YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Campbell native Jake Giuriceo will be the most experienced fighter on the card Saturday for Southside Boxing’s “Championship Night” outdoors at the Covelli Centre.
It will be the 26th professional fight for “The Bull,” and his 7th since a devastating injury back in 2012.
Giuriceo took an elbow to the head during a fight and suffered a torn retina. It’s an injury that will end most careers. It took Giuriceo 18 months to recover.
“Going through the whole experience, I think was partially starting to tear through boxing just from the punches you take,” Giuriceo said. “You think you’re dodging them, but everyone does a little bit of damage. But the whole time me and my wife were talking because I didn’t feel like it was over yet. I didn’t feel like it was time to be done. I didn’t feel like the Lord was putting on my heart, alright Jake boxing is done for you. I felt like I was going to fight again. And it’s funny, because, at the time, I was almost blind. I couldn’t see nothing out of my right eye, so I had to ask my wife all the time after I shaved, hey did I miss anything. She had to look at me, but I’m just happy to be back. I enjoy it so much, and I just thank god that he’s allowing me to fight.”
Giuriceo will face Jose Abreu Saturday night in the first televised fight. “Championship Night” will air Saturday night at 8PM on MyYTV.