Junior welterweight titlist Terence Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs), the 2014 fighter of the year, is looking for an opponent for his first defense, which will likely be Oct. 24 or Nov. 7 in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
A few names have been mentioned as possibilities, including Antonio Orozco (22-0, 15 KOs), Mauricio Herrera (22-5, 7 KOs) and Cesar Cuenca (47-0, 2 KOs); Cuenca would have to win his vacant title bout with Ik Yang on Saturday in Macau, China.
But Montreal’s Dierry Jean (29-1, 20 KOs), whose only loss came by competitive decision in a junior welterweight title bout to Lamont Peterson in 2014 in Peterson’s hometown of Washington, D.C., has thrown his name into the ring for consideration.
After the loss, Jean dropped down to lightweight, where he has won four fights in a row, including a one-sided decision against Jerry Belmontes on June 20 on the David Lemieux-Hassan N’Dam undercard. Jean would be happy to return to 140 pounds for the opportunity to face Crawford, a former lightweight champion, who moved up to junior welterweight in April and won a vacant belt by knockout against Thomas Dulorme.
“I would be very pleased for Dierry to get that opportunity. I believe he’s ready for that challenge,” promoter Camille Estephan told ESPN.com. “Given the experience that he has acquired fighting Peterson, where we came close, and some other factors, I feel Dierry Jean is more than ready for the big fights.
“Crawford is the man right now. A lot of people are talking about him as potentially the future king of boxing and Dierry wants his place like many others I’m sure. We have proven in the past that we want to fight the best and our fighters are consummate professionals. They always come in ready to give the fans a great show. The question is do I feel Dierry could get the win against Crawford? Absolutely! Time will tell if they give us the opportunity. We would be certainly ready.”