaz. AC/DC’s “If You Want Blood, You Got It”,” Lacy stated.
“Hope to see you soon Nick.”
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