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‘The Bull’ wins belt

Jake Giuriceo looks ahead after capturing UBO American lightweight title

November 20, 2011
B.J. LISKO - Salem News Sports Editor ( , Salem News

CAMPBELL - Campbell's Jake Giuriceo (14-0-1) captured the Universal Boxing Organization's American lightweight championship with a unanimous decision over New Jersey native Bryne Green (7-5-1) at Saturday night's "November Fury" card at the St. Lucy Palermo Center in Campbell.

Judge Phil Rogers scored the fight 96-94, Mike Wick 97-93 and Pat Casey 99-91.

In the ring Giuriceo could be heard saying "I won every round" as the 10-round fight concluded.

While he nearly did in one judge's eyes, "The Bull" maintained control throughout and was clearly the aggressor despite a methodical approach to Green who has never been knocked out in his 13 professional fights.

"He was a very tough kid," Giuriceo said. "He definitely came to win that belt. He just came off a pretty good upset victory and he was ready."

Despite his 14 wins, Giuriceo has won just three of them by knockout, something he feels his camp will continue to address as it moves forward.

"I knew going in Joe (Corvino, Jake's manager) wanted a knockout," Giuriceo said with a laugh. "We trained in camp for power shots, but Frankie (Duarte, trainer) just kept telling me to fight my fight. He thought I was doing a lot of things we worked on in camp. I felt like I landed some pretty good shots, but Green has never been stopped. If there had been a spot to go for a knockout I would have, but a win is a win. If I get the win, I'm happy."

As for his immediate plans, Giuriceo will be taking at least a few months off in which time he plans to get married.

As for defending his belt, it looks like he might possibly fight in February, and the rumors of an televised ESPN bout are still floating around.

"Every time they've said that though nothing has come of it," Giuriceo said. "So we're not gonna get ahead of ourselves with that. We'll just wait and see what happens."

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