UBO Flashback: When Jo Jo Showed His Class On Short Notice

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It must be said that he did so on many occasions, but Canada-based Romanian Ionut Dan Ion, AKA Jo Jo Dan, really showed his class when he won the Universal Boxing Organization™ (UBO) Inter-Continental Welterweight title in July of 2011.


Jo Jo Dan was his fighting-name, adopted at some point around the time he turned professional in Toronto during the spring of 2004. Seven years later he had compiled a 28-1 record, losing only a WBC eliminator to Selcuk Aydin by split decision in Turkey.

Local man Floyd Trumpet was supposed to fight Guyana´s Iwan “Pure Gold” Azore (13-3-3) for the UBO Inter-Continental title in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on July 29, 2011, but had to pull out not long before the fight.

The promoters scrambled to find a replacement, and the call eventually came to the management of Dan, who agreed to take the trip on short notice. And the gamble paid off!


Dan, a southpaw, was a level or two above Azore, and had little trouble stopping him in three rounds to become UBO Champion in very impressive fashion.

In his next fight Dan lost a rematch to Aydin, again in Turkeu and by close decision, but after five victories in a row he went on to challenge Kell Brook for the IBF world title in 2015, losing when he retired on his stool after four rounds.

He never reached the same heights again, and retired in 2017 with a 36-5 (19) record. Besides the UBO title, he also won NABA and WBC Continental Americas belts.








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