Lamont Peterson Retains IBF Title at D.C. Armory

Gary Williams, Special to The Informer | 1/26/2014, 4 p.m.
D.C.'s Lamont Peterson successfully defended his IBF junior welterweight championship Saturday with a 12-round unanimous decision over Dierry "Dougy Style" ...
Lamont Peterson (purple trunks) won a unanimous decision over Dierry Jean to retain his IBF junior welterweight title at the D.C. Armory on Jan. 25. Photo by John DeFreitas

D.C.'s Lamont Peterson successfully defended his IBF junior welterweight championship Saturday with a 12-round unanimous decision over Dierry "Dougy Style" Jean of Montreal in front of a crowd of 5,668 at the D.C. Armory.

Peterson got off to a typically slow start, losing three of the first four rounds on two judges' scorecards. However, seemingly realizing that Jean could not hurt him, Peterson picked up the pace in the middle rounds and pressured Jean for the rest of the contest, closing the fight with a solid performance in the final four rounds.

"I knew he was a bit nervous coming into this fight because it was his first world championship fight and he fought mostly in Canada," Peterson said afterwards of Jean, a Haiti native who has lived in Quebec most of his life. "He was fighting in my hometown so I knew he had some nerves. I didn't want him to gain any confidence. I was comfortable. I didn't want him to get comfortable."

The three judges scored the fight 115-113, 116-112 and 118-111 for Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KOs), giving Jean (25-1, 17 KOs) his first professional loss.

Peterson discounted talk about his inability to bounce back from a knockout loss to Lucas Matthysee in a non-title fight in May, chalking up that experience as a part of his life story.

"My life has never been easy, so why should it be easy now?" he said. "Every time I get things going, get things set, win championships, there's always been a what? A setback. So I show people that you can always come back. That's what I represent. I think that's my purpose in life. I embrace it and that's what I will continue to keep doing."

Peterson compared the bout with Jean to what happened in his fight against Timothy Bradley for the WBO junior welterweight title in December 2009, which Bradley won in a unanimous decision.

"I'm pretty sure Jean gained a lot of experience that will help him in the long run," he said. "It kind of reminded me of the lead-up to when I fought Timothy Bradley. He had some tough fights, won a championship. … I was fresh, 24-0, had no big names on my record and fighting in his hometown just like Jean did tonight. I knew how I felt in that situation. People said I got a lot better after that fight and I expect the same from Jean."

Peterson said that he would like a unification bout with WBA champ Danny Garcia, who Peterson considers the best boxer in the 140-pound division.

In the co-main event, 23-year-old top junior middleweight prospect Jermell Charlo (23-0, 11 KOs) remained undefeated with a unanimous decision over Gabriel Rosado (21-8, 13 KOs).

Three other D.C.-area boxers also fought on the undercard. Largo, Md., super middleweight Dominic Wade remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over Dashon Johnson of Riverside, Calif., but had to get up off the canvas to earn the victory.

Early in the first round, Johnson floored Wade with a short left hand; however, Wade was able to right the ship and became the aggressor throughout the rest of the contest. Wade, who won by scores of 57-56, 58-55 and 59-55, is now 14-0 with 10 KOs, while Johnson dropped to 15-14-3 with five KOs.

Super middleweight D'Mitrius Ballard of Temple Hills, Md., fought in his home area for the first time as a pro, scoring a third-round TKO over Marlon Farr of Zephyr Hills, Fla. Ballard was in complete control of the contest, landed his left hand repeatedly. The bout was stopped 18 seconds into the third round when Farr suffered an injury to his left hand. Ballard is now 4-0 with three KOs while Farr fell to 3-4.

Former world title contender Daniel "The Prophet" Attah of D.C. lost his fifth straight fight in an eight-round unanimous decision to Robert Easter Jr. in a lightweight contest. Despite the loss, Attah (28-18-1, 11 KOs), became the first man to take Easter the distance in a contest.

Easter (9-0, 8 KOs) dropped the 18-year veteran twice during the match, but Attah was crafty enough to finish the fight on his feet.