It’s strange, the more I hear about the Nick Diaz going to boxing story, the less likely I think it is that he’s actually gonna go. That’s despite the fact that he’s now got some boxers sniffing around the fight. Nick’s original choice Fernando Vargas is out of the running due to some unspecified medical issue. It wouldn’t surprise anyone if it turned out his brain was scrambled, which tells you what level of opponent Diaz and his management are aiming for. And on that note, Jeff Lacy is down:
“Honestly, I was a little stunned. Nick has accomplished a great deal in mixed martial arts and is certainly one of the best in the sport. But getting in the ring with me for a boxing match is a path he needs to be very wary of taking. I’m willing to put it all on the line anytime, anywhere!” said the St. Petersburg resident.
“For the right price, I’m more than interested in heading to his turf and put my fist in his mouth and silencing him.”
On the plus side, Lacy is only ‘washed up’ as opposed to ‘medically unfit’ like Vargas. But hey, why call out these old news has beens when you can take on one of the best?
Lou DiBella told Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole that response from MMA fans via email and Twitter about the possibility of a Sergio Martinez-Diaz fight has been overwhelming. DiBella has embarked on a fact-finding mission to see if he can really match his star middleweight champ against Diaz.
Why would a top three pound-for-pound boxer waste his time fighting someone like Diaz, with little professional boxing experience? Sadly, DiBella can’t find Martinez (47-2, 26 KOs) a top-notch opponent or a network to take the fight.
Yep, you read correctly: Martinez shuffles between 2nd and 3rd place on many boxing pound for pound lists alongside Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Too bad the dude can’t get a fight on television. Haha, boxing sucks so hard. And that’s why I don’t think this whole Nick Diaz boxing thing is going to pan out. The hard suck of boxing is so established it’s almost an elemental law like gravity. Nick boxing would be kinda cool, and therefore it simply cannot happen.
If it ain’t the fighters being greedy or the networks being stuffy, it’ll be Zuffa saying no. Yeah, I know Nick’s apparently got some sort of special permission written into his contract with Strikeforce, but I’d be amazed if there weren’t at least a few conditions in there that protect the promotion from Diaz being Diaz and running off with no strings attached.