Top 20 WBC USNBC Welterweight Champion Anthony Young Rises: Juice Is On The Loose
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
*Photo Credit: Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media
Welterweight contender Anthony ‘Juice’ Young got it correct when he stated after defeating former world champion Sadam Ali that Ali was no longer the same fighter (who beat Miguel Cotto) after he fought and lost his world title to Jaime Munguia. Sadam Ali was Young’s education into the sweet science at the highest levels, and threw him into the mix of names for a shot at a world welterweight titleholder or into an eliminator bout.
This reporter showcased the potential of the then 7-0 Young after watching him win on the untelevised portion of an ESPN card in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at The Tropicana in April 2013. The photo above was taken at that event.
Here is the link to this reporter’s original 2013 story on rising welterweight prospect Anthony ‘Juice’ Young.
Real Combat Media predicted Young’s potential and eventual rise through the welterweight division first and only.
Young’s third round stoppage of the doubled over Sadam Ali, who was desperately trying to hold on to reach the bell ending the round but was unable to do so, was keenly reminiscent of Adrian Granados’ eighth-round stoppage of Amir Imam in November 2015.
At 21-2 with eight knockouts, the 31-year-old Young, of Atlantic City, New Jersey, matured and hit his prime by entering the top 20 elite welterweight boxers in the world a bit late. After getting stopped in the fifth round at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City to Skender Halili in 2016, Young suddenly went on a 10-0 tear.
W.B.C. belt value be proven, Young jumped from number 396 to number 20 on BoxRec by defeating Sadam Ali, and also winning the vacant World Boxing Council USNBC Welterweight title as awarded by supervisor Duane Ford, a performance sure to propel Young into the WBC worldwide ratings. Adrien Broner, Andre Berto, Philadelphia Ray Robinson, Adrian Granados or Amir Khan are among the names which could be next for Young, whose next journey, if not a legal mandatory defense of his newly acquired WBC USNBC Welterweight title, will be another televised fight against a bigger name. Truth be told, ‘Juice’ is on the loose.
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