Lamont Peterson Vs Dierry Jean – Fight preview and betting recommendation


Lamont Peterson Vs Dierry Jean 

IBF Light welterweight Title 

25th January 2014 

Unbeaten Canadian Dierry Jean takes his first step into the world of elite level boxing after amassing a record of 25 wins with 17 knockouts against second tier opposition.  

Given the level of opposition and fights to date you can be forgiven for believing Jean is the younger fighter however its Peterson who is 2 years Jean’s junior, Dierry was a late starter to the pro game at 24 years of age.

Peterson’s IBF title is on the line, a belt Peterson is lucky to still be in possession of – given the fact he tested positive for synthetic testosterone following claiming the belt from Amir Khan.

He was also bombed out by Lucas Matthysse in 3 rounds in his last fight, however as a catchweight fight Petersons belt was not on the line.

Peterson grew up on the streets of Washington DC and his boxing journey is somewhat a heart warming one, he will have home advantage and a supportive crowd behind him on Saturday night.

Jean has speed, and is nimble on his feet, while he is an offensive fighter at heart and can pressure well, while he is hardly a defensive wizard and can be found – overall he does have good defensive movement and can slip punches while landing counters, his punches carry some pop.

Peterson is a resilient fighter with a big heart to overcome adversity in the ring, he has a solid jab, and can also counter well, Peterson notoriously starts slow but once he gets the engine going he can be fairly relentless.

I get the impression Peterson’s camp see this mandatory defence as a ‘get back on track fight’ and i think they may be making a huge mistake, as while Jean is untested at this level i believe Jean is the real deal and belongs on this stage – i believe this is a breakout fight for Dierry Jean.  

I think it is likely the fight goes the distance but i wouldn’t be surprised to see Jean pull off a surprising stoppage on the resilient Peterson, make no mistake this fight is no mere formality for Peterson.  

The bookmakers see it as a close fight with Peterson at 8/13 and Dierry Jean at 6/4 and i would say those odds are reasonable.

I will be backing Dierry Jean at 6/4 this weekend, however i will also be covering the draw, with it being in Washington DC if it goes the distance it wouldn’t be a surprise if we saw some close scoring.

ATR’s Bet – £40 on Jean by any method 6/4 at Betfred (returns £100), along with £5 on draw 20/1 (returns £85)