HBO Boxing pundit Harold Lederman has said that challenger Dierry Jean’s best hope is to build an early lead and hold on to it to take a decision against WBO World Super-Lightweight Champion Terence Crawford.
Haitian-born Canadian-based Jean (29-1, 20 KO) faces the biggest test of his career to date when he travels to Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, exclusively live in the UK on BoxNation this Saturday night from 1am.
Legendary pundit Lederman was clear in his assessment that Jean had a huge challenge on his hands facing Crawford in his own backyard, but believed his best chance was to capitalise on the defending champion’s habit of starting slow.
“Dierry Jean coming down from Canada is going to be a bad situation, because he's dealing with that home town crowd. The crowd gets to you. It gets to the judges, it gets to the fighters. It inspires Crawford,” Lederman said in his “Hey Harold!” fight preview for HBO.
“Dierry Jean is going to have to box, use his quick right hand, use the good combinations he throws, and try to build up a bid lead and not get knocked out, to win a decision.
“Terence Crawford is a slow starter. He's likely to give up the first five or six rounds. We saw him doing that against Yurikorkis Gamboa, who's a really good fighter.
Then we saw it with Thomas Dulorme on HBO. Terence Crawford just belting him out!
Without doubt, it's going to be a very interesting night of boxing"
You can see Lederman’s full HBO Boxing preview below: