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Long wait is over for Peterson

Peterson and Jean face off
Peterson and Jean face off
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It will be 8 months since Lamont Peterson fought a professional prize fight. It was back in May and he lost for the second time in his career. That much time between fights has people forgetting that Peterson is a world champion. He holds the International Boxing Federation Light Welterweight Belt and he will be defending it on Saturday January 25 at the Washington DC Armory against a fighter from Canada by way of Haiti, by the name of Dierry Jean.

The fight will be shown on Showtime as the main event. Peterson, (31-2-1, 16 KO’s), will be fighting his 3rd fight in his last 4 fights in his home town of Washington, DC. Peterson thinks this was one of his best training camps, “This was a better camp overall for me. My body is in better condition.” Jean and Peterson met for the first time for some Showtime photos. “It was pretty cool meeting Jean for the first time at the Showtime shoot. We didn't say anything to each other. No words. We did face off and that was it.”

Jean, (25-0, 17 KO’s), does not seem to have any issues of fighting Peterson in his back yard. Jean says, “We have bought 100 ring side tickets. We are doing everything as if we are home. We are not here as tourists. Look, I am here to bring the belt back. Washington, DC is a nice city. The people have been hospitable. I have met Lamont, but nothing has changed.”

The co-feature, also shown on Showtime, will pit Jermell Charlo, (22-0, 11 KO’s) against Gabriel Rosado, (21-7, 13 KO’s) in a 10 round bout in the Jr. Middleweight division. Lamont’s brother Anthony will not fight on this card as earlier reported. The live Showtime telecast begins at 9 pm ET. Please subscribe and follow Peterson and the other up and coming professional and amateur fighters competing in Washington, DC