We are coming up on fight week for the Lamont Peterson-Dierry Jean championship title card on Saturday, January 25 at the DC Armory.
As of now, here is how the card looks. The card will have five Beltway Boxers. Of course, there is the main event as Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KO's) defends the IBF Junior Welterweight title against the undefeated Jean of Montreal, CA by way of Haiti (25-0, 17 KO's).
In an eight-round encounter, undefeated DC middleweight Dominic Wade will take on veteran Dashon Johnson of Escondido, CA. Wade (13-0, 10 KO's) scored a first-round TKO over Roberto Ventura on October 26 in Atlantic City, NJ. Johnson (15-3-3, five KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Craig McEwan on December 4 in New York City.
Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius Ballard will battle in his home area for the first time as a pro when he faces Marlon Farr of Zephyrhills, FL in a six-round contest. Ballard (3-0, two KO's) went the distance for the first time as a pro in his last outing, winning a four-round unanimous decision over Lekan Bayfield on September 30 in Brooklyn, NY. This will be Ballard's first six-round encounter. Farr (3-3) is coming off a four-round split decision over Rashad Jones on November 16 in St. Petersburg, FL.
Former world title contender Daniel "The Prophet" Attah of DC will face knockout artist Robert Easter of Cincinnati, OH in an eight-round lightweight contest. Attah (28-17-1 11 KO's) has lost four straight and has been stopped in his last three. That may mean that things will not bode well for Attah against Easter (8-0, eight KO's) who has not let an opponent go past the third round.
Also, Baltimore, MD junior welterweight Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr. will be on the card facing prospect Semajay Thomas of Chicago, IL in a four-round contest. Womack (4-2-1, two KO's) is coming off a spirited four-round draw against Yurii Polischuk on November 23 in Baltimore, MD. Thomas (1-0) made his pro debut on August 30 in Cicero, IL and won a four-round unanimous decision over Anthony Willis.
The co-feature on the card is a 10-round contest between undefeated junior middleweight Jermell "Iron Man" Charlo of Houston, TX (22-0, 11 KO's) and two-time world title contender Gabriel "King" Rosado (21-7, 13 KO's) of Philadelphia, PA.
There are also three former United States Olympians slated to be on the card. Three-time Olympian (2004, 2008, 2012) Rau'shee Warren of Cincinnati, OH (9-0, three KO's) is scheduled to be in an eight-round encounter, 2008 Olympian Raynell Williams (2-0, two KO's) of Cleveland, OH is slated to battle in a four-rounder while 2012 team member Jamel Herring (6-0, four KO's) of Coram, NY will be in a four-round contest. No word yet on their opponents.
Now, here is how the fight week schedule will look. I am being told that EVERYTHING is open to the public.
Wednesday, January 22 -- There will be open workouts for the boxers in the main event and the co-feature held at Kennedy Recreation Center located at 1401 7th Street, NW in DC. Here are the scheduled times:
5:00 -- Gabriel Rosado
5:30 -- Dierry Jean
6:00 -- Jermell Charlo
6:30 -- Lamont Peterson
Thursday, January 23 -- The final press conference will be held at The Hamilton Live, 600 14th Street, NW in DC beginning at 1 PM. Space may be limited for this event.
Friday, January 24 -- The Official Weigh-in will be held at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th Street, NW in Renaissance Ballroom B starting at 3 PM, doors opening at 2:30 PM.
Saturday, January 25 is Fight Night -- The doors open at the DC Armory at 4 PM. The first fight gets underway at 4:20 PM.
For those watching at home, the Showtime Extreme telecast will get underway at 7 PM ET. The Showtime Championship Boxing broadcast will begin at 9 PM (I may have said 10 on the wrap-up but it is nine) ET.