BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA (December 1, 2013) Former world champion Jeff “LEFT HOOK” Lacy returned to action following an almost three year layoff with a third round knockout of Martin Verdin at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The stoppage improving Lacy’s record to 26-4-0 (18KO’s) came at the 1:19 mark of the third stanza as Verdin’s corner advised the referee to stop the fight in the scheduled eight round light heavyweight clash.
The full fight video can be viewed at the link below:
Utilizing a full array of his arsenal including his vaunted left hook, Lacy was satisfied with his victory.
“It felt great to be back under the lights and fighting in front of a crowd,” said Lacy of the packed house at the World Fighting Championship’s promotion.
“There was some rust but that was to be expected, but I’m 100% healthy and I’m happy with my timing and my ability to put punches together in space.”
About his future Lacy stated, “I’ve got a plan to follow towards becoming a world champion again. Give me one or two more fights at this level than I’ll be ready for a top 20 guy.”
Lacy’s return was contested at the light heavyweight limit but the 2004 U.S. Olympian indicated a return to the super middleweight division would be in his future.
With the loss, veteran Verdin moved to 20-17-2 (11 KOs).