Dierry Jean Announces Arrival as 140-Pound Threat with TKO of Cleotis Pendarvis

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Dierry Jean Announces Arrival as 140-Pound Threat with TKO of Cleotis Pendarvis

Nearly three years ago on a trip to Montreal for the light heavyweight clash between Jean Pascal and Chad Dawson, the one fighter on the undercard who made an impression on me was Dierry Jean. Watching him struggle with Cleotis Pendarvis on ShoBox Friday night through three rounds, I began to wonder whether I had overrated him back then. But with a deep gash in his eye at the start of the 4th round, Jean found a laser overhand right that put Pendarvis down and nearly out. Suddenly, I was wondering whether I had, in fact, underrated him. Jean closed the show with his badly hurt opponent against the ropes and the referee had no choice but to step in and call it a technical knockout.

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