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After a slow start, Peterson retains his title

Peterson and Jean face off
Peterson and Jean face off
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After a slow start, Lamont Peterson, (32-2-1), shook off some rust from 8 months of inactivity in the ring and proceeded to dominate Dierry Jean with some devastating body shots, a stiff jab and a lot of combinations and won a unanimous decision to retain his International Boxing Federation Light Welterweight Championship at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Jean came into Peterson’s home town and bought a bunch of ring side seats for his fans and they were loud from the opening introductions.

Jean, (25-1), did not seem to be in awe of Peterson or the big crowd of 5668 who cheered on every move Peterson made and the chant of “DC, DC, DC”, rang out loud and clear, from the 4th round on. From the slow start, Peterson felt like his experience in big fights would finally wear on Jean who was getting his first title shot on worldwide Showtime Boxing. “I knew the big stage would get to Jean. He said it wouldn't bother him, but it had to. I took my time and the pressure I put on him began to take it’s told, said Peterson. Jean agreed, through an interpreter, “I think his experience was a big factor. I gave it my all and I am not ashamed that I did not win”

Peterson’s best round was the 5th. He was in complete control of the action from the opening bell. Some of the body shots seem to hurt Jean and certainly showed him down. Peterson’s body language showed that he had figured out Jean and that Jean’s punches had no affect what so ever. From the 6 round to the 12th, Peterson put on a workman like performance. He kept Jean in front of him and the constant Peterson pressure gave no breathing room for the Canadian fighter. Peterson has now won his last 3 fights in his home town and said, “I wish I could fight all of my fights here.” He then thanked the crowd. Peterson said, “I want to be known as the best fighter at 140 pounds and that means I have no interest if moving up to welterweight.” Peterson can relax for a bit and hopefully not wait 8 months to give his fans another great performance like this one. Please subscribe and see what Lamont Peterson has in store for his fans in Washington, DC.