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St. Pete boxer Lacy eyes comeback after lengthy layoff


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ST. PETERSBURG - Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy says he is not done. Not by a long shot, though many might consider him one.

Yes, the former IBF super middle weight world champion is 36 years old, and yes, he lost three of his past four fights, the last by a unanimous decision to journeyman Dhafir Smith in December 2010.

But "No," Lacy insisted in a Wednesday news conference announcing his return to the ring, he has not lost "it."

"The date for my next fight has been set - it is Aug. 24," said a fit-looking Lacy, flanked by his new promoters from "One Punch Promotions."

The place? "Right here at home in St. Petersburg," Lacy said.

The opponent? Yet to be determined.

"We're very close to getting (the opponent) set," said one of Lacy's new managers, Nick Sityar. "It's going to happen. No doubt about that. Jeff Lacy is back!"

Lacy (25-4-1) said after his loss to Roy Jones Jr. in 2009 he had to do some soul searching and that he needed some time off to regain some focus.

"I had to come back to reality," said Lacy, who added that the rotator cuff he tore in 2006 is finally healed "100 percent."

Lacy added that the recent world light heavyweight title captured by 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins had nothing to do with his comeback.

"This is about me," Lacy said. "I'm an action man and I'm ready to take action. . I know some people will say, '(Lacy) is a has-been,' but I'm going to prove I'm still a man of action."

In January 2011, Lacy, on top of physical and mental struggles in the ring, also had to endure the loss of his brother, Hydra Lacy Jr., who police say fatally shot two St. Petersburg police officers and wounded another deputy in a shootout. Hydra Lacy died in the shootout.

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