Unbeaten Jean wants Peterson to relive `nightmare` loss

Last Updated: Friday, January 10, 2014 - 03:25

Washington: Unbeaten Canadian challenger Dierry Jean intends to make Lamont Peterson relive his worst loss when they meet later this month for the American`s International Boxing Federation light-welterweight title.

Peterson, coming off a third-round stoppage loss to Argentina`s Lucas Matthysse in a non-title bout last May, will defend his crown January 25 in his hometown against a confident Haitian-born rival.

"In his mind I think he`s not 100 percent OK so I think it`s going to be a great opportunity to hurt him again," Jean said Thursday. "He might have another nightmare like last time."

Peterson, who grew up homeless on the streets of the US capital, says he has shaken off the loss to Matthysse.

"Getting over the loss, that happened in one day," Peterson said. "You pick yourself up and move on. It happened in the past. Who cares?"

Jean, 31, is 25-0 with 17 knockouts. He stopped US southpaw Cleotis Pendarvis in the fourth round last May to earn his first world title fight.

"My training camp is going very good. I`m in the best shape of my life," Jean said. "I`m going to go out there and do my job, complete my mission and win the belt."

Jean moved from Haiti to Canada at age 10 with his older brother and began boxing at age 18. This will be only his third fight outside Canada.

"For sure I would prefer to be with my crowd, but it`ll be OK. I can deal with pressure and he`s going to be the only one in the ring with me," Jean said of fighting in Peterson`s hometown.

"I`m a better fighter. I`m a little more vicious and I want it more than him. I`ll do everything to earn that title."

Peterson, 31-2 with one drawn and 16 knockouts, won his past two fights in Washington. He took the IBF title from Amir Khan in December of 2011 but a rematch was scuttled when Peterson tested positive for steroids.

The World Boxing Association stripped its crown from Peterson for doping but the IBF upheld an appeal from Peterson, keeping him as champion.

Peterson made his first title defense last February in Washington when he stopped compatriot Kendall Holt in the eighth round.

Undefeated American Danny Garcia beat Matthysse by unanimous decision last September for the two other major titles in the weight division to secure his spot as the best-regarded fighter in the division.

AFP

First Published: Friday, January 10, 2014 - 03:25

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