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Canada's Jean looks to title fight with Peterson in January

The Canadian Press

11/12/2013 5:47:03 PM

MONTREAL -- Canadian light welterweight Dierry Jean will likely get his first shot at a world title in late January in New York, promoter Camille Estaphan said Tuesday.

Jean (25-0), of Montreal, is to face International Boxing Federation champion Lamont Peterson (31-2-1), whose promoter Golden Boy won a purse bid to stage the bout.

Estaphan said Golden Boy, which still has seven days to set a date, is looking at having the fight at the Barclays Center in New York, although Las Vegas remains an option.

"New York would be better because more of my fans can come," said Jean. "I see Peterson as a beatable opponent.

"He's a good boxer, but I wouldn't call him a complete athlete. He has shown some weaknesses in his career."

Estaphan, head of Eye of the Tiger Management, said Montreal heavyweight Bermane Stiverne may also get a title shot in 2014.

He said he was assured by handlers of WBC champion Vitali Klitschko that the Ukrainian's next bout will be a mandatory title defence against Stiverne, possibly in April.

If so, it could be a busy time for the 42-year-old Klitschko, who is a member of parliament in Ukraine and recently announced he will run for president.

"When a representative of Klitschko's company approaches you with a proposition, it's a sign that things are moving forward," said Estaphan, who returned this week from a WBC congress in Bangkok.

He also said that Montreal light welterweight Ghislain Maduma, currently ranked fourth, will have an elimination bout to try to become mandatory challenger for the WBC belt.

"Not only could we have three world title fights in 2014, but we could have three world champions from Quebec," Estaphan said.

The only Canadian currently holding a world title is Adonis Stevenson of Montreal, who will defend his WBC light heavywight belt Nov. 30 in Quebec City.

Eye of the Tiger also announced it has added welterweight contender Antonin Decarie to its stable. Decarie was previously with Stevenson's promoter Yvon Michel.