MONTREAL - North American Boxing Federation (NABF) lightweight champion Dierry "Dougy Style" Jean (26-1, 18 KOs) has zeroed in on undefeated World Boxing Association lightweight champion Terence "Bud" Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) as a potential opponent for a career-defining fight.
Last month, Jean stopped Mario Perez (15-5-4) in the eighth round for the vacant NABF title, five months after Jean lost a unanimous 12-round decision (118-111, 116-112, 116-113) to International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson.
Nearly two weeks ago, Jean watched with great interest as Crawford eventually destroyed previously undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-1, 16 KOs) on HBO. Crawford fought in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, packing the venue with more than 11,000 enthusiastic fans, who loudly cheered as Crawford dropped Gamboa four times en route to a ninth-round stoppage. Immediately after the fight there was talk that Crawford may be moving up one division to fight as a junior welterweight.
"I thought it was a very good fight," Jean said. "Both fighters got caught. Gamboa was just too small to fight Crawford. Crawford would be a good fight for me, one that I can win. I think it would be a very technical fight. It wouldn't matter if we fought at 135 (lightweight) or 140 (junior welterweight). Of course, I'd prefer to fight him at home in Montreal, but for the right deal I'd go there to fight him in Omaha. I fought Pederson in his hometown, Washington D.C."
Jean's promoter, Camille Estephan (Eye of the Tiger Management), believes the time is right for another major fight for Jean and Crawford is the perfect opponent. "Crawford is a very good champion and he proved that beating Gamboa like he did," Estephan commented. "He's also the HBO darling right now but, remember, he fought a guy much smaller than him, and that was the big difference. Crawford is a perfect fight for Dierry, who can fight him at 135 or 140, whatever weight he picks. We're open to fighting him here (Montreal), or we're willing to go into his backyard in Omaha, if that's what it takes."
"'Dougy' is ready and able to fight the best at 135 or 140," Jean's head trainer Mike Moffa added. "His experience against Peterson will help us. Crawford is the ideal guy right now."