By Jim Flick
Angel Hernandez had a devil of a time against Jake Giuriceo on Saturday night.
Giuriceo knocked Hernandez (14-12) down once in the first round and twice more in the third before Hernandez’s corner stopped the fight between the third and fourth rounds in a scheduled six-round light welterweight bout at the Byzantine Center.
“The difference was the body shots I was giving him,” Giuriceo said. “I took my time and the punches came.”
Giuriceo (9-0-1, 3 KOs), a Campbell High graduate, has won five straight bouts since fighting to a draw against Clevelander Henry White on the undercard of Kelly Pavlik’s bout at Beeghly Center in December of 2009.
This was his first knockout win since June of 2009, a span of eight bouts.
Afterward, Giuriceo said his handlers have been contacted by ESPN about possibly fighting on the network. He spent time in California before the bout training with Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini.
“I’m eager to get back in the ring,” said Giuriceo, who trains locally under Keith Burnside at the downtown gym. “I’m not hurt at all.”
In the co-feature, lightweight Dannie Williams (16-1) of St. Louis won a unanimous decision against Harrison Cuello (20-15).
Williams, who trains under Jack Loew at the Southside Boxing Club, knocked Cuello down in the third round just before the bell. He knocked him down again in the fourth after backing up against the ropes.
He scored a third and final knockdown in the eighth round but Cuello — who has been knocked out just five times — was able to survive.
All three referees scored the fight 80-69 in favor of Williams.