By Greg Gulas
It seems as though the toughest opponent Jake Giuriceo has had to face when fighting on his home turf has been that of the matchmaker.
Back in May, Dedrick Bell of Memphis, literally an 11th hour replacement, fell to Giuriceo by a unanimous six-round decision.
This time, with just a week remaining until their “Destruction on the Diamond” card at Cene Park in Struthers on Aug. 13,, Mike Cefalde and his Lights Out Productions group finally was able to secure an opponent for Giuriceo, Ramesis Gil of the Dominican Republic.
“Everyone worked tirelessly around the clock in order to land Gil; an opponent that we truly believe is someone who matches up quite well with Jake,” Cefalde said.
Giuriceo, in California the past month work with trainer Frankie Duarte at Freddie Roach’s Los Angeles Wild Card Gym, knows very little about Gil but admits that being outside for the second time in six weeks has its advantages.
“Fighting outside hasn’t been much different for me, in fact I enjoy the heat and seem to function much better under hot conditions,” he said.
“I do know that Ramesis has had four draws so it seems as though he has come out on the short end of the stick despite putting up a good fight.”
Helping Giuriceo (12-0-1, 3 KOs) over the past month has been sparring partner Saidu Amadu, an up and coming featherweight from Ghana.
“He [Saidu] always keeps the pressure on me and that’s what I like,” said Giuriceo. “He’s taller than I am and that makes me concentrate more on my fundamentals.”
Gil (6-2-4, 5 KOs) is coming off an excellent amateur career but is looking to get back on the winning side of the ledger after dropping his last two fights; first to Mark Davis in May and to Darley Perez last December.
A right hander, Gil has knock-out power and has been compared to featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa of Miami.
Through translator Eddie Gonzales and trainer/manager Jerry Pons, Gil has the utmost respect for Giuriceo.
“We both have similar styles in the ring so it was a natural to take this fight.
“The way boxing goes, when you fight someone in their hometown you had better beat him convincingly every round or knock them out if you expect to win,” Gil said.
The co-main feature will pit Miguel “Silky Smooth” Gonzalez (18-2, 4 KOs) against Tyrone Harris (24-7, 16 KOs) of Lansing, Mich., while Austintown’s Chris Koval (24-7, 18 KOs), a heavyweight who goes by “Special K,” returns to the ring after a 14-month hiatus and 70 pounds lighter to take on James Porter (5-15-2, KO) of Terre Haute, Ind.
Five other fights will also dot the card that night.