Opponent finally found for Giuriceo


What: Thrill on the Hill, presented by Lights Out Management and featuring Jake Giuriceo

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Where: St. Lucy’s Banquet

Center, Campbell.

Tickets: Available at the door

By Greg Gulas



Jake Giuriceo has an opponent — finally.

Organizers of tonight’s “Thrill on the Hill” card at St. Lucy’s Banquet Center had been frantically looking for a replacement to fight Giuriceo, the light welterweight from Struthers, after the original opponent, Rod Salka, was scratched for medial reasons on Tuesday.

Dedrick Bell (6-7, 4 KOs) out of Memphis will be the new opponent.

“I honestly do not know a thing about Dedrick, other than the fact that he is durable and taller than me by a good 4 inches,” said Giuriceo. “He’s an orthodox fighter and I fight that way so we should be fine in that area.”

Frankie Duarte, who helped train Giuriceo for five weeks in Los Angeles, doesn’t foresee a problem in fighting an opponent on such short notice.

“Jake is in great shape. He’s actually in better shape and more prepared than he was for his [February] bout against Angel Hernandez at the Byzantine Center,” said Duarte.

The eight-round Giuriceo-Bell fight will take place before the 10-round WBF light welterweight title clash between Chris Fernandez and Miguel Gonzalez.

“Fighting on such short notice is not a problem for me because I don’t take time off from the gym,” said Bell. “I’m in shape, ready to go and looking forward to it. It will be an interesting night.”

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