Young, seen here with manager Rich Masini and trainer Ray McCline, has ended his last two bouts early with TKO wins.
Written by John Archibald, Resolution Sports
Undefeated Welterweight Continues a Busy 2013
Anthony “Juice” Young (8-0, 4 KOs) has been very busy since signing with GH3 Promotions earlier this year, and that is exactly the way the undefeated Atlantic City welterweight likes it. Young has earned two stoppage victories since inking that promotional deal, and he now looks to pick up his third win in just three months when he returns to action on June 14th at South Mountain Arena in West Orange, New Jersey, part of a card for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
“It’s frustrating when you’re constantly in the gym, and you don’t know when you’re going to fight,” said Young, who was forced into a seven-month layoff before signing with GH3 Promotions. “It’s a very good feeling when you have a fight, and then two days after the fight, you get a call asking if you’ll be ready by another date to do it again. It’s a great feeling to head back into the gym on Monday, and you have another scheduled date already. You can’t ask for much more than that.”
Young turned professional in October of 2011, railing off six wins in just the first eight months of his career. After that is when he was forced into an extended break due to opponent pull-outs and other complications, but all that changed as soon as the ink dried on his contract with GH3 Promotions.
“All I want to do right now is stay busy,” Young confessed. “The titles and recognition are going to eventually come as long as I stay busy and continue to work hard. I’m just taking it one step at a time right now. The only thing I’m focused on is 9-0, regardless of who the opponent is.”
As far as who the opponent will be, Young and his team are still putting in the final work on confirming his opposition. A few different names have been tossed around, and they seemingly had a deal in place a few weeks ago that is still on the table. Despite the uncertainty, Young says it has not affected his preparation at all.
“I’m constantly doing my road work. I never stop my road work,” he confirmed. “We look to get our sparring with some bigger guys just to mix it up, too. I’ve been working with (junior middleweight) Ismael Garcia from Vineland, a very skilled fighter, and also (middleweight) Patrick Majewski. We’re always looking to get to Philly to get some work as well because there are so many good fighters up there. We’re always looking to keep defining my strength and conditioning circuits, bag work, pad work, pretty much just locking in on June 14th. 9-0 is my goal right now. All I’m concerned about is being 9-0.”
Known for his incredibly high boxing IQ and highly versatile skillset, Young has been truly finding his power as of late, with both of his last two bouts ending early as stoppage wins.
“We’ve just been staying consistent,” Young answered when asked what he thought was the root of his recent TKO victories. “I haven’t knocked anybody out cold, but we’ve just been staying consistent with attacking the body and coming back upstairs. I like to think I’m a big bully at welterweight. I look at some of the dudes on TV and say ‘Man, these guys are big.’ Then I get next to them in person and realize that I must be a big welterweight. You have your exceptions with welterweights who are freakishly big like Antonio Margarito or Mike Jones, but other than that, I tower over some of these guys like Shane Moseley. I’m taller than Devon Alexander, too.
“I just think my constant pressure, body attack and size is what is leading to these stoppages. I step on the scales at 147 pounds at weigh-ins, but then I come into the ring at a healthy 158 pounds, pushing 160. That takes a toll. As far as my power is concerned, I’m getting older and maturing more. I’m 25 now, but I still don’t think I’ve gotten my full-grown man strength. I think that won’t come for another two years. Speed is power, too. The punches come in numbers when they catch them. At the end of the day, you have eight-ounce gloves. They’re like illegal weapons, only they’re legal.”