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Dierry Jean Returns June 13, Eyeing Run At 135 Or 140

By Jake Donovan

Dierry Jean isn't interested in dwelling on the past, which is exactly where he plans to leave his loss to Lamont Peterson. Coming up short in his first title shot this past January, Jean returns to the ring versus Daniel Ruiz on June 13 in Montreal, Canada.

The 32-year old enters the fight with a fresh perspective and lofty ambitions. A career super lightweight - the weight where his aforementionef bout with Peterson took place - Jean (25-1, 17KO) will come in at or below the 135 lb. limit for the first time in his career, as his showdown with Ruiz comes with a regional lightweight title at stake.

Don't read too much into the move, however; Jean isn't ready to abandon the 140 lb. division. Quite the contrary, in fact, as the Haitian-Canadian wants to keep his options open in either weight class, and dive right in the moment a title opportunity becomes present. 

Enduring stiff challenges in the meantime will help him remain ready in transition. 

"June 13th will provide a solid test for Dierry seeing as Ruiz is a dangerous puncher in the lightweight division and has victories over some of the best pugilists in the division such as Jamie Kavanagh," notes manager Camille Estephan, president of Eye of the Tiger Management. 

Jean (25-1, 17KO) has never weighed lighter than 138 lb. for any given prize fight since turning pro in 2006. That's not to say he can't make lightweight; in fact, the move is one his team believes is overdue. At barely 5'6", Jean has easily made the super lightweight divisional limit and his handlers believe there is room to go down without sacrificing strength or skill. 

“We made a strategic decision to exploit various opportunities in two weight classes, lightweight and super lightweight, in the goal of obtaining a world title shot as soon possible," Estephan points out. 

Jean remains ranked at 140 lb. However, he will have to weight in line for another shot at Peterson. The mandatory challenger for that particular title is Carlos Cuenca, an unbeaten Argentine who scored a unanimous decision over Albert Mensah earlier this month to earn his number-one ranking. 

A win on June 13 will place Jean in the running for a shot at the lightweight title currently held by power-punching Omar Figueroa. 

 Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of AmericaTwitter: @JakeNDaBox

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