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Big time boxing returns to Washington DC this Saturday (January 25th) when hometown native Lamont Peterson (31-2-1) defends his IBF Light Welterweight crown against unbeaten mandatory challenger Dierry Jean (25-0) at the DC Amory Arena in a show promoted by Golden Boy.
Peterson, 29, won both the IBF and WBA Light Welterweight titles back in 2011 with a controversial split decision win over Amir Khan in a fight which saw the Brit deducted two points for repeatedly pushing his American counterpart. Controversy continued to surround the fighter when in May 2012 he tested positive for synthetic testosterone in the run up to his rematch with Khan. Peterson later admitted that the procedure was carried out in November, meaning the testosterone capsules were in his body prior to his first fight with Khan which saw the former Olympic silver medallist reinstated by the WBA.
Bookmakers William Hill have Lamont Peterson the favourite at 4/7 while Dierry Jean is 11/8 against, a draw is 20/1.
The IBF, however, kept Peterson as their champion, and he defended his belt against Kendall Holt after overcoming a sluggish start to drop and stop the challenger in the 8th round in February last year.
Just three months later Peterson was blitzed in three rounds by hard hitting Argentine Lucas Matthysse in a catchweight bout set 1lb over the Light Welterweight limit, meaning Peterson was again able to keep his title.
In contrast, Dierry Jean has dominated every opponent to date with relative ease, albeit in a lower class. Born in Haiti, Jean moved to Quebec, Canada aged ten and won the Canadian National Championships in 2006 before turning professional. Jean won both the NABF and NABA Light Welterweight titles in 2012, but his best win to date is likely Cleotis Pendarvis which speaks volumes about the class he has mixed in so far.
Nevertheless, the 31 year old certainly has both the talent and style to cause the champion plenty of problems. A slick, hard-to-hit-clean boxer, Jean has power in either hand. He has stopped 17 of his 25 opponents, favouring the lead straight right hand and vicious, leaping uppercuts with either fist. He is quick of both hand and foot and yet is patient in his build up, looking for mistakes before firing home his power shots. The worry is that he is untested at this level. Peterson is a relentless come forward pressure fighter who will look to get inside and fire off combinations to the body before dragging his wide hooks upstairs. Jean has a good jab, but he often carries his left hand very low which Peterson can exploit as the fight goes on.
Jean was cut over the right eye in the Pendarvis fight, his third cut in his last four fights, and Peterson’s cuffing blows could again cause the unbeaten man facial damage. But Peterson is often a slow starter. It took him four rounds to get into the Holt fight, and he has hit the canvas against Khan, Timothy Bradley, twice against Victor Ortiz, and three times in the Matthysse fight, all before the fourth round. Jean’s slippery style could frustrate Peterson early on as he looks to impress his home fans, and he may well walk on to a Jean straight right hand which will likely trouble the champion. Peterson will claw his way back into the contest as the fight progresses, but the tip here is for Jean to outlast the champion and secure a tight points victory.
On the undercard, one half of the talented Charlo twins will take a huge step up in class when Jermell (22-0) takes on the hard man Gabriel Rosado (21-7) in a 10 rounder. Big things are expected from both Charlo brothers, and Jermell can go some way to proving the hype with a win over the former world title challenger. Comfortable boxing both on the front and back foot, Charlo possess a nice solid jab which he compliments with a right hand over the top. Defensively sound so far, he has decent speed and good, if unspectacular, power.
But one gets the feeling that Rosado will simply be too much for the 23 year old to handle. Rosado is a better fighter than the one that Afredo Angulo stopped in 2009, and his toughness cannot be brought into question. He lasted seven rounds against pound for pound hitter Gennady Golovkin last year only for his corner to throw in the towel, and was stopped by a cut in the 10th round when challenging Peter Quillin. Up until that time, Rosado had given the WBO Middleweight champion all he could handle, regardless of the baffling scorecards, climbing off the floor in the second round to wobble the unbeaten fighter in the fourth.
Charlo will attempt to box on the retreat, but it is unlikely he will earn Rosado’s respect. Expect the Philadelphian to muscle his way inside and drag Charlo into a brawl and out hustle his younger opponent over the distance.
Lamont Peterson vs. Dierry Jean is live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch 546) this Sunday at 2am. Visit www.boxnation.com to subscribe.
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