Young and trainer Ray McCline look to get into a double-digit win total in the upcoming months.
Written by John Archibald, Resolution Sports
Atlantic City Welterweight Reflects on First Half of Year, Looks Forward to Second Half
Without a doubt, undefeated welterweight Anthony “Juice” Young (8-0, 4 KOs) has had a very satisfying start to 2013, and the Atlantic City native now looks to finish out the year even stronger. Previously slated for his ninth professional bout this past June, which was cancelled after a late pullout by his opponent, Young now has his sights set on a hopeful return to the ring in August.
“Of course, I was disappointed that I didn’t fight, but I’m a gym rat. I’m constantly in the gym,” Young said of the fallout. “The day of the weigh-in and the day of the fight, we actually sparred. I sparred 10 rounds the day of the weigh-in, then I came in the next day and sparred another six rounds. It wasn’t just some working sparring session. I approached it as a fight. In those two sparring sessions, I really wanted to get out everything that I had built up in me. That way, I wouldn’t feel like I was draining myself out as I get ready for the next fight.”
After a busy start to his professional career, Young was forced to deal with an eight-month layoff before signing a contract with GH3 Promotions earlier this year that got him moving again. With that and other positive happenings occurring over the first part of 2013, he feels that he has a lot to be excited about as he enters the second half of the year.
“I’m definitely happy with the first six months of the year,” he confirmed. “I went to camp with Devon Alexander in December and spent more time there in January before coming home in February. I inked a deal with GH3 Promotions and was in the ring in March, then right back in there in April. I actually got to take off a month in May and went out to Vegas for the Mayweather fight, and then I was scheduled to get right back at it in June. This year has pretty much gone the way I wanted it to go. I got off the snide, an eight-month layoff, and I got two victories over two good opponents.
“I’m happy with the first six months of the year, and I’m looking forward to the next six months. I want to finish out strong. If I go in there and do what I’m supposed to do, the goal is to be 12-0, 13-0 by the end of the year. Barring any injuries and as long as I’m getting rid of these opponents the way that I’m supposed to do, then we can hit that goal. If not, then we want to get at least to 10-0, 11-0. The way I’m training and the way I’m feeling, I’m running through these guys. These guys don’t even belong in the ring with me.”
Young is currently in negotiations for a return to the ring in August, with details surrounding that bout still on the table. Despite when his next bout occurs or who the opponent may be, he says that fans will most definitely be entertained once the opening bell sounds.
“I don’t predict knockouts or how any fight is going to go,” he stated. “I just go in there, see what my opponent has and adjust to whatever he brings. I think I can adapt to any style. If he wants to box, then we’ll box. Just know you’re always going to get a good, clean performance from me. If the opportunity ever presents itself to knock my opponent out or to end a bout early, you best believe 100% that I’m going to do that. Most importantly, I just always want to go out there and put on a show for the fans.”