Roy Jones Jr. vs Jeff Lacy Betting Line
By Brad Marchetti, Doghouse Boxing (Aug 15, 2009)  
Tonight Roy Jones Jr. will try to turn back the clock once again when he faces washed up former contender Jeff Lacy in a 10-rounder at 9 PM ET on pay-per-view. The 40-year old Jones, 53-5. 39 KO’s, is the #6 ranked light-heavyweight contender and Lacy, 25-2, 17 KO’s, will be fighting at light-heavyweight for the first time. The 32-year old Lacy was once touted as the second coming of Mike Tyson in the super-middleweight division but has been exposed in recent years as a plodding fighter that looked scarier than he actually was. Jones Jr. is still one of the fastest boxers in the sport at middle age but is not the same unbeatable pug that he was in the 1990’s. Jones Jr. is hoping to get a win to set up a big money fight against Danny Green. Lacy is on his last leg as a relevant contender and a loss could make him a journeyman in a NY minute. Roy Jones Jr. is a -500 favorite on the betting line over Jeff Lacy.

Roy Jones Jr. at age-40 is still a primo athletic specimen capable of unloading lightning quick punches. Roy’s chronic hand problems have made him more selective with his punches but he can still crack. Searing straight-rights and blitzing left hooks are still in Roy’s arsenal. From a mental perspective Jones Jr. diminished reflexes, legs, jab and self-confidence. Devastating KO losses to Glen Johnson and Antonio Tarver have made Roy a very cautious fighter that goes out of his way to protect his chin at all costs. Lacking a solid boxing foundation to stand on, Jones Jr.’s confidence in his reflexes to slip punches has waned. Roy now primarily relies on blocks to cover up instead of his legs or head movement but his defense is still very-good. The OVER\UNDER for the fight is at 9.5 rounds with the OVER at -175.

Lacy has been exposed since the beating he took from Joe Calzaghe two and half years ago. Most recently Lacy was wobbled and tagged easily by fringe contender Epifanio Mendoza who was a 10-1 underdog, and then Lacy was outclassed by top-10 contender Jermain Taylor in his last fight. Lacy has not shown the same inner fire since his loss to Calzaghe. Jeff had relied on intimidation and brute strength early in his career to carry him. After Calzaghe made his famous comments in the corner about Lacy's lack of power saying "He can't punch for shit!", other fighters have taken notice and are longer scared of "Left Hook" Lacy. For all of his flaws, however, Lacy is still a well-conditioned and powerful man that is experienced. Lacy has fought most of his career at 168 and will make the jump up 7 lbs. against Jones to 175 but he has the frame to carry the weight well. Lacy was known for his left hook early in his career but a shoulder injury has taken some steam out of his best punch. Lacy has a strong right cross and a stiff jab that are now his best weapons.



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