Boxing Preview – Terence Crawford vs Dierry Jean

Boxing Preview – Terence Crawford vs Dierry Jean

3am) Terence Crawford vs Dierry Jean  

Big name Boxing continues this weekend. Following the events which went down in New York last weekend, this weekend sees Boxing return to the Midwest. Omaha, Nebraska will be the host to World championship Boxing. Although not often considered a Boxing hotbed, Omaha has seen a resurgence of the sport in the city following the successes of hometown boy, Terence Crawford, being projected into the global spotlight. He returns this Saturday and puts his WBO World super lightweight championship on the line against the determined Dierry Jean.

As the saying goes, styles make fights and whilst Terence Crawford is one of the best on the planet, Dierry Jean will be tough to break down, so we think this is going the distance. We’re backing over 8.5 total rounds with bet365 at odds of 4/6. Get a 100% deposit bonus when you click here or the banner below.

With the apparent retirement of Floyd Mayweather Jr, America was on the hunt for the next great American Boxing star. It looks like they may fill that void with Terence Crawford. Crawford is an undefeated, multi-division World champion who at 28 years old, is in the prime of his career which looks likely to only get better. With a decorated amateur resume and an already impressive professional career, Crawford is really turning some heads on the global stage. In June 2014, Crawford successfully stopped Yuriorkis Gamboa in the ninth round in his first championship defence of his WBO lightweight belt. He then defended it again in a decision shutout against Raymundo Beltran in November 2014. He most recently impressively stopped Thomas Dulorme in the sixth round in his first fight at super lightweight, winning the belt he defends this evening, in April 2015. His record stands perfect at 26 wins and 18 stoppages.

Crawford is part of a very small crop of Boxers who generally are perfectly well-rounded and largely have no obvious weaknesses. Just like Roman Gonzalez last week, he is incredibly versatile in both offence and defence. His best quality is his ability to make sudden adjustments to suit his opponent in the middle of a bout. He’s a great ring general with fantastic Boxing intelligence. This generally allows him to control the distance and tempo, thus allowing him to open up his opposition for a counter attack. The only qualms I can find for Crawford is that he can be a slightly slow starter (which doesn’t last long) and he has little experience against good opposition outside the lightweight division.

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Dierry Jean is a guy who doesn’t cross many Boxing fans mind as a constant contender, but he has been in with some great opposition in his quiet professional career. He battled some demons at the end of 2014, checking into rehab for alcohol and gambling dependency. He completed his stint successfully and has continued to excel his successful Boxing career since then, winning two on the bounce. Jean stopped Daniel Ruiz in the fifth round in September 2014, defending his NABF lightweight belt. He then put Carlos Manuel Reyes to the same fate in three rounds following his rehab stint in March 2015. He most recently earned an impressive victory over the solid Jerry Belmontes, earning a decision in June 2015. His record stands at 29 wins, 20 stoppages and 1 loss coming in his only World title fight against Lamont Peterson.

As formerly mentioned, Jean is a tough and rugged Boxer. He is quite happy getting forced into a brawl and he can bully his opponent with his inside punching. He’s never seen the canvas in his nine year career in the professionals. This ruggedness allows his to not be deterred by any offence his opponent may offer so he will take the fight to them. He is really conditioned and athletic also so he will hang around in the ring for as long as his opponent wants to take it. That being said, Jean is very predictable in his movement and can easily be channeled. He largely goes forward and backwards which means Boxers like Crawford who can easily adjust in the middle of a bout will be able to channel and time Jean perfectly.

In the midst of Crawford’s meteoric rise to stardom, a move up in weight and a challenge against Dierry Jean will really test him. The gulf in class is evident, but it’s Boxers like Jean who are incredibly tough to grind and breakdown that will really test the minerals that Crawford has. I think this fight may start slow. This will allow Jean to offer a bit of offence and win some rounds in the process. This slow start will see Crawford work out what Jean is offering and then make the adjustment in the approaching stretch to the middle period of the bout. This is when Crawford really starts to inject his authority in the bout and will then command the bout from the middle onwards. It’s very possible due to how explosive he was against Gamboa and Dulorme that Crawford earns a late-round stoppage, however I’m investing faith in the toughness of Jean and say that he sticks it out to the end, resulting in Crawford keeping the perfect record, earning a one-sided and strong unanimous decision victory.

Dan Glozier.

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