A planned junior welterweight clash between IBF titleholder Lamont Peterson’s and mandatory challenger Dierry Jean could be supported by a junior middleweight bout between Jermell Charlo and two-time 160-pound title challenger Gabriel Rosado on Jan. 25 in Washington, D.C., at the D.C. Armory, according to Golden CEO Richard Schaefer.
“I believe that that will be the date,” said Schaefer. “At first, there looked as if there was no date available in D.C., but then, I talked to [Peterson's manager and trainer] Barry Hunter, and Barry Hunter actually got a call from the Mayor’s office, in Washington.
“They were very interested in bringing a title fight to Washington. Barry then, was able to clear a date at the Armory, which I’m very happy about. I’m very happy to have that fight there. We are working on trying to finalize Rosado against Charlo, which would be an action-packed double-header and really a terrific card for Washington, D.C.”
Both Peterson and Jean were last in the ring in May, with Peterson (31-2-1, 16 knockouts), of D.C., being stopped in the third round of a non-title bout against Lucas Matthysse, and Jean (25-0, 17 KOs), of Quebec, Canada, scoring a fourth-round TKO over Cleotis Pendarvis.
Peterson is 4-1-1, with three knockout victories since falling by unanimous decision to current WBO 147-pound beltholder Tim Bradley as a 140-pounder in December of 2009.
The winner of Peterson-Jean would be in the mix for a host of solid bouts against Golden Boy fighters in the 140-pound division, perhaps even Matthysse or unbeaten RING, WBA and WBC 140-pound champion Danny Garcia, who unanimously decisioned Matthysse in September.
Golden Boy won the right to promote Peterson against Jean earlier this month with a purse bid of $156,000.
As the beltholder, Peterson will pocket at least $117,000, or 75 percent of Golden Boy’s bid compared to $39,000 (or 25 percent) for Jean.
Charlo (22-0, 11 KOs) is coming off last month’s 10th-round stoppage of Jose Rodriguez, and Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs), last month’s 10th-round TKO loss to WBA middleweight titleholder Peter Quillin.
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