Unbeaten Lacy Outpoints Sheika

04.12.04 - Lacy (18-0, 14 KOs), of Tampa, Fla. triumphed by the scores of 117-111 and 115-113 twice, but there was never a moment when he could relax. Lacy shook and staggered the game Sheika on a few occasions, but could not put him down. The unbeaten youngster became the first 2000 Olympian to win a world title when he captured the vacant IBF crown with an eighth round TKO over No. 1 contender Syd Vanderpool on Oct. 2, 2004, on SHOWTIME..

Sheika (26-7, 17 KOs), of Patterson, N.J. gave his best but it was not quite enough to prevent him from falling to 0-3 in world title bouts. Sheika continually fought back in the slugfest and split Lacy's lower lip in the middle rounds. In the 2nd round, Sheika hurt Lacy with a big right hand, and then landed a series of punches while Lacy was pinned against the ropes. However, Lacy, 27, used his far superior power take the fight to Sheika and gain the advantage by wearing him down with heavy punches during the last half of the fight.

Article posted on 04.12.2004

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