Lamont Peterson will begin his 2014 campaign at home when he defends his junior welterweight belt against Dierry Jean of Canada at DC Armory in Peterson’s native Washington D.C. (on Showtime).
It will be Peterson’s first fight since he was stopped in the third round by Lucas Matthysse in May at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. However, Peterson kept his belt because it was not on the table.
Peterson, 29, is 31-2-1 with 16 knockouts. Jean, 31, is 25-0 with 17 knockouts.
Peterson is stoked to be fighting in his backyard.
“This is a perfect way for me to kick off 2014, with a great fight against a tough opponent in my hometown,” he said.
Jean aims to spoil Peterson’s homecoming.
“Peterson has been in the ring with many good fighters, but he hasn’t been in the ring with me,” Jean said. “I’ve worked hard for this for a long time. I have already started training camp and I’m in great shape.”
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).
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.”