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)

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, undefeated super middleweight Junior “The Young God” Younan is considered one of New York City’s best boxing prospects. Younan, trained by his father Sherif, a former professional boxer himself, seems destined to become a force in the sport, lacing up his first pair of gloves at the age of two. “The ring was his playground,” Sherif said, “He was raised in the gym and first took on an opponent at an exhibition at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn at the age of six.”

 

Younan began fighting competitively at age eight and only two years later was called a “boxing prodigy” by the New York Times. He compiled an amateur record of 90-5, racking up an impressive series of titles along the way. He was 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. In 2011 he was crowned National Junior Golden Gloves champion and was U.S.A. Boxing’s number one rated junior boxer in his weight class.

 

Less than a month after his 18th birthday, Younan made his professional debut on November 9, 2013 at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, New York, stopping Kenneth Schmitz in the first round. A month later at the BB King Blues Club and Grill in Manhattan, Younan knocked out Travis McClaren with a crushing right hand only 22 seconds into the opening round of the bout. Another first round knockout victory came on January 31, 2014, this time against Thomas Allen at the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, New Jersey. On April 10, 2014, again at BB King’s, Younan knocked down Dustin Parrish twice in the opening round, first with a powerful right and then later with a left hook that caused the referee to stop the fight. His first round knockout streak came to an end on July 2, 2014 when Azamat Umarzoda lasted the four round distance, giving Younan his first unanimous decision victory. In his most recent fight on August 13, 2014, he started a new first round knockout streak, dispatching Marlon Farr at BB King’s.

 

In February 2015, Younan signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Roc Nation Sports.

 

In his first fight under the throne boxing banner on June 6, 2015, Younan scored a commanding second round technical knockout victory over Mike Sawyer on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto vs. Daniel Geale WCB World middleweight title fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Nagging injuries would keep Younan out of the ring before returning on March 26, 2016 to face Cristian Solorzano of Sonora, Mexico on the Andre Ward vs. Sullivan Barrera undercard at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California where he easily scored a unanimous decision in four rounds over the bigger fighter to advance his undefeated record.

 

Facing his stiffest test to date on May 13, 2016 on the undercard of throne boxing’s Dusty Hernandez-Harrison vs. Mike Dallas, Jr. on BET and Tidal.com, Younan overwhelmed Rodrigo Almeida of Woburn, Massachusetts with a technical knockout in the first round at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C.

 

In his most recent bout, Younan returned to Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on August 6, 2016 to take on Ecuador’s Jinner Guerrero on the undercard of Andre Ward vs. Alexander Brand undercard. Younan devastated Guerrero, who was riding a six-win streak prior to the matchup, with a huge left hand sending him to the canvas for technical knockout in the first round.