It is a “Homecoming” for former super middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (24-2, 17 KOs) as he continues his comeback this Friday at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida against “The Next Great Champ” winner Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (19-4-2, 7 KOs). This is the return to the ring for Lacy coming off his hard fought decision loss to Jermain Taylor in November 2008 and his first fight in the bay area in nearly three years since a capacity crowd witnessed his thrilling knockout of Robin Reid at the St. Pete Times Forum on August 6, 2005. “I wanted my first fight back to be right here in Tampa,” said the St. Pete native. “It really don’t matter who I fight, I’m just looking to get back in action!” Looking ahead, Lacy has talked about a cross-state showdown with Pensacola’s own Roy Jones Jr. “The Jones fight would be a huge fight for Florida,” observed Lacy. Lacy had called out Orlando native Antonio Tarver but Tarver refused the fight. “His head is lost in the clouds,” explained Lacy.
“Homecoming” is presented by Left Hook Promotions in association with One Punch Productions, and features several Tampa Bay area notables on the undercard, including undefeated St. Pete featherweight Kermit “Bazooka” Gonzalez (6-0-1, 3 KOs) who faces undefeated Derrick Wilson (4-0, 1 KO) plus heavyweight Lenroy “TNT” Thomas (11-1, 7 KOs) – originally from Jamaica and now fighting out of St. Petersburg – against veteran Wes Taylor (7-12-1, 7 KOs). Also in action are Sarasota light heavyweight brawler Adam Jaco (4-2-1), undefeated welterweight Said El Harrak (3-0, 1 KO), plus Tampa featherweight female sensation Adawirky Lopez (3-1).
Doors open at 7pm and the action starts at 8pm. Tickets are priced at $18.50, $40, $85, $135, and there are a limited number of $200 Platinum Ringside seats. Tickets are available at the USF Sun Dome box office. VIP packages are available by calling 813-503-8109.