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Saturday, June 21, 2014
Jean aiming for lightweight title

By Dan Rafael

Dierry Jean, Lamont Peterson
With his 140-pound title loss to Lamont Peterson behind him, Dierry Jean is eyeing matters at 135.
Dierry Jean, comfortable in his new weight class, would like a crack at a lightweight world title.

The 32-year-old from Montreal couldn't get the job done at junior welterweight in a title challenge against Lamont Peterson in January, losing a hard-fought unanimous decision. So Jean (26-1, 18 KOs) moved down in weight for his next fight, an eighth-round knockout of Mario Perez on June 13, and is now aiming for a title shot at 135 pounds.

"I felt strong," Jean said of fighting at 135. "It was a little tough getting down in weight, but I can fight effectively at both weights [135 and 140]. I didn't go down to lightweight because junior welterweights were too strong for me. I just took advantage of an opportunity to fight at lightweight.

"I'd like to fight any of the world lightweight champions. [Omar] Figueroa is a good fighter. He's strong and a good puncher. I'd like to fight him or the winner of [Terence] Crawford and [Yuriorkis] Gamboa [who meet June 28]. They're both good boxers. I don't know who is going to win that fight but I think Gamboa."

Camille Estephan, Jean's promoter, said he will do what he can to arrange an opportunity for him.

"We want a title shot as soon as possible," Estephan said. "Figueroa, the Crawford-Gamboa winner, [Richar] Abril or [Miguel] Vasquez -- any one of them. Dierry was very impressive as a lightweight. His energy level was higher and he was strong. It was probably the first time he fought somebody the same size. He's always been fighting bigger guys as a junior welterweight. We feel that he'll be a monster at lightweight. He will crush anybody and we're certain he'll be as much of a force as a lightweight as he was as at 140 pounds. We're looking for big fights."