Lamont Peterson beats Dierry Jean, retains IBF belt

Lamont Peterson (left) handed challenger Dierry Jean the first loss of his professional career.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lamont Peterson retained the IBF junior welterweight title Saturday night, unanimously outpointing previously undefeated Dierry Jean in front of a hometown crowd at the DC Armory.

Peterson (32-2-1) rebounded from a third-round TKO loss to Argentina's Lucas Matthysse in a non-title fight in May in Atlantic City, N.J. Jean, from Montreal, dropped to 25-1.

Peterson, who turned 30 on Friday, won by scores of 118-111, 116-112, and 115-113.

There were no knockdowns and neither fighter ever appeared to be in serious trouble, but Peterson landed more and harder punches.

Referring to Peterson's loss to Matthysse, Jean had said he would be able to take advantage of Peterson's chin, but the champion withstood Jean's best punches.

After an uneventful first round, Peterson scored with a left hook early in the second round, but Jean responded with a flurry late. Two judges gave Jean the second, third and fourth rounds.

Jean appeared to be tiring in the middle rounds and Peterson landed several punches with him against the ropes in the sixth.

Peterson continued to apply pressure late in the fight, but Jean withstood it. All three judges gave Peterson the final three rounds.

The 31-year-old Jean earned the title shot with a fourth-round TKO against Cleotis Pendarvis in an IBF elimination fight in May.

In the co-main event, super welterweight Jermell Charlo retained his WBC Continental Americas title with a unanimous decision over Gabriel Rosado.

Charlo, from Houston, is 23-0. Rosado, from Philadelphia, dropped to 21-8.

The quicker Charlo controlled the action for most of the 10-round fight and the judges scored it 100-90, 99-91 and 97-93.

Rosado, dropping back down in weight after two losses and a no-contest as a middleweight in 2013, began bleeding from a cut over his left eye in the fifth round. It was the same area where he suffered cuts in two of his last three fights.

Referee Malik Waleed ruled the cut was from a punch, but a Showtime television replay appeared to show it was the result of a head butt.

On the undercard, undefeated bantamweight Rau'shee Warren (18-0) of Cincinnati won a unanimous decision over German Meraz (33-27-1) of Mexico in an eight-round bout.

Middleweight Dominic Wade of nearby Largo, Md., survived a first-round knockdown and improved to 14-0 with a unanimous decision over Dashon Johnson (15-14-3) of Riverside, Calif.

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