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May 10, 2013

Welterweights top tonight's TV card at Buffalo Run

Showtime boxing returns to Buffalo Run Casino tonight as two junior welterweight contenders will fight with a title shot on the line.

The six-fight card by Holden Productions, which starts at 8, features a 12-round bout between Dierry “Dougy Style” Jean (24-0-0, 16 KOs) and Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (17-3-1, 6 KOs) as the main event.

The winner of Jean and Pendarvis will receive a future IBF title fight in the 140-pound division against either Lamont Peterson or Lucas Matthysse. Peterson, the current IBF junior welterweight champ, faces Matthysse on May 18 in Atlantic City.

Jean and Pendarvis will both be making their debuts on Showtime boxing.

“I can’t lie. This is the biggest fight of my career,” said Jean, 31, of Canada. “I’m very excited and totally prepared for this opportunity. I appreciate everybody who made this fight happen.

“I’m one step from a world title shot, but all my focus is on this one fight. I know I have to take it one fight at a time. There is some pressure, of course, fighting in front of a huge TV audience. But it’s a good pressure, a positive pressure.”

Pendarvis, a 26-year-old southpaw from Los Angeles, sparred with former world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley to prepare for tonight’s fight.

“I’m ready to prove myself,” Pendarvis said. “I truly believe in myself. He’s got the undefeated record, but I’ve fought better than he has and I have more skills than the guys he’s fought.

“I’m ready for anything. I feel I can adapt to anything. I’m going to do what I have to do to get the win.”

Showtime’s coverage will begin at 10 and will broadcast the main event, as well as a WBC Latino middleweight (155 pound) eight-round title fight between John “Apollo Kidd” Thompson (11-0-0, 4 KOs) and Giovany “Tarantula” Rodriguez (8-0-0, 5 KOs).

Thompson, 24, of Newark, N.J., was a bronze medalist in the 2007 National Golden Gloves Championships. The 6-1 Thompson should have a reach advantage against Rodriguez, who is 5-11.

“I’m going to do what I do best and that is box and use my height and reach,” Thompson said. “I love to fight and mix it up, but my job is to box well and keep my poise.”

Rodriguez said he’s not concerned about Thompson’s size.

“I don’t know anything about my opponent except that he’s tall and likes to move a lot,” he said. “But I’ve fought tall guys who move before, so that will not be a problem.”

The undercard will have four non-televised fights, including an eight-round bout between welterweights Ahmad Cheiko, of Canada, and Shad Howard, of Russellville, Mo.

Tickets are priced at $25, $40 and $60 and are available at www.buffalorun.com or by calling the box office at 918-542-7140. Doors open at 7.

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