Since early December, Jake Giuriceo has been inactive. Giuriceo took a vicious head butt in his last fight that caused a detached retina and left an uncertain future in the sport he loves.
The butt came against Peter Oluoch on a December 1 card at Mountaineer.
Since December, “The Bull” has successfully undergone surgery to correct the retina, but will not be cleared until the second part of the process happens.
“I have to have cataract surgery now”, said Giuriceo. “I go see the doctor on February 13, that is my next step.”
If Giuriceo gets clearance he said he is leaning toward continuing his career.
“I miss it. I am jogging and shadow boxing to stay in shape, but I really love boxing and hope to be able to come back. It’s in the Lord’s hands.”
Giuriceo will turn 28 on February 25th, an age too young to retire from boxing in his mind.
“Just about everyone is saying that it is enough and that I should probably retire. My wife is on the same page with me and I really don’t feel like it is over”, said Giuriceo.
The Bull also touched on the recent retirement of Kelly Pavlik.
“I have been very happy to see a Youngstown guy do so well”, said Giuriceo. “He can’t get the fights he wants, so basically he is walking away. I wanted to see him fight for another title, but if nobody wants to give him a good shot at a big fight, he did the right thing by choosing to not beat himself up over smaller paydays. He really did a lot for this area.”
Giuriceo (16-2-1) is still the same person he was, staying in great shape and currently tipping the scales at 154, and remaining a busy guy. With his future in boxing in question, he hasn’t changed much in his daily routine.
“I still get up and go to work”, said Giuriceo. “I come home and still work out. My wife and I are looking to buy a house in the area and have been busy with that. I also continue going to church and my Bible study on Sundays and Wednesdays.”
So for now, Giuriceo awaits some big decisions which he has no control of. If he gets the green light from the medics, he would probably stop at the gym to spar on his way home. The waiting game is in session and The Bull can almost see red again.