Young and trainer Ray McCline are preparing for a tough opponent in Gangemi.
Written by John Archibald, Resolution Sports
Undefeated welterweight Anthony “Juice” Young (9-0, 4 KOs) is slated to return to the ring this Saturday night at the Resorts Casino in his hometown of Atlantic City, meeting 2012 New Jersey Golden Gloves winner Anthony Gangemi (4-1, 3KOs). The bout will be the fourth in seven months for the rising prospect, who is trained by boxing veteran Ray McCline.
“Juice is looking good. We’ve had a good training camp,” McCline said of preparation for this contest, which comes just five weeks after a complete domination of a gritty James Harrison in Newark. “We were able to piggy back off the last fight. We took off about three days and went right into camp to get ready for this fight."
Young, who has thrived in his career when he has been busy, says their team knew immediately after his bout with Andrews that it would be a quick turnaround.
“We knew I had this fight right after the last one, so we didn’t really need too much time off,” he reflected. “The last fight, I didn’t take any bumps or bruises, so I was ready to jump right back into it.”
McCline and Young, who is managed by Ray Masini, went through a couple of names before coming to terms with Gangemi, who was shocked in his last outing by Justin Johnson (6-5-4) via unanimous decision (tasting the canvas three times).
“We didn’t find out about the opponent until coming into this week,” McCline confirmed. “Anthony Gangemi is a pretty decent fighter, 4-1 with three knockouts, and I believe he had close to 80 amateur fights. We expect a tough opponent, and I expect Juice to perform at a very high level. I expect him to be able to showcase a little bit more of the skills he has. He should also be able to box a little more against a guy who is pretty predictable and will come right at us. We’re going to be able to move around the ring a little more and use our jab. Like I said, I expect Juice to be able to showcase a little more of his skills. I think people are going to be able to see a little bit more of what Juice is all about.”
A win over Gangemi would give Young his landmark 10th professional victory, something that the 25-year-old welterweight says he has not yet given too much thought.
“To me, this is just another fight,” Young stated with confidence. “I always take it one fight at a time. Whether it be 20, 30 or 10, it’s just one fight to me. I’m looking to go 1-0 because I only take it one fight at a time. I’m just staying focused on that, just winning this fight. I’ll think about 10-0 and everything else after the fight. Right now, my focus is just this one fight.”
Gangemi will look to apply an aggressive demeanor to the elusive Young, who is known for employing many different styles while feeding his opposition great speed in a heavy dose of numbers.
“I just stay focused on doing what I have to do because he’s the one who has to deal with me,” Young remarked. “I’ve seen him fight, and I’m not particularly worried about what he’s going to bring. I feel like I’ve seen it all by sparring with some of the best fighters in the world. At the end of the day, my opponent has to deal with me.”
Saturday night will mark the return of Young to his hometown for the first time since stopping scrappy Puerto Rican brawler Rafael Montalvo in April on an undercard for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
“You always look forward to fighting in front of your home crowd,” he admitted. “More people are really starting to pay attention and want to come to my fights, so I can anticipate a big crowd being there. I just don’t want to let them down, or let myself down at that. I have to go out there and handle my business. If I do what I know I am capable of doing, they’re going to like what they see.”
Young has continually progressed throughout his two-year professional career, and he says that Saturday night will be the latest chapter in his evolution.
“Expect a more mature Juice on Saturday night,” he predicted. “People are going to see growth right before their eyes. I’m going to look differently from how I looked in my last fight. I’m going to look sharper.
“Expect another win. I don’t know how it’s going to come, but you can expect another win.”
Editor's Note: This fight has since been postponed for November.