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.”
Lucas Matthysse’s reputation as a hard-hitting fighter is well-earned – he is 33-2 with 31 knockouts. That’s a knockout ratio of 86 percent.
Lamont Peterson knows all about Matthysse, so he realizes that when he squares off with him next Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (on Showtime), he’ll be in the fire.
“I’m not worried about Matthysse,” said Peterson, of Washington D.C. “I’ve known him for a while. He’s a strong guy. He’s going to bring it all night, pretty much the way I like it to be, and it’s going to be a great fight.
“Everyone keeps asking me about his punching power. I know what I signed up for. I realize I’m going to get hit in the face. But I will be hitting him back.”
Peterson, 29, is 31-1-1 with 16 knockouts. Matthysse is 30.
The card is being staged by Golden Boy Promotions. The co-feature will see Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) of St. Louis defending his welterweight belt against Lee Purdy (20-3-1, 13 KOs) of England.