A ‘Hook City’ Preview

By Francis Walker, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: August 13, 2009

NEW YORK (BASN) — Former Undisputed World Light-Heavyweight Champion Roy Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) returns to the ring to meet former IBF super middleweight champion, Jeff Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs) on Saturday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi on Saturday, August 15.

“Jones vs. Lacy: Hook City” is a scheduled 12-round light-heavyweight attraction between to very likable, but faded champions. The bout will be aired exclusively on Pay-Per-View in North America beginning at 9 p.m, ET at a suggested retail of $34.95.

On paper, Jones vs. Lacy is a dynamic match-up. Jones’ speed, amazing quickness, and athleticism matched with Lacy’s explosive straight-forward aggression, power, and combination punching makes for a memorable fight.

However, both fighters are fighting to remain at the top of the sport, whoever loses should strongly consider retirement.

“I have watched Lacy throughout his career,” Jones said. “I know he will come to fight just as I will. We are both power punchers with both hands so this should make for a great match-up. There is going to be all these hooks, but on August 15, I, ‘Captain Hook’ will prove to be the better hooker.”

“I’ve been a fan of Roy Jones Jr. for a long time,” said Lacy. “He’s one of the great fighters and has challenged all fighters. Roy is still one of the most feared fighters in the game and like myself, loves to fight the best in the business. We both come to fight and that will make it one of the most exciting fights of the year. I’m looking forward to August 15.”

However, the reality is that Jones is no longer the fighter that once destroyed Vinny Pazienza, Montell Griffin, Richard Hall, Thulane Malinga, Antwun Byrd, amongst others… Lacy is not the same fighter that bulldozed through the opposition prior to getting pummeled by Joe Calzaghe.

Instead, this fight between two very nice and humane individuals is literally a match-up between two badly faded fighters that are on a downward spiral. Jones is 40 and Lacy, although 32 are far from the fighters they were in their prime.

Remember, Jones hasn’t been the same fighter since he was KO’d by Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson in consecutive fights in 2004. Obviously, Jones has become increasingly conscious of punching himself out or getting tagged with a big shot.

His wins against Felix Trinidad, Anthony Hanshaw, Prince Badi Amaju, and Omar Sheika were against limited and faded opposition. Lacy is still a quality name, but he is strongly considered another faded opponent for Jones. Similar to the way Trinidad was used as an opponent.

Plus, Jones, in November 2008, was battered and bloodied through eleven or the twelve rounds he fought against Calzaghe. Jones did knock Calzaghe down in the first round, but an apprehensive Jones allowed Calzaghe to fight his way back and pummel him for a unanimous decision.

Since losing to Calzaghe, Lacy has struggled and appeared as though he is a one-armed fighter. Lacy was almost stopped by Epifano Mendoza and Jermain Taylor could have stopped him, but lacked explosiveness.

Anything can happen when you have two fading and struggling fighters meet. But Roy has all of the crucial advantages and should win. Jones, even though he is older, still has good reflexes and is in good shape.

Jones can still put punches together, but he paces himself more He has the height and reach advantage. Jones, although more calculated, is more explosive than Lacy, who will be competing in his first light-heavyweight bout.

Plus, Lacy is having difficulty using his once reputable and highly lethal “Left Hook” effectively. In fact, Lacy’s “Left Hook,” which was a lethal weapon, has not been seen since he was blown away by Calzaghe in March 2006.

Since then Lacy has had surgeries on his left shoulder and has lost a considerable of time training and as an active fighter.

Danny Green featured Hook City undercard

Popular Australian Danny “Green Machine” Green (26-2, 23 KOs) will be featured on the televised portion of the “Jones vs. Lacy: Hook City” undercard. Should Green defeat South American Julio Cesar Dominguez (20-4-1, 14 KOs), there is talk of a fight between Green and Jones, should he defeat Lacy in the evening’s main event.

Green, an Olympian at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, was also a former contestant on Australia’s version of Dancing with the Stars. Green,a former WBC super middleweight champion and former WBA light-heavyweight champion, has never been stopped.

He lost twice to Marcus Beyer (once by disqualification and the second on points) and dropped a 12-round decision to Australian rival Anthony Mundine in what was one of the biggest fights in Australian boxing history in 2006.

After outpointing Stipe Drews in December 2007 to win the WBA 175-pound title, Green retired. He returned in April and scored a second round KO of Anthony Niekerk.

BJ Flores to appear on Hook City

Unbeaten cruiserweight contender BJ Flores continues his quest toward a world title fight. Appearing in perhaps the toughest bout of his career, Flores (23-0-1, 14 KOs) meets Epifano Mendoza (29-7-1, 25 KOs).

Flores, a former 1997 National Golden Gloves champion and 2001-02 U.S. National Champion, has fought professionally since May 2003. Following a four-round draw in only his fifth professional bout, Flores has won 19 consecutive bouts.

Mendoza, once competed as a junior welterweight, won his first 15 consecutive bouts by KO in Columbia (1999-2002) before knocking out Tokunbo Olajide in 30 seconds on a