Cleotis Pendarvis stopped by Dierry Jean in the 4th round

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).

 

 

 

 

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Cleotis Pendarvis eyes career-defining fight

Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis of Long Beach via Los Angeles and Dierry Jean of Canada have something in common – both will be in the biggest fight of their respective careers when they square off Friday in a junior welterweight title-elimination fight at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla. (on Showtime).

“Win, and I get a shot at the world championship,” said Pendarvis, a 26-year-old southpaw. “It doesn’t matter against whom. It’s as simple as that. I’ve put in the work and I’m ready to go.”

Pendarvis (17-3-2, 6 KOs) spoke in confident tones at Thursday’s final news conference, even though Jean is 24-0 with 16 knockouts.

“I’m ready to prove myself,” Pendarvis said. “I truly believe in myself. He’s got the undefeated record, but I’ve fought better than he has and have more skills than the guys he’s fought.”

Jean, 31, has fought all but one of his bouts in Canada.

“I can’t lie, this is the biggest fight of my career,” Jean said. “I’m very excited and totally prepared for this opportunity.”

Jean intimated he understands that Pendarvis, a southpaw with a low knockout ratio, will likely present a crafty foe.

“Pendarvis is a slick guy,” Jean said, “but I can fight any style.”

 

 

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Cleotis Pendarvis of Los Angeles will take on undefeated Dierry Jean of Canada in the junior welterweight main event Friday from Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla. (on Showtime).

The left-handed Pendarvis (17-3-2, 6 KOs), who is 26, is on a six-fight winning streak and in his most recent bout he stopped Michael Clark after five rounds.

Jean, 31, is 24-0 with 16 knockouts.

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