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PROSPECT WATCH: Junior Younan Pumped For Brooklyn Return



PROSPECT WATCH: Junior Younan Pumped For Brooklyn Return

Time for some home cookin’, for Brooklyn born prospect Junior Younan, who will glove up Sept. 29 at King’s Theater in Flatbush, foe TBA.

“Back in Brooklyn for the first time in three years on September 29th and we’ve been looking at two different guys, not sure which one yet. I feel like I deserve a homecoming,” said Younan, a 13-0 hitter.

Why so pumped to be fighting at home?

“There’s just been a lot ups and downs in the past three years and I have big following in Brooklyn that has always supported me through it all,” the 22 year old continued. “So they deserve a show. And personally for myself it’ll just feel good to be back.”

Care to fill us in on the difficulties? “A bunch of injuries, fights that I wouldn’t exactly say they were tough but very good learning experiences. My last fight which was the draw (in February, versus Ronald Ellis) and some people say that’s not a down but I like to win,  so for me that shit hurt. And then the ups like fighting on Andre Wards’ cards.”

Younan fought at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, getting a W over Mike Sawyer in June 2015.

“I think I’m at the perfect place. I think everything happens for a reason. I think I’ve been growing. I think my mental is stronger. And I can’t wait to show it! You’ll see a more seasoned, more precise, more accurate, and patient version of me!

“I moved back in to my dad’s house in Marlboro, NJ, so I can focus and get it together,” he said.

And, any targets he’s looking at and foaming at the mouth over? “Not gonna mention names but when it’s time they best be ready!”

He’s still under the Roc Nation promotional umbrella; yep, they are a leaner organization, with Andre Ward retired, Miguel Cotto also out of the sport, and with Guillermo Rigondeaux MIA after being bettered by Vasyl Lomachenko. But the Jay Z arm still has some younger guns in the fold, boxers like Younan who want to keep rumbling and learning and edging up ladders.

My three cents: I like the sound of the kid moving back home to stay close to pop. It shows he's that much more serious about treating this as a business, not a sport or a game. Also, talking about being more patient is intriguing. I like Younan's ferociousness, but learning to be more selective, and searching for the sweetest spots to get off, will make him that much more likely to graduate to contender. We will check back in a year, I bet he's there.

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.