Young returns home to Atlantic City in search of an 8th straight professional victory.
Written by John Archibald, Resolution Sports
Atlantic City Native Meets Rafael Montalvo as Part of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights
Undefeated Atlantic City welterweight Anthony “Juice” Young (7-0, 3 KOs) returns home on Friday night, fighting Puerto Rican scrapper Rafael Montalvo (2-3, 2 KOs) at the Tropicana Casino & Resort on an ESPN Friday Night Fights card. The bout is the second in five weeks for Young, who dominated Ronnie Jordan last month before making the Ohio native quit on his stool following the third round.
“Training camp went well,” Young said of his preparation for this fight. “We got in some good sparring with bigger guys. I always feel it is better to spar with bigger guys. Then when you get in there with guys your size, you can really impose your will. And that’s what I plan to do, impose my will. Camp went well, though. Now I’m just ready to go out there and perform. Training is the hard part. Fighting the scale is the hard part. Going out there and performing under the lights is easy.”
One of the worst parts of being a professional fighter is the weight cutting, but Young is a gym rat who admits he never has much trouble making weight when he steps on the scale.
“Honestly, it’s not really that hard for me to cut weight,” he remarked. “It’s really more mental than anything. I really don’t get hungry. I’m always more thirsty than I am hungry, but cutting the weight is not really an issue for me. My body was a little bit out of rhythm because I hadn’t fought in so long (before the fight with Ronnie Jordan, a seven-month layoff), and I had to get it back to cutting weight. Now I’m pretty much in rhythm again. It really is more of a mental thing, so you just have to try and relax. No matter how much you think about it, the weigh-in isn’t going to come any faster. I just make sure to always keep my mind sharp so I’m mentally strong.”
Young weighed in right at a ripped 147 pounds on Thursday night, and now it is just a waiting game for the unbeaten 25-year-old fighter.
“I’m really loose,” he stated. “I really don’t think too much about the fight. It’s not on my mind like you would think it would be, but I will play it out in my head a few times. I picture myself going through the game plan and getting my hand raised, but that’s pretty much it. Once I get off the scale, I’m just relaxing and hanging with my family.”
Spending time with his family and girlfriend, Natasha, is where Young says he finds his internal peace as the final bits of preparation are made for a fight. A true student who really appreciates the game of boxing, he is not one to overlook any opponent or jump to lofty conclusions before a bout goes down. Do not be mistaken, though, he is well aware of how much skill and talent he brings to the table.
“Expect a win. I don’t know how it’s going to come, but it’s going to be a win,” he confirmed. “We’re going to keep piling up these wins. That way, they can’t shut the door on us. If we keep winning, the more exposure we’re going to get. Hopefully, this time next year, I’ll be a main event on ESPN, or maybe a Boxing After Dark or ShoBox card. We just have to keep winning, and that’s all we’re going to do. I’m not going to say that I’ll go out there and do this spectacularly or that spectacularly. I’m just going to win. I’m going to go out there and get the win by any means necessary.”
Tickets for the ESPN Friday Night Fights card are still on sale, and they can be purchased until early Friday afternoon by calling Team Young (Juice Crew) at (609) 246-1855. They will also be on sale at the gate outside the Tropicana Resort & Casino.