Former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice will be getting in the ring this October for his first-ever celebrity boxing match, and his opponent has finally been revealed. According to TMZ, Giudice will fight actor, producer, and Jennifer Lopez’s ex-husband, Ojani Noa.
Noa and Lopez’s short marriage lasted from 1997 to 1998. He was born in Cuba, and he met Lopez when he was a server at Gloria Estefan’s Miami restaurant. In the 2000s, Noa acted in three films: Rapping-n-Rhyming in 2002, Irish Eyes in 2004, and Eye See Me in 2007.
Last month, Giudice signed a deal with celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman to fight in the Bahamas on October 24. Feldman is the person who set up the match between Saved By the Bell alum Dustin Diamond and “Bagel Boss Guy” Chris Morgan last September.
However, that match never took place after Morgan reportedly ditched the event, which led to Feldman suing him.
“Joe Giudice and Damon Feldman are a match made in celebrity boxing heaven,” James J. Leonard, the Giudice family attorney, said when Joe signed his deal. “Joe is the Mike Tyson of celebrity fighters and Damon is the Don King of celebrity promoters. It’s going to be a very entertaining event.”
Leonard added that Giudice is “training and taking this very seriously,” and he believes that a lot of “familiar faces” will travel to the Bahamas this fall to support the former RHONJ star.
As fans know, Giudice slimmed down significantly when he was serving his 41-month prison sentence for bankruptcy fraud. In September 2019 – just one month before his release from an ICE detention center – it was revealed that he wanted to become an MMA fighter when he was back in the free world.
When Joe Giudice and Ojani Noa go head-to-head in the boxing ring, there will be three rounds that will last 90 seconds each.
In addition to celebrity boxing, Giudice is also returning to the world of reality TV with his new cooking competition show called Juicy Joe’s Cucina: From Italy to Jersey. Filming is scheduled to begin this summer, and will be available for streaming on the Red Coral app when the first season is completed.
“Joe’s side of the family will definitely be participating,” revealed executive producer Robyn Levy. “He appreciates his family’s involvement and support. At this time we can’t confirm whether Teresa [Giudice] will be taking part because of her contract with Bravo. But Joe hopes that his four daughters — Gia, Milania, Gabriella and Audriana — will join him virtually.”