07.08.05 - By Jim Amato:Jeff Lacy sealed the deal when he halted a dead game Robin Reid. Reid was down four times and it will into the record books as a seventh round triumph for the undefeated Lacy who moves to 20-0. Now the stage has been set for Lacy, the IBF champ to meet long time WBO titleholder Joe Calzaghe in November. This is a fine match up and a long overdue chance for world wide recognition and respect for Calzaghe who will bring a 39-0 record to the table.
At times it seemed the Calzaghe of Wales was on the verge of a super fight. Bernard Hopkins was rumored to be moving up to 168 to challenge Joe. Then Joe was considering bumping up to 175 to meet then champion Roy Jones Jr. These fights never materialized for Joe. This time it looks very promising for Joe that this fight will come off.
Calzaghe is a quick handed boxer and a sharp puncher but he may be a few years past his prime. Lacy may be among the strongest boxers pound for pound in the world today. He is a heavy fisted, punishing fighter who just breaks opponents down. He is still a work in progress though and the seasoned Calzaghe could pose some serious problems for him.
I like Lacy. I feel he has the tools to become a first rate champion. This will be a great test for him. I respect Joe Calzaghe and his ring accomplishments thus far in his career. I just believe that Lacy is entering the beginning of his prime and will prove to be too powerful for an aging Calzaghe. Still I expect this to be an exciting fight and I'm looking forward to seeing it.