By Greg Gulas
As hometown favorite Jake Giuriceo (13-0-1, 3 KOs) prepares to highlight the upcoming “November Fury” nine-bout card at Campbell’s St. Lucy Palermo Center, he said he is ready to take on Bryne Green (7-4-1, 3 KOs).
The Universal Boxing Organization’s light welterweight belt is on the line for Giuriceo, who makes his eighth appearance in front of his hometown fans.
The scheduled 10-round match-up against Green will be Giuriceo’s first time in the ring since scoring a unanimous, eight-round decision over Ramesis Gil in the outdoor feature at Struthers’ Bob Cene Park on August 13.
“I am very excited and I thank God for this opportunity. The Lord willing, I’ll get the belt,” said Giuriceo.
“Green’s record is deceiving but trust me, fighters with records around the .500 mark are tough to prepare for because they go all out once inside the ring,” he added.
Giuriceo has been sparring four times a week while training in Maywood, Calif., for his first 10-round fight.
He has gone the distance in 10 of his past 11 fights — the only exemption was on February 19 when Angel Hernandez retired after the third round — he realizes he had better be in top shape.
“I have been sparring with several excellent fighters, including Ponce de Leon and Miguel Vasquez; fighters who have more than helped prepare me for the past several weeks,” said Giuriceo.
“The training has been the same, except that Frankie [Duarte] has me paying more attention to my head movement and focusing on landing power shots,” he added.
Green, from Vineland, N.J., said he is ready to go as well.
“I welcome the opportunity to fight Jake, especially on his turf,” he said. “I am in shape, working hard and will be ready to go come Nov. 19th.”
The card will also feature Youngstown’s Chris Koval (25-6, 18 KOs), who will take on Mujaheed Moore (4-6, 3 KOs) of Shaker Heights in a heavyweight clash, and Youngstown middleweight Durrell Richardson (12-3, 5 KOs) and lightweight Miguel Gonzales (20-2, 15 KOs) of Cleveland.
The card, by Lights Out Promotions, will also showcase junior middleweight Dante Moore (6-0-1, 4 KOs) of Cleveland who like Richardson and Gonzales, is awaiting confirmation of an opponent.
“The exciting thing about this card is that it could lead to national exposure for the Valley,” said promoter Mike Cefalde. “The fact that this could lead to a televised match on ESPN makes the card very appealing.”
Also ready to fight is Warren lightweight Marco Hall (1-0, KO) who will take on Roberto Harris of Columbus, who will be making his professional debut. Super middleweight Roberto Acevedo (1-0) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will meet Delvery Wofford (0-1) of Dallas.
Other notable fights include Youngstown cruiserweight Juan Salinas (0-1), who will meet David Burns (0-2) of Cleveland; Youngstown’s Vinny O’Neil (2-1-1, 2 KOs), who takes on Cleveland’s Derrick Moss (1-0) in a welterweight pairing and Hector Martinez (7-5, 4 KOs) of Broderick, Calif., who will take on Romero Rene (12-0) of Georgia in a heavyweight bout.