Battle in The Armory: Peterson-Jean Preview
This Saturday, Golden Boy Promotions will putting on a good solid boxing card as Showtime will be televising directly from the DC Armory as they will have a pair of good fights from 4 boxers that are either trying to add a good name to their resume, recover from a loss in their last fight, or save their career altogether. Live, from Washington DC, Lamont Peterson re-enters the ring for the 1st time since his loss to Lucas Matthysse in May, to defend his IBF junior welterweight title against an undefeated Haitian fighter by way of Canada, Dierry Jean. Also on the same card, Gabriel Rosado will try to get his 1st win since 2012 as he will face the young undefeated fighter out of Texas, Jermell Charlo.
Lamont Peterson comes in with a record of 32-2-1 with 16 KOs. He is coming off a fight against Lucas Matthysse in Atlantic City, in which he was stopped in round 3 after being knocked down 3 times. Before that he was on a good upward trend after wins against Amir Khan and Kendall Holt. After 8 months off, he hopes to have a good title defense and get back onto the track of facing a top fighter at the 140 lb division. For that to happen, he must avoid getting upset by a hungry fighter who is looking to put a big name on his resume, Dierry Jean.
Jean maybe 25-0 with 17 KOs, but he has not faced any top level competition thus far. His best opponent so far was his last fight against Cleotis Pendarvis. That alone should tell you how untested he has been so far in his 7 year career. He hopes to shock Peterson’s hometown crowd and come out of here with a win that would help his resume hold some type of weight. A loss here could send him back to the bottom of the totem pole, probably robbing him of any chance he has at another big time fight for a belt on network television.
I think Peterson will take care of business in front of his crowd, in his arena. Jean has shown pop against previous guys, but like I previously said, they were pretty much nobodies at the time he fought them. Peterson should be able to go back to his old style of getting in close, working the body and wearing down Jean. I don’t even see this going the distance as I’m going to pick Peterson to win by TKO in round 6. Jean’s only chance would be to catch and rock Peterson early and that is something that I just can’t see happening right now.
There has been a lot of trash talking on social media between Gabriel Rosado (21-7 with 13 KOs) and Jermell Charlo (22-0 with 11 KOs). Rosado is hoping to keep his career alive after losses to Peter Quillin and Gennady Golovkin, while Charlo is trying to enhance his career and, like Jean, get a big name on his resume after facing average competition so far. One thing about Rosado, he’s a tough fighter that will fight anyone at any time. Charlo’s best win was against Demetrius Hopkins, so Rosado will definitely be a slight step up for him. I have a bad feeling about this for Rosado, he has faced some tough opponents and judges recently and he could be in line for both against. I’m taking Charlo by decision.
I think this card may have the best overall fight of the night between what’s being telecast on both Showtime and HBO with the Rosado-Charlo fight. With 2 undefeated fighters on this card, there’s always the chance that it could be the beginning of the start of the upward trend for someone’s career. Or, it could be the exposing of a fighter that may have been protected. We all know that we see a lot of that in boxing. Hopefully, no matter who wins, we get to see the hunger that all 4 of these fighter have to move on with their career, enjoy the fights.