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It may freezing in Washington DC, but the four fighters competing in this Saturday night’s Showtime doubleheader braved the cold for a photo shoot at the DCB Fit Boxing Gym to discuss their upcoming bouts. In Saturday’s main event at DC Armory, local favorite Lamont Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KOs) will defend his IBF junior welterweight title against unbeaten #1-ranked Dierry Jean (25-0, 17 KOs), of Montreal by way of Haiti. USBA junior middleweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (22-0, 11 KOs), of Houston, risks his 154-pound belt and unbeaten record against two-time world title challenger Gabriel “King” Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs), of Philadelphia, in the co-feature.
Here’s what the boxers said Wednesday:
Lamont Peterson: It was pretty cool to meet Dierry Jean for the first time today at the Showtime shoot. We didn’t say anything to each other. No words. We did a face-off, but that was it. I came in when he was here [at the boxing gym], we did our faceoff and then he left. I wasn’t expecting to say anything to him and it’s going to be that way. He is small, but kind of the size I thought he would be. Size doesn’t mean anything.
Dierry Jean: We have over 100 people that have bought ringside tickets. We have made sure that all arrangements have been made for everyone. We are doing everything the way we should be as if we are home. We are not here as tourists. We are here to get the job done, to take that belt and go back home with it. Look, I am here on a mission to bring that belt back. And having met Lamont, nothing changes.
Jermell Charlo: I know Gabriel Rosado is a tough fighter. I just need to be ready to fight. Training camp was excellent. I am just ready for Saturday to get this over with and move on with the rest of my career.
Gabriel Rosado: We were training in Puerto Rico and my trainer kept saying ‘Its Operation Chop down Charlo.’ Now everyone is tweeting that. We even made shirts and we’re running with it.