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Jean TKOs Pendarvis in IBF eliminator

Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime

Undefeated IBF #3 jr welterweight Dierry “Dougy Style” Jean (25-0, 17 KOs) scored an explosive fourth round TKO over IBF #7 Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (17-4-1, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. After suffering a bad cut over his right eye in round three from an unintentional headbutt, Jean dropped Pendarvis with a huge right hand in round four and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:01. The bout was an elimination bout for the #1 spot in the IBF’s 140-pound division.

“The cut was bad,” said the 31-year-old Jean, who was born in Haiti but has lived in Canada since he was 10. “I couldn’t see anything. But my corner did a great job with it, and then I caught him with a perfect right hand. I was very surprised the referee let it go so long after the first knockdown but I knew I had to keep fighting and finish the job.

“I’m just so excited to finally be in a position to be getting a shot at the world title. I don’t care who it comes against. I feel I’m ready for anybody.

“Pendarvis was a good fighter and he surprised me a little bit with his counter-punching. But I thought I was winning all the rounds. So the fact he was ahead on one scorecard is surprising to me.”

The loss snapped a six-fight winning streak for Pendarvis. “This is very disappointing,” he said, “but I just got caught with a great punch. I went into a shell after I got up and felt I was blocking most of his punches, but there are no excuses. I’ll be back.”

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In a clash between unbeaten middleweights, John “Apollo Kidd” Thompson (12-0, 4 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Geovanni “Tarantula” Rodriguez (8-1, 5 KOs). Thompson dropped Rodriguez twice in round four and twice in round eight en route to a 78-70, 78-70, 78-71.

The card was televised on Showtime.

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