Lamont Peterson vs Dierry Jean Preview January 25
Lamont Peterson will be attempting to defend his IBF Junior Welterweight crown in his hometown of Washington D.C. on Saturday, January 25 when he takes on undefeated mandatory challenger Dierry Jean of Montreal, Canada. The 12-round bout from the D.C. Armory can be seen in America on the Showtime network while Canadian fans can catch it on the Super Channel platform.
The 29-year-old Peterson enters the ring with a record of 31-2 with 16 Kos while Jean, who was born in Haiti, is 25-0 along with 17 Kos to his name. Peterson stands 5-foot-9 inches tall with a 74-inch reach while Jean is two inches shorter at 5-foot-7. Jean has won his last three bouts by knockout while Peterson is looking to get back on track after being stopped by Lucas Mattyhsse of Argentina in the third round eight months ago.
Jean is probably hoping that Peterson is now a damaged fighter who could be a little bit gun shy and is planning on taking advantage of the situation. However, Peterson has waved off those rumours and says he’s ready to show the boxing world that he’s still a worthy champion and one of the best 140 lb. boxers out there. Fighting in his hometown should also be a big boost for him since he’s won all four of his fights in Washington D.C.
This should be a pretty entertaining fight due to the styles of the two boxers. Jean has pretty good power and likes to take the initiative once the bell rings. He’s got good hand speed to go with it and has a pretty solid chin. His best bet is to go after Peterson early to see how the champion reacts when getting tagged. If there are any effects from Peterson’s loss to Matthysse they might show up early on. The champion is usually more than willing to engage in slugfests, but his chin and legs may not be the same they once were.
Peterson has a lot of experience with top opponents such as Matthysse, Timothy Bradley, Victor Ortiz, Kendall Holt and Amir Khan so Jean won’t be brining anything to the ring that he hasn’t seen before. Peterson’s only other loss was a unanimous decision to Bradley back in 2009. Jean, who turned pro back in 2006 is the NABF title holder and has fought most of his bouts in Canada. This is definitely a step up in class for the Haitian/Canadian as he hasn’t really met any top-10 contenders up to now. In fact it’s hard to find a recognizable name on his list of opponents.
Dierry Jean’s name doesn’t carry much weight on the international boxing scene and this bout has basically been made because he’s the mandatory challenger for Peterson’s belt. But after being brutally stopped by Matthysse in his last bout, this is the type of opponent Peterson needs to regain his confidence. However, he can’t take Jean lightly since he’s a good boxer with powerful fists. Peterson needs to box his usual style and not be too cautious. If his chin and legs can take Jean’s hardest shots then he should be able to keep his title, likely by a decision.
Sportsbook 5dimes.eu has the latest odds of a Jean win at +115 and a Peterson victory at -135. Visit 5Dimes.eu to see up to date odds and to bet on this fight. You should also check out our recent boxing betting predictions to see how we’ve done of late capping the fights.