Young is now 6-0 as a professional fighter.
“Juice” Defeats Richard Andrews at Resorts Casino
Anthony “Juice” Young (6-0, 2 KOs) was back in action at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, facing a scrappy Richard Andrews (3-2-3, 1 KO) as part of the latest installment of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Andrews brought a wild style of fighting to the affair, but Young was able to hold off his aggression and emerged victorious via an eventual majority decision.
“He was a tough, tough fighter,” Young admitted after the bout. “I don’t ever underestimate anybody, so I’m always prepared for whatever. He was tougher than I expected. I’ve seen his videos, and I knew he was going to be tough. We just had to bite down. I can’t please everybody. All I can do is get the win now, look good later.”
The action was fast and furious from the onset of this pairing, with a rapid pace being maintained for the entire four rounds. Andrews was rather reckless in his aggression, but he was able to accommodate that style with a very good motor. Young countered his attack by being the better boxer, looking to chop down from the body while dipping in and out of confrontation. The Atlantic City native also took a switch footing approach on occasion that would temporarily confuse his opposition, and he used those moments to unload some combo work. The wild nature of Andrews did make it pretty difficult for Young to work, and he had to repeatedly push him off in an attempt to create some separation. Many of the punches thrown by Andrews had no resolute destination, while Young landed much more precisely throughout the encounter. All in all, the end result of this four-rounder was a very entertaining fight.
“I was the swing bout, so a lot of people stayed just to watch me fight,” Young stated. “I really wanted to put on a strong performance. I didn’t perform how I think I can perform. I still think the best is yet to come. You still haven’t seen the best Juice. There are a lot more tricks up these sleeves.”
Serving as the swing bout gave Young the possibility of making it onto the live telecast of Friday Night Fights, but, after both 10-round features went the distance, time had elapsed on the ESPN window when he finally got the knock on his locker room door. A negative aspect of that gamble is that Young remained backstage with no real knowledge of when he would be competing, going from warming up to cold on many occasions.
“You have to do what you do,” he said of how you deal with the uncertainty. “I’m not going to sit here and say it was hard. Back there, you just have to be patient. If somebody goes out there and gets knocked out, you have to be ready. If not, you have to be willing to wait. We took the swing bout hoping to get on TV. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way. We have live with the decisions we make. At the end of the day, the ‘W’ was the most important thing.”
Young said he walked away from this bout with no cuts or injuries, and he expects to be back in the ring sooner rather than later. The young welterweight turned professional just nine months ago, already notching six victories onto his resume since that time.