By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson returned from his non-title KO loss to Lucas Matthysse to win a twelve round unanimous decision and successfully defend his belt against mandatory challenger Dierry Jean on Saturday night at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. After four close rounds, Peterson won rounds five to seven. Jean then rallied and took rounds eight and nine. Peterson had more left late and won by scores of 115-113, 116-112, 118-111.
Unbeaten jr middleweight Jermell Charlo (23-0, 11 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous fan favorite Gabriel Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs). The cut-prone Rosado was hampered by a nasty cut over the left eye in round five from a headbutt. Scores were 97-93, 99-91, 100-90.
Three-time Olympian bantamweight Rau’shee Warren (10-0, 3 KOs) outboxed German Meraz (46-28-1, 25 KOs) over eight mostly dull rounds. Warren woke up in the last round and put Meraz on the deck to punctuate a 80-72, 80-71, 80-71 win.
Lightweight Robert Easter (9-0, 8 KOs) went the distance for the first time in his career, going the full eight against Daniel Attah (28-18-1, 11 KOs). The much taller Easter dropped Attah in rounds three and eight, but could’t finish him. Scores were 80-70 on all cards. Five straight losses for the 35-year-old Attah, who challenged Acelino Freitas for the world 130lb title in 2002.