Undefeated Terence “Bud” Crawford, Omaha’s favorite son, will make a homecoming defense of his junior welterweight title against Dierry “Dougy Style” Jean, Saturday, October 24, at CenturyLink Center Omaha, televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing at 9:30 p.m. ET.
The two warriors boast a near-perfect combined record of 55-1 (38 KOs) — a winning ratio of 98% with nearly 70% of those victories coming by way of knockout.
“I will be totally prepared for whatever Dierry Jean brings to the ring,” said Crawford.
“I love this big event as it is not often Omaha fans get to attend a prize fight live on HBO.”
“I just can’t wait! I want this. I’m hungry,” said Jean.
“Crawford is the HBO darling who is supposed to be the next big thing but I will hurt him. Mark my words! I will be crowned world champion on October 24th.”
“Terence is well on his way to topping his breakout year in 2014 where he won three career-best world championship victories en route to earning Fighter of the Year accolades,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.
“Now that Terence is a two-division world champion he will be bringing that momentum on October 24 when he returns home to the great fans of Omaha and to HBO, defending his newly-won junior welterweight world title against the Canadian cold front known as Dierry Jean, who has iced seven of his last ten opponents.”
“This is a BIG fight for Terence. Dierry Jean is an excellent fighter and Terence knows it,” said Cameron Dunkin, Crawford’s co-manager.
“Terence is very focused and is training harder than ever anticipating a very competitive fight. Believe me, Terence will be ready!”
“Dierry Jean is recognized by most observers as one of the most talented boxers to ever come out of Canada,” said Camille Estephan, Jean’s manager.
“His lone loss was in his first world title challenge and he doesn’t want to miss his chance for a world title this time. Dierry wants to fulfill his potential and I believe he’s learned from his world title shot experience in January 2014. It’s great that we have a chance at redemption and October 24th will be his moment. This fight has the makings of a great battle for the fans.”
“In 2014 lightweight champion Terence Crawford emerged as a superstar earning Fighter of the Year honors,” said Peter Nelson, vice president of programming, HBO Sports.
“He kicked off 2015 with a huge statement by moving up to a new division and knocking out Thomas Dulorme to remain undefeated and become a world champ at 140 pounds. Now Terence will defend his new title against Canada’s Dierry Jean who has won his last four bouts and looks to upset the champion before a partisan hometown crowd in Omaha.”
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Crawford vs. Jean world championship event go on sale at 2:00 p.m. CT Today, priced from $27-$127, tickets are available online at ticketmaster.com.