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Dierry Jean Believes He Can Stop Pendarvis -
"He Will Have To Prove It May 10th" Says Mookie

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - The Montrealer Dierry Jean and the Californian Cleotis Pendarvis are furbishing their weapons in expectation of their IBF super lightweight elimination bout presented May 10th at the Buffalo Run Casino in the little city of Miami in Oklahoma.

“I am working extremely hard every day in the gym for this fight, certainly the most significant one of my pro boxing career,” said Jean Thursday afternoon. “It will be my last step before a participation to a first major world title fight. I said it, and I believe it, 2013 will be a crucial year in my boxing career. I got to take every fight very seriously.”

Jean (24-0-0), a talented boxer of 30 years old, is actually ranked first contender by the WBC, third by the IBF. “I got the chance to see Pendarvis many times in action, in watching videos,” said Jean. “He has good skills, but it is clear in my mind he is not a hard puncher. He won only six times by KO or TKO in 22 pro boxing bouts. I won 16 times by KO or TKO in 24 fights. Pendarvis is a southpaw who loves to move in the ring in trying to confuse the opponent. I have always been able to adjust my style to the opponent's style. But May 10th, it will be certainly more a technical fight than a physical fight. I like my chance to win by KO or TKO in the last four rounds (a 12 rounds fight). I know I am more energetic than him. As you know, my stamina is a great weapon in the second half of each bout.”

Pendarvis (17-3-2), a fighter of 26 years old from Los Angeles, is not intimidated at all to face Jean, even though this Montrealer is considered as the best Canadian natural talent by Guy Jutras, the Canadian WBA director, who has been a referee or a judge in over 100 world championship bouts.

“Dierry Jean can believe he has more stamina than me, he will have to prove it May 10th,” said Pendarvis. “Last year, I fought in the 12 rounds bout for an USBA championship bout in California, and I clearly won it (against Robert Frankel). My energy never declined in the bout. I will have the best preparation of my life for this fight so don't be worry for me May 10th, I will be energetic from the beginning to the end. Jean saw me in action? I saw him also. I watched tapes of his last bouts. Jean is a talented fighter, no doubt about it, but I am too. Both of us have speed and skills. The one who will be the smartest in the ring will win it. I know exactly what to do to dominate the rounds against him. It is a crucial bout for me, like for him. I don't want to miss out on this exceptional opportunity.”


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