JOEL ‘BIG JOE’ DJEKO fights May 12th for cruiserweight title
On Saturday, May 12th, Belgium cruiserweight sensation JOEL ‘BIG JOE’ DJEKO (12-2-1 7KO’s) will take on undefeated Argentinian, MARIANO ANGEL GUDINO (12-0 7KO’s) for the IBO CONTINENTAL CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE at the Versluys Dôme in Ostend, Belgium.
Djeko is coming off of a dominant TKO performance over Tamas Kozma in his hometown of Belgium in September. Ahead of the May 12th tilt, Djeko went abroad to train in Cypress at the famous Touch Glove Gym. As a highly regarded prospect in the Cruiserweight division, Djeko knows that a victory on May 12th will not only win him a title, but will be the next step towards the ultimate goal of fighting for a world title.
Djeko will look to use his massive frame, and quick feet to cut the ring off to attack Gudino. With seven KO’s in twelve wins, Djeko will certainly bring the power to the Versluys Dôme, on May 12th.
Djeko had this to say about his upcoming bout, “It is an important date because a victory would bring me closer to my ultimate goal, which is a world chance. He is a high-level opponent but I advise the public to be on time because I intend to solve the problem very quickly.”
The undefeated, thirty-year-old, Gudino, is currently ranked 39th by the WBC, holds the WBC Latino Cruiserweight Title and will be fighting in Belgium for the first time. This bout will have no shortage of power as Gudino has knocked out more than half of his opponents during his undefeated streak. As his first bout outside of Argentina, Gudino looks to use a victory to increase his global appeal.
Gudino had these comments about May 12th, “Joel Djeko is a very good boxer. Despite his height, he is very fast and very mobile. I think it will be a very intense fight that should please the public. He must know that I am ready for war and that I intend to add this title to my record.”
YASSINE MAATALA, Djeko’s manager had this to say about Djeko’s opportunity, “We know that the task will be tough in front of us because we have a very well ranked opponent who is undefeated and holds a WBC title. We also know that a victory would give us a lot of opportunities and we are doing our best to keep the belt at home.”
President of Star Boxing, JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say, “We are excited about Djeko’s upcoming bout, and the future of his career. A win on May 12th is another stepping stone to the ultimate goal of fighting for a cruiserweight world title. I expect a very exciting fight and congratulate both fighters. It’s refreshing to see two highly regarded prospects put their great records on the line. It is a testament to their desire to get to the top.”
The Co-Main Event will be a much-anticipated fight for the Middleweight IBO Mediterranean title between two undefeated rising stars when, Danish, Landry “Hard” Kore (7-0 3KO’s) faces Armenian, Armen Ypremyan (8-0-2 3KO’s).
Pound 4 Pound Boxing is presented by Maatala Production and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.