Lamont Peterson was reserved and philosophical during the final presser for his showdown with Dierry Jean on Saturday but the veteran was also confident that he will keep his IBF 140-pound title despite suffering a KO loss in his last bout. Jean predicts a stoppage victory.
RingTV.com sought the opinions of 18 boxing insiders as to their thoughts on who will win Saturday’s Lamont Peterson-Dierry Jean junior welterweight title bout and why. The fight will air live on Showtime from Peterson’s native Washington, D.C.
Junior welterweight beltholder Lamont Peterson says Dierry Jean will find out what it’s like to face a “top level” veteran when he defends his IBF belt against the unbeaten challenger on Saturday on Showtime.
Trainer Virgil Hunter believes Amir Khan “can shock the world” and defeat Floyd Mayweather Jr. if his fighter gets a shot at the reigning welterweight and junior middleweight champ on May 3.
Amir Khan said he has signed his part of the contract to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 3, but added that would also welcome a clash with friend and former stablemate Manny Pacquiao.
Richard Schaefer on being chosen Promoter of The Year by Sports Illustrated: “In the end, this is all about the fans of our great sport and I will continue to deliver the best fights and fighters to them in 2014 and beyond.”
IBF junior welterweight titleholder Lamont Peterson will try to rebound from a third-round stoppage loss to Lucas Matthysse against Dierry Jean on Jan. 25 at The D.C. Armory.
Victor Ortiz will return to the ring for the first time in 19 months against Luis Collazo in a Fox Sports 1-televised battle of left-handed former titleholders.
Former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor ended a 14-month ring absence with Saturday night’s seventh-round technical knockout of Juan Carlos Candelo.
Floyd Mayweather calls potential May 3 opponent Amir Khan “a young, strong champion,” who “comes and fights.”
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer believes that a Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Amir Khan fight would attract a large number of viewers based on the fighters’ mutual popularity.