LAMONT PETERSON VS. DIERRY JEAN SET FOR JAN. 25TH
Press Release: On Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, IBF 140-pound titlist Lamont "Havoc" Peterson will make a hometown title defense in Washington D.C. against Montreal's unbeaten Dierry Jean. [The true world champion in the 140-pound division is Danny Garcia who beat Lucas Matthysse, the man who beat Petersen]. The co-feature at the DC Armory will see middleweight Jermell "Iron Man" Charlo risking his undefeated record against Gabriel "King" Rosado. Showtime Championship Boxing will televise. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Dec. 17th at 10 a.m. ET at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
"This is the perfect way for me to kick off 2014, with a great fight against a tough opponent in my hometown," said Peterson. "Fights like these bring out the best in me and I'm going to give my fans a performance to remember on Jan. 25th."
"Peterson has been in the ring with many good fighters, but he hasn't been in the ring 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 home to Quebec, where it belongs."
Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KOs) will begin 2014 determined to defeat Dierry Jean and then continue on to battle his peers at the top of the 140-pound weight class. With his two most recent victories coming over Amir Khan [very controversially] and Kendall Holt, the 29-year-old will be in his first fight since a May 2013 [over-the-weight] loss to Lucas Matthysse that allowed him to keep his title despite the loss.
A native of Haiti who moved with his family to Montreal, Quebec, Canada as a child, Jean (25-0, 17 KOs) has proudly represented his adopted home country, winning a national amateur championship before turning pro in 2006. Since then, his professional record has been perfect, and after beating Lanardo Tyner in May 2013, Jean defeated Cleotis Pendarvis in the IBF title eliminator to become Peterson's mandatory challenger.
At just 23-years old, former amateur star Jermell Charlo (22-0, 11 KOs) has shown a mix of speed and power. In 2013, he triumphed three times, defeating Harry Joe Yorgey (KO8), Demetrius Hopkins (W12), and Jose Angel Rodriguez (TKO10).
A Philadelphia fighter in the truest sense, "King" Gabriel Rosado (21-7, 13 KO's) is always willing to dig deep and battle it out in the trenches in search of victory. A veteran of nearly eight years in the pro game, the 27-year-old Rosado impressed with his gutsy efforts in recent middleweight title fights against Gennady Golovkin and Peter Quillin. On Jan. 25th, he returns to 154 pounds, eager to prove that he's worthy of another world title opportunity. [He was cut badly in his loss against Quillin in late October, which indicates his cut may not have time to properly heal].
"I've waited for a big fight like this against a top-level opponent and now I've got it," said Charlo. "Rosado is a rugged, tough fighter and with a win over him, I'll be making a statement to the boxing world that I'm ready for even bigger and better things."
"I wanted another world title shot after my fight with Peter Quillin, but with that rematch not happening right now, I want to stay busy and keep sharp until my time comes," said Rosado. "Charlo's got talent, but he's not ready to face someone with as much experience as I have. I am ready to go after my recent fight with Quillin."