Crawley’s Anthony Young say’s it has been his burning desire to box once more that has forced him to end his four-year exile from the ring and lace up the gloves once more for his return to action on Saturday May 18th at the Effingham Park Hotel in Copthorne.
It was back in January 2009 when Young was last involved in competitive action when he lost out to Hampshire’s Steve Ede in his challenge for the vacant Southern Area Middleweight title, and after suffering that defeat Young decided to call time on his exploits inside the squared circle and concentrate on his career as a personal trainer. But the allure of the ring coupled with an offer from Queensbury co promoter Ross Minter to compete on the league's massive May 18th show finally made up the twenty nine year olds mind to make his comeback.
Young will take on former amateur standout Yisan "The Cuban Missile" Rodriguez from Ipwsich in a contest that has created quite a bit of interest amongst the shows fans, and although Young say’s he has not had the best preparations for his league debut, he believes it will be his experience from both his amateur and professional days that will make the difference on the night.
“For me boxing has always been like a drug and I’ve just got this burning desire inside me to get back in there and give it one more shot, commented Young.
“I turned my back on the pro game for a number of reasons and just walked away, but the passion for the sport has always been there and I’m grateful to Ross for giving me the opportunity to compete in the league”
The man facing Young in the opposite corner on the 18th brings to the ring a formidable record after reaching the quarter finals of the ABA’s back in 2012, but Young say’s it will be his natural ability that will make the difference.
“ I’ve looked Rodriguez up on the internet and he’s a good kid and will be a tough, tough fight for me, but boxing has always felt natural to me and I’ve been doing it since I was a kid, so when I’m inside that ring I feel comfortable and right at home”
“I think for the first couple of rounds there will be some ring rust, and as we are boxing over 2 minute rounds I’m going to need to start faster than I normally would, but I’ve got the experience and I feel that will give me the edge”
Young’s return to the ring will feature on the undercard of the big “In The Line Of Fire” promotion at the Effingham Park Hotel, and for more information on the rest of the line up click HERE