International Boxing Federation Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont Peterson defends his crown against unbeaten Canadian Dierry Jean, live on Showtime Championship Boxing on January 25 at the D C Armory in Washington, DC. Jean is the mandatory challenger for Peterson’s belt and comes to DC with a record of 25-0 and 17 KO’s and no fear of facing the champion in his home town. “Peterson has been in the ring with many good fighters, but he has not been in there with me,” said Jean. “I've worked hard for this for a long time. I have already started training camp and I’m in great shape. I just want to bring that belt back home to Quebec, where it belongs.”
Peterson’s last fight was a loss to Lucas Matthysse in stunning fashion back in May and is anxious to fight again. “Losing is part of boxing. I am ready to defend my belt in my hometown. Fights like this bring out the best in me and I’m going to give my fans a performance to remember on January 25. This is a great way to kick off 2014 with a great fight against a tough opponent.” Prior to the Matthysse lost, Peterson, 31-2-1, 16 KO’s, defeated Amir Khan to win the title and beat Kendall Holt. Both fights took place in Washington, DC. The Matthysse fight was not for Peterson’s IBF title.
Jean is originally from Haiti and moved to Canada as a child. He won the National Amateur championship before turning pro in 2006 and has been perfect as a pro. He won the NABF title in 2012 with a win over Lanardo Tyner. In May of 2013, Jean defeated Cleotis Pendarvis in the IBF title eliminator to become Peterson’s mandatory challenger.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer is very excited to come back to DC and put on a show with Peterson, 29. “Lamont Peterson is a fan favorite in DC and I give him credit for risking his belt against a tough, unbeaten fighter in Dierry Jean. January 25 will be a night you don’t want to miss.” Please subscribe and follow champions like Peterson representing the Nation’s Capital.