Anthony Young is now a perfect 5-0 as a professional.
“Juice” Defeats Scrappy Christian Steele via Unanimous Decision
Rising welterweight prospect Anthony “Juice” Young (5-0, 2 KOs) was back in action on Wednesday night, battling a gritty Christian Steele (2-4, 1 KO) at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey. The bout was the first six-round affair in the career of the young Atlantic City native, and he used crafty head and foot movement to emerge victorious by unanimous decision at the conclusion of the fight.
“I was trying to counter him, but I was trying to land them too hard instead of using my speed like my trainer and corner said - use the speed and set him up,” said Young, who had the scrappy Steele hurt on a few occasions. “I was trying to take him out with one punch, but he kept dipping his head down, and he was making me miss a little bit. He held a lot, but I like to fight inside, so it didn’t matter.”
Young was greeted by a nice group of supporters when he made his to the ring, and that energy had him starting fast once the opening bell rang. He started working head to body combinations on Steele, and he was throwing punches in bunches. He was making things difficult for his opponent from the onset, using some deceptive head and body movement while working well off the pivot.
In the second round, Young rocked his opposition with a left cross early that had him wobbled. Despite Young going on the attack and continuing to land some solid follow-up shots, Steele was able to pull him into the clinch enough to recover and made it through the frame. Over the next two rounds, Steele showed his grit in continuing to come forward after eating some hard punches, and consistent chants of ‘Let’s Go, Juice!’ started to really inspire Young to turn up the tempo. The New Jersey native closed out the fourth frame with a flush left-right combo that again hurt his opponent and had him looking to capitalize, but the bell sounded before he could finish off the job.
Originally scheduled to be a four-round bout until a late change on Tuesday evening, the two combatants then headed into the fifth frame, which was the first time Young had been there as a professional.
“Being that it was unchartered territory, the fifth round kind of caught me by surprise,” Young admitted. “I didn’t feel tired or anything, but I felt like I took it off the pedal a little bit in the fifth round. So I knew in the sixth round, I knew I had to dig, and I came out like it was the first round. I tried to get the stop, but he stuck in there. He survived. I had him hurt a couple times. I just couldn’t get him out of there.”
Young truly did turn up the volume in the final frame, bouncing in and out of confrontation with fresh legs. Steele continued to prove he was a hard-nosed opponent, and he stood in there and engaged, loading up on some overhand rights with a go for broke approach. However, the deceptive head and body movement of Young kept him clean, and he finished off the fight peppering his opposition with a flurry on the ropes as the final bell rang.
At this time, six tough rounds were in the books, and the assistance of the ringside judges would be needed. All three of them agreed that Young won four frames, and he took the unanimous decision with flush 58-56 tallies.
In what has already been a busy 2012 for him, Young will be returning to the ring next month at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, fighting on the undercard of an ESPN Friday Night Fights show on July 27th.
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