ATLANTIC CITY — Pleasantville welterweight Anthony Young earned a controversial victory in his last fight.

He’s hoping to earn a much more decisive win when he returns to the ring on Saturday night at the Claridge — A Radisson Hotel.

Young (15-2, 6 KOs) will be shooting for his fifth straight win in an eight-round main event against Ghana native Samuel Amoako (21-13, 14 KOs).

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In his last fight, Young was seemingly headed to an easy victory over James Robinson at Bally’s Atlantic City on Jan. 20.

But he got dropped with just seconds remaining in the bout. Although the bell had sounded, Young still had to get up before referee Benji Esteves counted to 10. He got up at eight and registered a unanimous decision win.

“I learned a lesson from that fight,” Young said Friday. “You have to keep fighting until the last bell rings because anything can happen at any time.”

Young, a 2007 Pleasantville High School graduate who played football for the Greyhounds, is among six local fighters on the card, which is being staged by Vineland-based Rising Promotions.

Pleasantville super-middleweight Gabriel Pham (7-1) will fight Chauncey Fields (4-1, 2 KOs), of Savannah, Georgia, in a six-round co-feature.

Little Egg Harbor Township heavyweight Brendan Barrett (4-0-2, 4 KOs ), a 2000 Pinelands Regional graduate, will meet Philadelphia’s Brian Donahue (3-13-3, 0 KOs) in a four-round fight. Barrett also has a 10-7-1 record as a mixed martial arts competitor.

“I haven’t had a boxing fight in 11 months, so I’ve got a lot of frustration build up,” Barrett said Friday. “I’m hoping that the next time these fists touch something, it will break.”

Lacey Township heavyweight Dan Pasciolla (8-2-1, 0 KOs), who fought a draw with Barrett last year, will face Lemarcus Tucker (4-1, 2 KOs) of Forrest City, Arkansas, in a six-rounder.

Atlantic City welterweight Adrian Wilson (0-3) will try for his first win against Harry Tyrone Paige (0-3), of Little Rock, Arkansas, in a four-rounder. Pleasantville lightweight Sidell Blocker (1-6-1, 0 KOs) will be in action against New York’s Tomas Romain (1-1).

Doors to the Celebrity Theatre at Claridge open at 5:30 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 6 p.m. Tickets range from $55 to $150 and can be purchased through

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