Local Boxers weigh-in for fight

Pleasantville welterweight Anthony Young gets ready for the weigh-in Friday for his fight on Saturday at The Claridge — A Radisson Hotel. Young is 15-2 with six knockouts.

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ATLANTIC CITY — The last time he fought, Pleasantville welterweight Anthony Young got his bell rung just before the bell rang.

There was no controversy in his bout Saturday. Young turned in an impressive to win an eight-round, unanimous decision over Ghana native Samuel Amoako at the Claridge — A Radisson Hotel.

“(Amoako) got a little out there, like he was trying to bait me into something,” Young said. “But I made sure I stuck to the game plan.”

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Young (16-2, 6 KOs) notched his sixth straight victory with one of the best efforts of his career. He dominated Amoako (17-14, 14 KOs) throughout.

Judges Debra Barnes (80-72), Pierre Benoist (80-72) and James Kinney (80-72), all had Young winning every round, as did The Press (80-72).

Most importantly, he maintained his focus the entire fight. In his previous outing Jan. 20, he was knocked down in the final seconds of a fight against James Robinson and barely beat the 10-count.

“That last fight definitely left a bad taste in my mouth,” Young said. “I wanted to make a statement this time and show everyone that when I’m focused and stick to the game plan, I can beat any fighter out there.

In an exciting co-feature, Pleasantville super-middleweight Gabriel Pham (8-1, 4 KOs) won by a fourth-round TKO over game Chauncey Fields (4-2, 2 KOs), of Savannah, Georgia. Pham pinned Fields in a corner and rocked him with punches until referee Earl Brown stopped it at 1 minute, 29 seconds of the round.

Pham appeared to have Fields in trouble on several other occasions, but Fields doggedly fought back and even yelled for Pham to keep coming at him.

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In other bouts, Egg Harbor Township welterweight Adrian Wilson (1-3) earned his first career victory with a four-round, unanimous decision over Harry Tyrone Paige (0-4), of Little Rock, Arkansas.

“It feels great to finally get that first win,” Wilson said. “I feel like I got the monkey off my back.”

Besides boxing, the 2007 Egg Harbor Township High School graduate is also a four-year member of the Atlantic City Fire Department. He works at Station 4 on California Ave.

In high school, Wilson played defensive back for the Eagles football team and also wrestled at 145 pounds as a senior.

“I had never wrestled before my senior year,” he said. “I did it to condition myself for joining the fire department. I still use a lot of what I learned from wrestling for coach (Mike) Caizza in boxing as far as discipline and things like that.”

When he got back to the dressing room, Wilson celebrated with his wife of one year, Octavia, as well as head trainer Bill Johnson and co-trainer Arnold Robbins, who is Octavia’s father and Adrian’s father-in-law.

Johnson turned 76 Saturday and received a nice ovation from the crowd.

Little Egg Harbor heavyweight Brendan Barrett (5-0-2, 5 KOs) delivered the most emphatic victory of the card with a second-round TKO over Philadelphia’s Brian Donahue (3-14-3, 0 KOs). Barrett, also a former wrestler at Pinelands Regional High School, pinned Donahue on the ropes and unleashed a barrage of punches that prompted referee Earl Brown to halt the bout at 2 minutes, 33 seconds of the round.

“Whenever I hit him, he smiled,” Barrett said. “He tried to laugh as if the punches didn’t hurt. But all I saw was the pain in his eyes.

“I’ve been at this for over a decade, and it seems like no one has been listening. From now on, I’m going to make enough noise so people will have to pay attention.”

More undercard

Also on the undercard, Pleasantville lightweight Sidell Blocker (1-7-1, 0 KOs) dropped a four-round, unanimous decision to New York’s Tomas Romain (2-1, 0 KOs). Brick heavyweight Dan Pasciolla (9-2, 0 KOs) earned a six-round, split decision over Lemarcus Tucker (4-2, 2 KOs), of Forrest City, Arkansas. New York welterweight Cesar Francis (1-0, 0 KOs) opened the show with a four-round, unanimous decision over Orange’s Steve Moore (0-1), who was also making his pro debut.

Note: The show featured four amateur bouts. In one, another member of the Atlantic City Fire Department, Ismael Abdussamad won by decision over Wildwood’s Demetrio Anderson.

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Member of The Press sports staff since 1986, starting my 25th season as The Press Eagles' beat writer. Also cover boxing, MMA, golf, high school sports and everything else.

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