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Lacy gets challenge, still wins

By JOHN C. COTEY, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 31, 2002

Jeff Lacy said he was growing tired of the easy knockout wins and wanted a challenge, and Saturday night he got one.

St. Petersburg's Lacy not only had to go past the third round for the first time in his pro career, but Bobby Jones made him go the distance before Lacy scored a unanimous 10-round super-middleweight decision victory in Concho, Okla..

The 35-year-old Jones (13-4) withstood early pressure and survived a big left hook that wobbled him in the first round. Fighting back with an effective jab, Jones fought on even terms the rest of the way.

In the fourth round, Lacy (9-0, eight knockouts) said he injured both hands. He still pounded Jones and nearly closed Jones' eyes before scoring a 96-94, 97-93, 97-93 decision.

"(We) are extremely happy," Main Events matchmaker Carl Moretti said. "We'd take three of these. He learned more tonight than he had in his previous eight fights."

Lacy will have his hands examined on Monday.

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