CHESTER, W. Va. - Jake Giuriceo hoped his return to the ring could erase the sting of a July loss in Columbus. Unfortunately for "The Bull," a cut he sustained ended his fight early and sent him to a split decision loss against Peter Oluoch.
As the bell sounded to end the fifth round of the junior welterweight fight, the two fighters clashed heads resulting in a severe cut on the head of Giuriceo.
After going to his corner, the fight was eventually stopped due to the cut sending the decision to the scorecards.
Two judges had the bout scored for Oluoch (49-46 and 48-47), while the other had Giuriceo up, 48-47.
"In the corner, I was asking them to give me one more round," Giuriceo said. "But, it didn't bother me that they stopped it because I felt like I was ahead. I was comfortable going to the cards.
"Apparently, the judges saw it differently. I was definitely disappointed."
The loss is the second straight for Giuriceo who started his pro career at 16-0-1.
"Honestly, I thought I was winning the fight," he said. "I feel like I'm my best critic when I'm not performing, but I thought I was winning rounds."
Despite back to back losses, Giuriceo said he will push on.
"Naturally, it will slow me down a little," he said. "It will probably be harder for me to get the fights we want, but it doesn't discourage me. I wasn't seriously hurt or injured in either of my last two fights."