GOLD CANYON, Ariz. - Following his 15th professional victory Saturday night, Jake Giuriceo got some well-deserved rest and relaxation at his manager's Gold Canyon retreat in Arizona.
Giuriceo showcased for Thompson Promotions in Orange, Calif. against Mexican journeyman Jamie Orrantia. Orrantia has generally been held as good barometer for promising fighters. If that is indeed the case, Giuriceo passed Saturday night's test with flying colors.
The Universal Boxing Organization's All-American Lightweight Champion earned a unanimous decision 60-54 on all three judges' cards.
"Everything went good," Giuriceo said. "I came out aggressive. He was a hard guy to hit. He was awkward but he knew how to use the ring."
Giuriceo (15-0-1, 3 KO) said Orrantia (26-25-5, 9 KO) moved backwards quite a bit in the fight so he had to be the aggressor. It's something he's quite accustomed to.
"He was basically on defense the whole time,"Giuriceo said. "That's how it ended up. I was doing all the work which is why I got the decision from all three judges."
According to Giuriceo, Thompson Promotions contacted his manager Joe Corvino (owner of PHD Manufacturing in Columbiana) after the fight.
"They were impressed and happy with the outcome," Giuriceo said. "They were happy with the win and said I handled myself great, but they expected me to do more with the opponent. I don't know exactly what they're talking about, maybe they expected me to knock the guy out. But they said they would be in touch."
Even if nothing comes of the trip west, Giuriceo knows a win is still a win, and in the professional boxing ranks, he'll take it every single day of the week.
"I was a little overanxious," Giuriceo said of trying to perform for the promoter. "I wanted to be aggressive and impressive, so I wasted a lot of punches to a degree. But it's a learning experience and something we can work on."
Giuriceo is set to marry Campbell native Jaclyn Mazias May 20, but it's looking like he'll fight again prior to his wedding once again on a Mahoning Valley card.
Southside Boxing owner and trainer Jack Loew is putting together a fight for April 27 as has offered Giuriceo a spot on the bill.
He'd like nothing more than to keep adding to the win column, but admits he didn't think he'd reach 15 wins quite this quickly.
"I though it would take a little bit longer honestly," he said. "I just thank the Lord for keeping me healthy and safe. I've been very fortunate and blessed to not have one time where a fight has completely fallen through."
E-mail B.J. Lisko at firstname.lastname@example.org