By Wyatt Johnston
At the St. Pete Times Arena in Tampa, Florida, Jeff Lacy demolished tough Robin Reid in seven rounds. Lacy got off to a quick start and kept up his usual aggressive pace throughout each round of the IBF super middleweigh title fight. Reid continously fouled Lacy throughout the fight and had a point deducted in round five for headbutting. Just as referee Jorge Alonso called for a break to announce the point deduction, Reid pulled away with his hands down and Lacy caught him with a looping right hand that put Reid down for the first time in his career. Certainly Reid will claim that was ahometown ruling. Lacy put Reid down with a combination for the second time towards the end of the same round. Lacy continued his assault and put Reid down for the third time in the sixth, and Reid went into retreat. Reid was deducted another point in round seven for holding and then Lacy put him down for the fourth and final time when he caught Reid with three or four uppercuts in a row. Reid beat the count but his trainer Brian Hughes stopped the fight after the round ended in the corner. Reid foolishly gave Lacy no credit at all during his post fight interview, claiming he was hit on the back of his neck and fouled by Lacy even though he did a great deal of fouling himself. Lacy, who will move up to #2 in Boxingtalk ratings at super middleweight, will now look to a super fight with WBO titleholder and Boxingtalk #1 Joe Calzaghe, hopefully on November 5th. Overall, Lacy showed tremendous power, speed, and accuracy in knocking down Reid four times when he had never been down in 43 previous pro fights, which includes twelve rounders against Sven Ottke, Silvio Branco and Calzaghe. Lacy is now 20-0.