Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis of Long Beach via Los Angeles on Friday was stopped by Dierry Jean of Canada in the fourth round of their junior welterweight title-elimination fight from Miami, Okla. (The bout was televised by Showtime).
It was the biggest fight in the respective careers of both fighters, as the winner would become the mandatory challenge to champion Lamont Peterson. (Peterson is fighting Lucas Matthysse on May 18 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (on Showtime), but at a catch-weight of 141 pounds, one over the junior welterweight limit. That means Peterson’s title won’t be on the line there).
Pendarvis (17-4-2) was decked twice in the fourth round by Jean (25-0, 17 KOs).