04.04.05 - WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe will get a unification showdown against IBF holder Jeff Lacy if he beats Mario Veit in Germany next month said promoter Frank Warren. The unbeaten Welshman defends his title against mandatory challenger Veit on May 7 in Braunschweig and Warren has had talks with Showtime chief Jay Larkin and Lacy's promoter Gary Shaw for the unbeaten American to face Calzaghe in the UK this September..
Calzaghe now has a great incentive to do an even better job than his 120-second blitz of Veit in April 2001 when he hammered the German with his lightning-fast power-punching. Florida based Lacy has fought in Britain twice before; on the Calzaghe-Miguel Jimenez undercard at Cardiff Castle and in Manchester on a Ricky Hatton card and will not flicker at the prospect of putting his title on the line against Calzaghe here.
A Calzaghe-Lacy super-fight will end a summer of blockbuster shows featuring British boxers that already includes Kostya Tszyu v Ricky Hatton and Scott Harrison v Michael Brodie.
Warren said, "Providing Joe comes through against Veit, which I am confident he will do, he will be looking at a unification fight against the IBF champion Lacy in September,"
"Following positive discussions with Jay Larkin and Gary Shaw we are confident in making the fight and will confirm details after the Veit fight,"
"Joe has called for a unification fight for some time now and Lacy wants the fight so the ball is now in Joe's court and he will have to do the business in the ring on May 7 to make it happen."