By Anson Wainwright
It’s close to five months since Dierry Jean stepped into the ring with IBF junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson. The Canadian based Haitian put up a sterling effort but ultimately lost for the first time.
Jean would drop a unanimous decision by scores of 118-111, 116-112 and 115-113 in Peterson’s home town of Washington D.C.
Since the loss Jean has elected to drop to lightweight where Friday night he meets Mexican veteran Daniel Ruiz.
“My team and I decided it was better to look for as many opportunities as possible,” Jean told BoxingScene.com before adding the weight wouldn’t be a problem “Five pounds wasn't going to make much of a difference for me.”
The 32-year old intends to parlay an impressive win over Ruiz into a second title opportunity but this time at 135-pounds - and he sent out this warning.
“I want a title shot!” said Jean who when asked if he'd like the opportunity to gain a measure of revenge for stablemate Ghislain Maduma against England's Kevin Mitchell simply stated " I would like that, of course."
Anson Wainwright - Friday you meet Daniel Ruiz for the vacant NABF lightweight title, what are your thoughts on that fight?
Dierry Jean - Daniel Ruiz is a small guy. I'm bigger and I'm going be smarter in the ring. I'm gonna knock him out! I'm ready!
BoxingScene.com - How did the move down to lightweight come about?
DJ - My team and I decided it was better to look for as many opportunities as possible.
BoxingScene.com - Presumably you made 140 very easily?
DJ - Exactly. Five pounds wasn't going to make much of a difference for me.
BoxingScene.com - You're coming off a loss against IBF junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson in his hometown back in January. What would you say about that fight?
DJ - That fight gave me a lot of experience. Now, I'm not going to lose anymore.
BoxingScene.com - What did you learn from that fight?
DJ - I learned to be calm in the ring, smarter, keep my energy and not go for a knockout too fast.
BoxingScene.com - Recently Haitian boxers have done very well, Bermane Stiverne won the heavyweight title, Adonis Stevenson retained his world title. How has seeing them be successful helped motivate you to succeed like they have?
DJ - A lot. It makes me hungry. I want to be where they are. I believe it's going to be my time soon.
BoxingScene.com - Lets talk about the top guys at lightweight, what are your thoughts on the division and the current champions?
DJ - There are a lot of tough, fast guys. It's a good challenge for me.
BoxingScene.com - Are you targeting anyone in particular?
DJ - Not really. Of course, I want a title shot!
BoxingScene.com - How do you see Terence Crawford-Yuriorkis Gamboa going?
DJ - It's going to be tough for Crawford. Gamboa is really strong and fast.
BoxingScene.com - Ghislain Maduma is a stablemate of yours and recently lost to Kevin Mitchell in England in front of 80,000 fans. What were your thoughts on that fight?
DJ - He did very good and lost because of a lucky punch. He got caught but it's going to be a good experience for him as well.
BoxingScene.com - Would you like the opportunity to exact revenge for Maduma?
DJ - I would like that, of course.
BoxingScene.com - In closing do you have a message for the lightweight division?
DJ - 'Dougy Style' is coming for you guys. You better train harder!