ORANGE, Calif - Jake Giuriceo knew this was coming.
At 14-0-1, "The Bull" is off to an impressive professional start in the boxing world, but with each win comes bigger expectations and new challenges.
Giuriceo is set to fight Jamie Orrantia tonight at the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, Calif. in what may prove to be his biggest test to date. Orrantia (26-25-5, 9 KO) is a durable Mexican fighter and is regarded as a good barometer for testing new fighters.
But for Giuriceo, no matter the opponent or the location, once he gets in the ring it's all about being "The Bull."
"We've been training to get back to that," Giuriceo said. "Just being the aggressive fighter and putting it together with all of the boxing I've done. The boxing is coming so naturally now so we're trying to get back to that aggressive style."
Giuriceo has honed his skills the last year in California with former bantamweight contender Frankie Duarte along with his Youngstown trainer Keith Burnside of Burnside Boxing. A Campbell Memorial graduate, Giuriceo has amassed a large Mahoning Valley following much in part due to the nine fights he's had there. Tonight will mark the first time Giuriceo has fought in a state other than Ohio or Pennsylvania, but having spent so much time in California already, he's quite used to the surroundings.
"Training went really well," he said. "We had lots of good sparring. We're ready to go. Orrantia is a tough guy, has good head movement and likes to throw a lot of punches. We expect it to be a tough fight."
Giuriceo is showcasing for Thompson Promotions who is considering signing him to a contract for future fights depending on his performance tonight.
But Giuriceo is taking it in stride. He says he doesn't feel any added pressure showcasing for a promoter.
"It feels like another day at work," he said.
"It's a job. It's what I do. I'm gonna go out and fight to the best of my ability, put on a show, and lord willing get another victory."
Giuriceo is the third of four bouts in tonight's "Night of Champions." The fight is scheduled for six rounds.
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