St. Petersburg's Jeff Lacy beat Epifanio Mendoza in a controversial decision Wednesday night. Lacy, a former Olympian and super middleweight world champion, edged Mendoza 95-95, 96-94 and 97-93 at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif.
Still trying to get back from a torn rotator cuff, Lacy was looking for a decisive victory.
"I felt like I did a marvelous job. I went out and beat a guy for 10 rounds," Lacy said. "He wants to argue after the decision. He should have did what he was supposed to do in the ring."
In the eighth round, Lacy (24-1 with 17 KOs) was close to going down when he stumbled forward and tackled Mendoza. That gave Lacy a breather and some time to recover, and he went on to survive the 10-rounder.
John C. Cotey, Times staff writer