Giuriceo, Koval ready for tonight

By John Bassetti


When the lights go on, Jake Giuriceo hopes that the lights go out — for Ramesis Gil, that is.

That’s Giuriceo’s objective for tonight’s Destruction on the Diamond professional boxing show put on by “Lights Out Promotions” at Cene Park.

Six bouts totaling 34 rounds are scheduled with Giuriceo-Gil the headliner under a tent at the baseball complex.

“I just want to give a good performance because Lights Out goes out of its way make me their main event and, because our fan base has been great I want to put a good show on,” said Giuriceo (12-0-1) before his weigh-in at DonaVito’s Restaurant on Friday. “Lord willing, I could bring home a victory.”

Giuriceo will be making his lightweight division debut after he weighed in at 1341/2. Gil, of the Dominican Republic, was 1331/2.

“It was kind of a team choice,” Giuriceo said of the decision to go down in weight after consultation with trainers Keith Burnside and Frank Duarte and manager Joe Corvino.

Giuriceo’s previous fights were in the super lightweight/junior welterweight division at 140 pounds.

“He’s strong, comes to fight and I’m prepared for him,” Jake said of Gil (6-2-4), who has five KOs out of his six wins.

Their fight is for eight rounds, same as the co-main bout between lightweights Miguel Gonzalez (18-2) and Tyrone Harris (24-7).

Giuriceo said that training went well.

“Everything I’ve been working on with Duarte has been coming together and it’s starting to feel more natural rather than mechanical,” Jake said of his four weeks of sparring sessions in southern California. I plan to show some of those skills that I’ve been picking up.”

Most recently, Giuriceo spent a week in Columbiana at Corvino’s home.

Prior to California, Giuriceo spent three weeks working on punches and hand movement.

Making weight may be harder for Giuriceo, but Duarte thinks it’s for the best.

“He feels better and moves well and I think you’ll see more knockouts,” the trainer from Los Angeles said.

This will be “The Bull’s” fourth fight since February.

“We’ve been staying very active and I feel really good,” Giuriceo said. “I may even be better than 100 percent. I may be 110. After this, though, I plan on relaxing. I don’t want to burn myself out. I’ve been going pretty strong this year.”

Giuriceo’s appearance at Cene represents back-to-back outdoor shows, following a July 1 fight at the Covelli Centre parking lot.

“They’re exciting shows and I’m glad to be a part of it and really glad to be the headline on this one. Inside or outside, I’m still going to perform as well as I can.”

Giuriceo said his 12-0-1 record represents a fighter still climbing the ladder.

“Hopefully, I’ll stay undefeated and, Lord willing, one day I’ll get the shot I’m looking for.”

Also on the card is Chris Koval of Austintown.

There will be 9 years difference between the 29-year-old Koval and James Porter of Terre Haute, Ind. (5-15-2).

Koval (24-7) said he last fought over a year ago.

Of his first 31 fights, the 218-pounder said: “I got away with being talented until I was fighting others who were just as talented. Now, I figured that I’d better put some hard work into it,” he said of better conditioning to get an edge.

“Before I regret it, I have a few more good years in me, so I’ll take it serious and see if I can compete at a high level. Hard work may make a difference.”

He and Porter, who weighed 2311/2, are scheduled for four rounds.

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