Lamont Peterson vs. Dierry Jean, Gabriel Rosado vs. Jermell Charlo Preview
By: Dallas Orysiuk
This Saturday, on January 25th Showtime presents an exciting doubleheader at the DC Armory in Washington DC. Both fights display experienced fighters putting it all on the line against unbeaten challengers fighting to make a name for themselves. In the main event Lamont Peterson, 31-2 (16 KOs) defends his IBF light welterweight title against the unbeaten Canadian Dierry Jean, 25-0 (17 KOs). On the undercard, in an interesting matchup, Gabriel Rosado, 21-7-1 (13 KOs) takes on Jermell Charlo, 22-0 (11 KOs).
Both Jean and Peterson are coming off a 7 month layoff and haven’t fought since last May. Lamont Peterson looks to regain confidence and reclaim a spot atop the junior welterweight division, while Dierry Jean looks to make a name and put Canada on the map in an emerging Canadian fight scene.
In the last few months the 140 lb. division has been dying off with many fighters moving to welterweight; so this fight is an important one for the landscape of the junior welterweight scene. Jean is unproved but looks to be a decent talent with good power and hand speed. Despite his lack of power, Lamont Peterson looks his best when he’s pressuring and working on the inside. Against Jean, this is what Peterson needs to do, he needs to get inside and apply the pressure.
Peterson is coming of a 3rd round TKO loss to Lucas Matthysse and a failed drug test a year and a half ago that doesn’t seem to slip the critics minds. Peterson wants to prove he is still relevant and has a lot to lose, meanwhile Jean is looking to prove his worth, and this sets the precedent for an exciting matchup.
Records are deceiving and the undercard is a perfect testament to that. On paper, Jermell Charlo’s undefeated record looks much more impressive to Rosado’s 7 loses, however looks can be deceiving. This will be the fourth undefeated fighter in a row that Rosado is facing. He is much more experienced than Charlo and has been in with the likes of Peter Quillin, J’Leon Love, Gennady Golovkin, Alfred Angulo and Jesus Soto-Karass. Rosado had an extremely short amateur career and was working overnight at Home Depot for much of his professional career; so he has accomplished quite a bit and you have to admire the fight in him.
Gabriel Rosado has had some bad luck to say the least, he lost a bad decision, which he should have won, to J’Leon Love, which was later turned to a No Contest when Love tested positive for a banned substance. Against Quillin, Rosado had fought a spirited fight that many felt he was winning, until the doctor stopped the fight due to a cut over the eye despite his pleading. Through his career he has faced many high-risk-low-reward fights, and the fight with Charlo is another one. Jermell Charlo is a talented, but is not an exciting boxer with relatively little experience. It may not be the most exciting fight but it is intriguing.
The fights are interesting; both pit an experienced fighter who is trying to remain relevant against an unexperienced fighter trying to make a name for himself. The fights will be interesting and help to shape the landscape of the junior welterweight and junior middleweight divisions.