Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Welterweight Anthony “Juice” Young will be back in action when he steps into the ring against late replacement Samuel Amoako Saturday night at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.
Young (15-2, 6KO’s) will be looking to make it five straight since suffering a TKO setback to Skender Halili over a year ago.
“I’m just blessed to be able to fight in Atlantic City for the ninth time in my career, so that’s always a plus fighting in my backyard,” Young told JMB Friday.
In his last bout, Young was dominating James Robinson until the final moments of the final round, when he was knocked down, but he was able to get up and survive the round and notch the win.
“I had a great six week training camp with my trainers Reggie Lloyd and Adam Zayas. My head trainer Chino Rivas was in Puerto Rico with WBA 130lb. champ Jason Sosa preparing him for his fight April 8th, on HBO against Vasyl Lomachenko.”
Amoako (21-13, 14KO’s), who turned pro back in 2005, is coming off a four-round unanimous decision loss to Sam Teah back in August in Bristol, PA. He has dropped nine straight – with just one coming by way of KO – over that span, but this is not considered a major step up for Young, who will be looking to make a statement regardless.
“I do not know much about my opponent,” Young added. “I see he’s moving up in weight and coming in as a last minute replacement and he is a 30-plus fight veteran and he is very durable. So I plan Saturday to go out and stick to my game plan and be myself and everything will fall into place. I am 17 fights into my career and this will be my coming out party, I’m putting the division on notice that I’m a real player at 140 or 147lbs.”
In six-round affairs, Dan Pasciolla (8-2) of Brick, NJ will take on LeMarcus Tucker (4-1,2 KO’s) of Forrest City, Arkansas in a heavyweight contest, while hard-hitting Gabriel Pham (7-1, 3 KO’s) of Atlantic City, NJ takes on Chauncey Fields (4-1, 2 KO’s) of Lynchburg, VA in a super-middleweight bout.
In four-round bouts, Brendan Barrett (4-0-2, 4 KO’s) of Little Egg Harbor, NJ takes on Brian Donahue (3-13) of Philadelphia in a heavyweight clash
Barrett is not overlooking his opponent, despite Donahue dropping eight out of ten overall
“He’s a seasoned pro, very tough guy, fearless and I know he is always coming to fight,” Barrett said
“I had a great camp, been focusing a lot on strength and conditioning, so I will probably walk into this fight the biggest I’ve ever fought at. I feel very strong, my cardio is great and with Brian’s toughness and brawling nature this has the makings of an explosive fight. Special thanks to Eric Sauer of the Natural Pharmacy in Ocean, NJ, Paul Haberman Law and 3rd Street Jenny’s Restaurant in Barnegat, NJ.”
Adrian Wilson (0-3) of Atlantic City, will look to claim his first win as a pro, when he tangles with Henry Tyrone Paige (0-3) of Little Rock, Arkansas in a slated four-round welterweight fight
Kevin Asmat (2-1) of North Bergen, NJ will look to make it three straight, when he takes on Edgar Cortes (3-4) of Vineland, NJ in a four-round super featherweight bout, while in lightweight action, Thomas Romain (1-1) of New York will square off with Sidell Blocker (1-6-1) of Pleasantville, NJ in a four-round bout
In a battle of pro debuting welterweights, Cesar Francis of New York meets Steve Moore of Orange, New Jersey in a scheduled four-round tilt.
The show is being promoted by Rising Promotions. Doors open at 6PM and amateur bouts will take place leading up to the pro portion of the card.