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St. Petersburg's Lacy set to fight in Vegas

TAMPA — Jeff Lacy fans, mark May 31 on the calendar.

The St. Petersburg resident is scheduled to return to the ring on the undercard of the Shane Mosley-Zab Judah pay-per-view card in Las Vegas.

It will be Lacy's second fight since returning from a torn rotator cuff. He says training has been strong, and he feels as if his left shoulder is much closer to normal than it was in his lackluster victory over Peter Manfredo.

"Everything feels good, better than ever, actually," the super-middleweight, 30, said. "We've been training real hard, and it's going to be an exciting fight."

Stacked division: As the light heavyweight division continues to get an infusion of established but aging talent, it makes Showtime's Al Bernstein excited but cautious.

"There are definitely a lot of big names fighting at light heavyweight right now and a lot of good matchups to be made over the next couple of years," Bernstein said. "But there's a question of how long will many of these guys be sticking around."

Chad Dawson represents the future of the division at age 25, but the top competition in the division is no younger than 35. The latest entrant, former heavyweight champion Chris Byrd, is 37.

"You would've definitely liked to have seen Dawson in this division a few years earlier," Bernstein said. "There would have been a lot of good fights and opportunities to make big purses."

The most anticipated fight in the division will happen Saturday as the sport's elder statesman, Bernard Hopkins, battles undefeated Joe Calzaghe in Las Vegas.

It's an intriguing clash of styles, and Bernstein wonders if Hopkins can keep up with Calzaghe's high-punch output.

"I like Calzaghe because he throws so many punches," Bernstein said. "But Hopkins knows how to make guys fight his type of fight. So if Calzaghe stops punching or gets caught in a bunch of mental games, it will be a different fight."

Undercard results: England's Danny Williams, best known for knocking out Mike Tyson during one of his comeback fights, won an easy decision over heavyweight journeyman Marcus McGee.

Williams parlayed his victory over Tyson into a world championship fight against Vitali Klitschko in 2004 and suffered a brutal TKO loss.

Laura Ramsey, a super-middleweight from Lake Wales, and 2004 Olympic bantamweight gold medalist Yan Barthelemy won their respective fights by unanimous decisions.

Title fights: Miguel Cotto (32-0) battered Alfonso Gomez for five rounds to keep the WBA welterweight title in Atlantic City, N.J. Cotto set up a fight with new IBF champ Antonio Margarito (36-5), who dominated Kermit Cintron (29-2), knocking him out in the sixth round.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

St. Petersburg's Lacy set to fight in Vegas 04/12/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:32am]
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