By Julian Burgower and Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
IBF Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson of Washington, DC notched win number 32 and successfully made the second defense of his title tonight by outpointing a very game Dierry “Dougy Style” Jean of Montreal, Quebec, Canada Saturday night at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.
Peterson got off to a slow start before the 5,668 hometown fans in attendance allowing Jean to use his quickness and carry three of the four rounds on two of the judges’s scorecards. Wanting to prove that his knockout loss last May to Lucas Matthysse was merely a setback, Peterson warmed up in the fifth and sixth rounds, connecting with a solid body attack as Jean backed into the ropes. Peterson continued to attack in the seventh, landing wide punches almost at will. Jean remained competitive throughout the fight, connecting with a good uppercut in the eighth. Peterson continued to dig shots to the body which seemed to drain Jean of his speed and in the 10th round caused referee Roberto Ramirez, Sr. to call a short halt to the action as Jean complained of a left that struck on the hip. Peterson cruised the 11th and 12th rounds to win a unanimous decision by scores of 115-113, 118-111 and 116-112.
After the contest, Peterson talked to reporters and laid to rest any fears about his inability to bounce back from his loss to Matthysee by relating this experience as a part of his life’s story.
“My life has never been easy, so why should it be easy now?,” Peterson said. “Every time I get things going, get things set, win championships, there’s always been a what? A setback. So I show people that you can always comeback. That’s what I represent. I think that’s my purpose in life. I embrace it and that’s what I will continue to keep doing.
Peterson compared this bout and Jean’s participation to what happened to him when he fought Timothy Bradley for the WBO Junior Welterweight title in December of 2009.
“I knew he was a bit nervous coming into this fight because it was his first world championship fight and he fought mostly in Canada,” Peterson said. “He was fighting in my hometown so I knew he had some nerves. I didn’t want him to gain any confidence. I was comfortable. I didn’t want him to get comfortable.”
“I’m pretty sure Jean gained a lot of experience that will help him in the long run,” Peterson continued. “It kind of reminded me of the lead-up to when I fought Timothy Bradley. He had some tough fights, won a championship..I was fresh, 24-0, had no big names on my record and fighting in his hometown just like Jean did tonight. I knew how I felt in that situation. People said I got a lot better after that fight and I expect the same from Jean.”
Peterson told reporters that he would like a unification bout with WBA champ Danny Garcia, who Peterson considers “rightfully so” the best boxer in the 140-pound division.
Peterson raises his record to 32-2-1, 16 KOs. Jean loses for the first time in his pro career and he is now 25-1, 17 KOs.
In the co-main event, Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo of Houston, TX remained undefeated as he scored a lopsided 10-round unanimous decision victory over Gabriel “King” Rosado of Philadelphia, PA while defending his WBC Continental Americas Super Welterweight title. Rosado fought out of his comfort zone in an entertaining but ineffective aggressiveness that yielded little in the judges’s eyes on the scorecards, losing by tallies of 100-90, 99-91 and 97-93. Rosado was cut badly around his left eye in the fifth round as blood streamed down his cheek for the remainder of the contest. Charlo countered well throughout the evening, connecting with 50 percent of his total punches thrown and setting up a March showdown with IBF Junior Middleweight champion Carlos Molina.
Charlo’s record rises to 23-0, 11 KOs while Rosado’s record falls to 21-8, 13 KOs.
Wade vs. Johnson
On the undercard, things didn’t start well for Largo, MD super middleweight Dominic Wade Saturday night. First, his bout with Dashon Johnson of Riverside, CA was shortened from eight rounds to six. Then the bout was pulled off the Showtime Extreme telecast because the two previous bouts went the distance.
Then, Wade got off to a bad start in the ring when Johnson dropped him with a right hand 15 seconds into the first round.
From there, however, Wade righted the ship and kept Johnson off balance with jabs and body shots to win a unanimous decision. The scores were 57-56, 58-55 and 59-55.
Wade is now 14-0, 10 KOs. Johnson falls to 15-14-3, five KOs.
Warren vs. Meraz
Three-time US Olympian Rau’shee Warren of Cincinnati, OH won an eight-round unanimous decision over German Meraz of Agua Prieta, Mexico in a bantamweight contest. Warren did a nice job pressuring Meraz during the bout. Warren scored a knockdown in the seventh round and went on to an easy win by scores of 80-72 and 80-71 (twice).
Warren is now 18-0, three KO ‘s. Meraz, who was fighting for the first time in the United States, is now 33-27-1, 20 KOs.
Easter, Jr. vs. Attah
Undefeated lightweight and knockout artist Robert Easter, Jr. of Toledo, OH was carried the distance for the first time in his young pro career by 18-year veteran Daniel “The Prophet” Attah of Washington, DC by way of Kalaba, Nigeria. Easter won an easy eight-round unanimous decision.
Easter dropped Attah twice during the contest — once in the third and once in the eighth. However, the crafty former world title contender managed to be crafty and elusive enough to avoid being knocked out. Easter scored a shutout (80-70) on all three scorecards.
Easter is now 9-0, eight KOs. while Attah has lost five in a row and falls to 28-18-1, 11 KOs.
Herring vs. Sanchez
Jamel Herring of Coram, NY won a six-round split decision over Antonio Sanchez of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a lightweight battle. Herring, a 2012 US Olympian, basically traded shots with Sanchez for the entire contest and neither man was close to going down.
The scores were pretty interesting. Judge Wayne Smith saw the bout 58-56 for Sanchez, while judges Tammye Jenkins and Steve Rados scored the bout 60-54 for Herring.
Herring is now 7-0, four KOs. Sanchez falls to 5-2-2, three KOs.
Ballard vs. Farr
Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D’Mitrius Ballard fought in his home area for the first time as a pro and won by third-round TKO over Marlon Farr of Zephyr Hills, FL. Ballard was clearly the aggressor throughout the contest, nailing Farr with his left hand repeatedly. The bout had to be stopped by referee Michelle Myers at the 18-second mark of the third round when Farr suffered an injury to his hand.
Ballard is now 4-0, three KOs while Farr is 3-4.
Williams vs. Stimmell
Cleveland, OH resident and 2008 US Olympian Raynell Williams needed just 67 seconds to stop William Stimmell of Muskogee, OK in a lightweight contest. A crushing left hand from Williams dropped Stimmell in his own corner. Referee Billy Johnson stopped the contest.
Williams is now 3-0, three KO ‘s while Stimmell falls to 1-3, one KO.
Thomas vs. Womack
Chicago, IL welterweight Semajay Thomas recovered from a first-round knockdown to win a four-round unanimous decision over Kevin “The Scarecrow” Womack of Baltimore, MD.
Womack dropped Thomas in the first round with a short left hand and gained an advantage.
However, Womack couldn’t follow up on his advantage as Thomas became the aggressor and had Womack backpedaling at times throughout the contest. Thomas landed shots at times that would have Womack’s arms flailing wildly backwards even though Womack did not seem to be physically hurt.
All three judges scored the bout 38-37, giving the last three rounds to Thomas. Womack falls to 4-3-1, two KOs. Thomas is now 2-0.
Clark vs. Kreisher
The curtain-raising contest saw Javonte Clark of Cincinnati, OH make a successful pro debut with a third-round TKO of Lee Kreisher of Dover, OH. Clark dropped Kreisher with a right hand early in the first. Kreisher stayed in the contest but offered little offense to Clark who eventually swarmed him until referee Dave Braslow stopped the bout at 2:39 of the third round.
Clark wins his pro debut while Kreisher falls to 3-6-1, two KOs.
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Golden Boy Promotions brought the card to Washington, DC. The ring announcers were International Boxing Hall of Famer Jimmy Lennon, Jr. and Washington, DC Boxing Hall of Famer Henry “Discombobulating” Jones.