2004-12-04 Jeff Lacy w pts 12 Omar Sheika, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF

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2004-12-04 Jeff Lacy w pts 12 Omar Sheika, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Tony Weeks. Scorecards: 115-113, 117-111, 115-113. Making his first defence, Lacy (168) was shocked in the opening two sessions when being staggered by lefts and rights before getting back on course. For several rounds the crafty Sheika (166) made life difficult for Lacy, who was trying to overpower his rival without success. Lacy always had his nose in front, but it was not easy as Sheika took his best punches before coming back with some of his own. By the ninth, however, Lacy’s extra power was beginning to tell and he continued to land thudding blows that would have dropped a lot of fighters other than Sheika, who bravely stuck to the task right until the final bell.