Undefeated Dierry “Dougy Style” Jean (24-0, 16 KOs) will meet southpaw Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (17-3-1, 6 KOs), of Los Angeles, Calif. tonight at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma in a 12-round elimination bout for the #1 spot in the IBF’s 140-pound division.
Here’s what they had to say:
Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis: “Win — and I get a shot at the world championship. It doesn’t matter against whom. It’s as simple as that. I’ve put in the work and I’m ready to go. I’m ready to prove myself. I truly believe in myself. He’s got the undefeated record, but I’ve fought better than he has and have more skills than the guys he’s fought. I don’t feel like I’m the B-side in this fight. That kind of thing doesn’t matter to me. What does is what happens in the ring, and tomorrow it’s all about him and me.
“I’ve never had the kind of stability in my career that I have now. I have a good team. I’m more mature. I know what I have to do. I’ve gone through a lot in my life, but I’m happy where I’m at now. I’m ready for anything. I feel I can adapt to anything. I’m going to do what I have to do to get the win.”
Dierry Jean: “I can’t lie. This is the biggest fight of my career. I’m very excited and totally prepared for this opportunity. I appreciate everybody who made the fight happen. I’m going to try and make it look easy, but I definitely expect a good fight. I know a lot of people have never seen me so I hope to make a great impression. But getting the big “W” is what counts the most.
“I’m one step from a world title shot, but all my focus is on this one fight. I know I have to take it one fight at a time. There is some pressure, of course, fighting in front of a huge TV audience. But it’s a good pressure, a positive pressure. Pendarvis is a slick guy, but I can fight any style.”
Showtime will televise.