Lamont Peterson v Dierry Jean: IBF title bout approaches purse deadline

The IBF have confirmed to WBN that light-welterweight champion Lamont Peterson has five days left to agree his mandatory defence against undefeated Dierry Jean before the stipulated contest heads to purse bids.

“In September, the IBF ordered light-welterweight champion Lamont Peterson to start negotiations with mandatory challenger Dierry Jean. If they can’t reach an agreement by October 22 the IBF will call for a purse bid,” the IBF’s Lindsey Tucker told World Boxing News this week.

Peterson, 29, has been out of the ring since his crushing loss to Argentinian hardman Lucas Matthysse in May, which in-turn meant he missed out on a high-profile appearance on the recent Floyd Mayweather undercard.

The bout with Matthysse, which was over in just three bruising rounds, was classed as a non-title fight for Peterson and the American could well be heading for a fight outside his home country if no agreement is reached before the deadline.

The last time Peterson fought overseas was a 2009 stoppage win over Willy Blain in Puerto Rico, although the Washington-based title holder’s two defeats have come in the US since then.

Jean has racked up 25 straight win since entering the pro ranks, with three of his 17 stoppage wins coming in his last three fights and would possibly be considered the favourite if the clash does head to Canada.