Jo Jo to Get Busy with Bizier

By Clarence George on October 26, 2013
Jo Jo to Get Busy with Bizier
Jo Jo Dan should have enough to eke out a win by close unanimous or split decision.

I’m tempted to call it a draw. But “Draw!” is what your mother calls when you and your brother have a wrestling match…

“Only the Dead Know Brooklyn.”—Thomas Wolfe

Maybe the dead do, but apparently Ionut Dan Ion won’t. The welterweight was scheduled to fight in that borough’s Aviator Sports Complex on November 9, but an opponent has yet to be named, and it doesn’t look like one will be. The Romanian welterweight, who now fights out of Canada, will instead face fellow Canadian Kevin Bizier over a slated 12 rounds at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec on November 30. At stake are Bizier’s NABA welterweight and IBF intercontinental welterweight titles.

“Jo Jo” Dan, a nine-year ring veteran (31-2, 17 KOs), fought once last year, stopping Franklin Gonzalez by fifth-round TKO in December, and once this year, beating Damian Frias by unanimous decision in April. The 32-year-old southpaw lost twice to Selcuk Aydin, by split decision in 2010 and by unanimous decision the following year. 

Twenty-nine-year-old Bizier, a five-year pro (21-0, 14 KOs), won the vacant NABA title by defeating Lanardo Tyner by unanimous decision in 2011 and the vacant IBF strap by retiring Nate Campbell in the eighth in February of this year. His second fight this year was a unanimous decision win over Giuseppe Lauri in September. He fought twice in 2012, stopping Patryk Litkiewicz by first-round KO in October and beating Doel Carrasquillo by unanimous decision in December.

A tough one to call. In fact, I’m tempted to call it a draw. But “Draw!” is what your mother calls when you and your brother have a wrestling match and she doesn’t want to play favorites even though you’re the clear winner. Anyway…Jo Jo is the more experienced fighter, and that should be just enough for him to eke out a win by close unanimous or split decision.

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