Dierry Jean update
As undefeated light welterweight Dierry “Dougy Style” Jean (25-0, 17 KOs) patiently waits from his world title shot against International Boxing Federation (IBF) Lamont “Havoc” Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KOs), the IBF’s No. 1-ranked, mandatory light welterweight challenger took some time out to sit on the hot seat.
What are your three favorite fights of all-time?
Dierry Jean: “Oh, there are so many. Most recently, I enjoyed watching the fight between Danny Garcia and Lucas Mathysse . Both guys went to war but one was smarter than the other. Garcia got shuffled a bit but after the fourth round he was able to manage the situation and out-box Mathysse. I would also say Floyd Mayweather’s fight with ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Wow! Mayweather simply out-boxed ‘Canelo.’ It was amazing! Otherwise, for the third fight, there are so many that it is too difficult for me to choose another one.”
What fight would you like to see one day?
Dierry Jean: “I ‘d like to see Dierry Jean against Floyd Mayweather (laughs). I have the style to beat Floyd.”
Who has been your model or inspiration in life?
Dierry Jean: “Camille Estephan (his promoter) inspires me a lot. Thanks to him I am here today and still in the boxing world. He truely is a model for me. He exudes positive energy and is very motivating.”
Who would you choose if you could face any boxer of all-time?
Dierry Jean: “Sugar’ Ray Leonard because he had almost the same style as me. He was a good boxer: explosive, skilled, and talented. I think it would be a great match.”
What music do you listen to during training sessions?
Dierry Jean: “I don’t listen to music while I train. If I did it would be hip-hop or any type of music that’s moving. What really motivates me in training is thinking about victory.”
What is your entrance song?
Dierry Jean: “The last song I used was, American Dream, by rapper Le Tito. There is another artist preparing a special song for my next fight. I will keep it to myself so it’ll be a surprise.”
What led you to becoming a boxer?
Dierry Jean: “One day I had a premonition, a dream, in which I was boxing. The next day, I was approached by (former world champion) Joachim Alcine This is what made me go to the gym for the first time.”
How would you describe yourself as a boxer ?
Dierry Jean: “I’m a pretty complete fighter: fast, a brawler but with style.”
Do you have a ritual before your fight?
Dierry Jean: “I relax and I try not to think too much about my fight. I watch movies, I play Playstation, I get massaged. Then, we go eat pasta with the team and begin our fight preparation.”
What is the most significant fight of your career and why?
Dierry Jean: “The last one against Cleotis Pendarvis because it is the one that allowed me to get a world title fight shot. It’s also because it took place in the United States, in front of a crowd of new fans. This was my chance to make my name and get noticed.”
Would you say it was your hardest fight so far?
Dierry Jean: “No. I finished him in the 4th round! (laughs) But, mentally, as I was fighting on the outside – he was left-handed, fast – things became a bit more stressful for me. But I trusted my strike force and our strategy.”
Of all the advice that Mike Moffa gave you, what would be the most important to you?
Dierry Jean: “Shape in or shape out! (laughs). You’re 100-percent commited to achieving your goal, or you do not invest at all.”
What do you want to achieve in your career?
Dierry Jean: “I want to become world champion and successfully defend my title at least four or five times.”
Do you have any personal goals that you wish to accomplish in your life?
Dierry Jean: “I would like my family to be well; my daughter to be happy and for her to lack nothing. I would also like to open a boxing gym and, perhaps, become a coach.”
What advice would you give to anybody just starting out in boxing?
Dierry Jean: “You must follow your dreams and believe in yourself. Do not be discouraged by obstacles and always give 100-percent.”
For further information about Jean or any of his EOTTM stable-mates visit www.eottm.com, or follow EOTTM and Dierry on Twitter @eotmvd and @DierryJean.
Double Trouble 2 Line-Up
The bill for EJKO Promotions’ ‘Double Trouble 2’ show at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday, 16th November has been finalised.
It promises to be a real treat for Black Country Fight Fans with nine intriguing bouts including a British Title Eliminator and a British Masters Title fight.
Cradley’s Chris Male takes on Coventry’s Troy James in a British Super Featherweight Title Eliminator at the top of the bill whilst Stourbridge’s former Midlands Area Welterweight Champion, Steven Pearce takes on Stafford’s Rob Hunt for a British Masters Welterweight strap.
Walsall’s Chris Keane takes on former British Crusierweight Title Challenger, Micky Steeds, in his hometown as chief support to the two main contests.
There are six more battles on the action-packed card.
West Bromwich welterweight prospect, Tom Stokes, takes on the evergreen Danny Donchev and ‘Tipton Slasher’, Lee Glover, steps in with Igor Tsujev at super featherweight.
Stafford’s Grant Cunningham is also in action as he takes on the Pocklington Rocket, Harry Matthews. Matthews has been in with the likes of Chris Eubank Jr and Nick Blackwell, so will be another good test for the undefeated super middleweight.
Stoke lightweight, Andy Keates, features against the vastly experienced Bheki Moyo whilst Halesowen super middleweight Lennox Clarke debuts against Congo-born Didier Blanch. Tipton flyweight, Ainsley Ratcliffe, completes the line-up against an as yet unnamed opponent.
Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. The aftershow party will take place at The Pitch Sports Bar and Grill, Bridge Street, Walsall.
A New Challenge for Texas Super Welterweight Title Holder Hector Vazquez
“Life is hard. No one will hand you anything. You have to work for it, but you can’t quit,” explained Hector Vazquez of Irving, TX, the reigning super welterweight title holder, to a group of athletes he was encouraging at his Alma Mater, MacArthur High School in Irving on October 10, 2013. Hector made this comment shortly before finding out he was up for another challenge in his own life with perhaps the fight of his life.
As it turns out, Vazquez’s title challenger for the upcoming Bud Light Pro Fight 5 main event on October 19th. Salvador Amir Roa got injured while training for the title fight. The boxing commission would not allow Roa to fight due to the severity of his injury. Unfortunately for Hector, his remarks to the young athletes were foreshadowing of the more difficult opponent who has risen to take the challenge for the title on short notice.
Vazquez will now be facing the highly skilled Cory Yett from Austin, Texas. Since Yett and Vazquez already had a competitive fight in 2011, which Vazquez won by unanimous decision, Yett is only looking for one thing: retribution. Since determination often accompanies revenge, Vazquez knows he must be ready and keep his guard up on the 19th.
Fortunately, when Vazquez advises teenagers about overcoming adversity, he speaks from experience since he is no stranger to succeeding despite trials. For example, just a few months ago, Vazquez was able to win the Texas Super Welterweight Title after a long recuperation from a hand injury that required surgery. As a matter of fact, overcoming challenges seems to be the story of Vazquez’s professional career. He started off his professional career as the object of heavy recruitment from some of boxing’s best managers as a result of a solid amateur career which included 165 contests, multiple national titles and wins over top prospects such as current Welterweight Champion Adrien Broner. These successes led to Vazquez’s selection as the 2008 Olympic Alternate for Team Mexico. He started off winning a 1st round KO in his debut on national television. After a loss in his second contest, however, Vazquez found that the phone had stopped ringing and the opportunities were few.