Junior Younan

The Young God

BOXER: JUNIOR YOUNAN

NICKNAME: THE YOUNG GOD

DIVISION: SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT

DATE OF BIRTH: OCTOBER 14, 1995

HEIGHT: 6’0”

STANCE: ORTHODOX

BORN: BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

LIVES: BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

RECORD: 13-0 (9 KOs)

Junior “The Young God” Younan is a super middleweight boxer and is considered one of New York City’s best boxing prospects.

 

The Brooklyn native initially laced up his first pair of gloves as a two-year-old, but didn’t start fighting competitively until the age of eight. With father Sherif – a former professional boxer – as his trainer, Younan began receiving acclaim before becoming a pre-teen, starting with The New York Times dubbing him “a boxing prodigy” as a 10-year-old.

 

Despite the massive expectations, Younan blossomed into a standout fighter, compiling a 90-5 amateur record and earning honors as a nine-time Junior Olympic champion, nine-time Junior Metro champion, eight-time New York State Silver Gloves champion and five-time Regional Silver Gloves champion.

 

He was also a four-time National Silver Gloves champion, three-time Ringside World champion, three-time National PAL champion and two-time National Junior Golden Gloves champion, which ultimately earned him the distinction as USA Boxing’s No. 1-rated junior boxer in his weight class.

 

Less than a month after his 18th birthday, Younan turned pro and made his debut on November 9, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York, where he toppled Kenneth Schmitz in the first round. With a flurry of combinations, Younan followed up his debut with three consecutive first-round knockouts, making quick work of Travis McClaren, Thomas Allen and Dustin Parrish.

 

Of Younan’s first seven professional fights, six ended in knockouts – only Azamat Umarzoda went the distance before losing to Younan via unanimous-decision on July 2, 2014. Younan’s dazzling display opened the door for him to sign an exclusive promotional agreement with Roc Nation Sports in February 2015.

 

In his first fight under the Roc Nation Sports banner on June 6, 2015, Younan delivered another memorable performance at Barclays Center, notching a second-round TKO over Mike Sawyer on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto vs. Daniel Geale fight.

 

Nagging injuries would keep Younan out of the ring until March 2016, when he easily scored a unanimous decision against Cristian Solorzano at Oracle Arena. Later that year, Younan returned to Oakland, where floored Jinner Guerrero – who was riding a six-win streak – in the first round to add another TKO to his tally.

 

Younan opened 2017 with a convincing victory over Victor Darocha and rode that momentum into his first career fight in Las Vegas on June 17, 2017. Fighting on the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev 2 undercard at Mandalay Bay, he wasted little time with Hungarian veteran Zoltan Sera, dropping him at the 1:39 mark in the first round.

 

Most recently, Younan endured one of the toughest bouts of his young career, outlasting Mike Guy to win an eight-round decision and protect his unblemished record.