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IBF junior welterweight world champion Lamont Peterson and #1 contender Dierry Jean hosted their final news conference Thursday at The Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. Here’s what they had to say their Showtime-televised fight at the DC Armory:
Lamont Peterson: I can show you how I come back from a knockout better than I can tell you; you’ll see Saturday night. You just have to forget it, it can happen to the best of us. Even basketball players shoot air ball free throws; sometimes that’s just what happens. I didn’t have a hard time dealing with it, just seemed like the media did. We train hard, we go into the fight and we are there to win, but of course there’s a chance you can lose. That’s what happened [with his fight against Lucas Matthysse], but you just have to pick yourself up and move on.
Dierry Jean: On Saturday, I’ll show everybody that I’m the best fighter pound-for-pound.
Joining Peterson and Jean at the news conference were undefeated jr middleweight contender Jermell Charlo and Gabriel Rosado, who will rumble in the 10-round co-main event.
Jermell Charlo: I have to win with a KO, it’s a must. The way I grind, I know I push myself to the limit. My standards are high right now, I want titles and I want to be recognized as one of the top 154-pounders. Saturday night, expect something crazy. If his face holds up, we’ll go 12 rounds. If not, we’re knocking him out early.
Gabriel Rosado: I’m excited because this is a new year and I’m now going back down to super welterweight where I have unfinished business. Last time I fought at 154 was 2012, when I had a great year knocking out Soto Karass, knocking out Powell, and clinching the #1 spot in the IBF knocking out Whittaker. There’s no secret to my game plan, I’m going to go out and apply smart pressure. I’m not trying to let this go in the hands of the judges. I’m going for the knockout.