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What they're saying

Compiled from staff and wire reports
Published March 4, 2006


"Lacy wins this one and unifies the IBF and WBO titles."

- Carlos Arias, Orange County Register

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"Lacy has never scowled more. He looks mean, nasty, ready. Calzaghe seems happy to be here. When he cracked a smile and laughed at the weigh-in, that convinced me: Lacy by stoppage inside of 10, probably by 6."

- John C. Cotey, St. Petersburg Times

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"Lacy by close, but thoroughly deserved decision; too sharp, too hungry, too aggressive. Right place, right time for the IBF champion."

- Mark Butcher, secondsout.com

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"Both guys show respect early. Each guy gets hit. But it's all about whiskers. Lacy KO 6."

- Nick Charles, Showtime

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"Biggest challenge to date for each fighter. Site advantage for Calzaghe, but everything else favors Lacy. Both guys get their whiskers tested here, Lacy proving to be the harder hitter. Lacy by late KO."

- Dave Cokin, ESPN Radio-Las Vegas

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"I like Lacy in the fight eighth-round TKO."

- Tim Dahlberg, Associated Press

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"This fight is going to be short, violent, and memorable. Don't be surprised if Lacy and Calzaghe clash in ring center from the start. Don't be surprised if the winner has to rise from the floor. And don't be surprised if the end comes via spectacular knockout. Lacy by count-out KO in the third."

- Steve Farhood, Showtime

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"Calzaghe by majority decision. He does just enough to win."

- Dan Hirshberg, Trentonian

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"Lacy by 10th-round stoppage."

- Michael Katz, thesweetscience.com

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"This is a great contrast of styles. I think Calzaghe's speed and movement will trouble Lacy early on. But after some rough waters, I think Lacy wins a close, exciting fight by decision."

- Steve Kim, Maxboxing.com

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"Lacy by midfight KO."

- Tony Paige, WFAN Radio

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"Calzaghe on points. He will box cagey to stay clear of the Lacy left hook."

- Jeff Powell, Daily Mail