Junior Younan

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: 13-0-1 (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.

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ROC NATION SPORTS SIGNS EXCLUSIVE PROMOTIONAL AGREEMENT WITH BOXER JUNIOR YOUNAN  Roc Nation Sports is pleased to announce the signing of a multi-year exclusive promotional agreement with rising undefeated super middleweight prospect Junior “The Young God” Younan (6-0, 5 KO’s). The announcement comes on the heels of Roc Nation Sports reaching an agreement with Younan’s former promoter, DiBella Entertainment, under which Roc Nation Sports acquired 100% of Younan’s promotional rights. Younan3 Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Younan is considered one of New York City’s best boxing prospects. He began fighting competitively at the 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. In 2011 he was crowned a 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.
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Roc Nation Sports is pleased to announce that the second edition of throne boxing is set for Friday, April 17, 2015 at The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut and will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT. Headlining the event will be undefeated Russian cruiserweight sensation Murat “Iron” Gassiev defending his IBF Intercontinental Cruiserweight Championship against veteran Felix “Bad News” Cora Jr. of Galveston, Texas in a 12-round main event.

Tickets are on sale now and are available for purchase at ticketmaster.com, foxwoods.com or by calling (800) 200-2882. One dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to the Muhammad Ali Center.

Supporting the main event, several of boxing’s hottest young fighters will be featured on the April 17 throne boxing undercard including Dusty Hernandez-Harrison, Junior Younan and Wellington Romero.

In addition to the great action inside the ring, the April 17 edition of throne boxing, sponsored by Jaybird, TapouT Muscle and Tequila CAZADORES®, will feature several notable Roc Nation touches that offer an unprecedented fan experience, including a live musical performance and a name DJ to keep the energy at a high level throughout the event.

Undefeated cruiserweight Murat “Iron” Gassiev (20-0, 13 KO’s) of Vladikavkaz, Russia has the boxing world buzzing. The twenty-one year old IBF Intercontinental Cruiserweight Champion is known for his fast hands and superior balance and has been called “the second coming of Gennady Golovkin” by his trainer, Abel Sanchez, who also trains Golovkin. Gassiev made his professional debut before a hometown crowd in September of 2011, defeating Roman Mirzoev via a four-round unanimous decision victory. For the next three years Gassiev dominated the competitive Russian professional circuit, racking up impressive wins over the likes of Levan Jomardashvili in June 2013 and Ivica Bacurin in December of the same year. His victory over Bacurin, a hard-fought, ten-round unanimous decision win, earned Gassiev the WBC Youth Cruiserweight World Championship. Only two months, later Gassiev outlasted a vastly more experienced Ismail Abdoul in scoring a twelve-round unanimous decision victory to win the vacant IBF East/West Europe Cruiserweight Championship. On October 31, 2014, Gassiev scored his most impressive victory to date, stopping Engin Karakaplan via first-round technical knockout to win the vacant IBF Intercontinental Cruiserweight Championship. With the goal of becoming a world champion, Gassiev moved to the United States in late 2014 and began training in Big Bear, Calif. under the guidance of Sanchez. He made his American debut on January 23 of this year at Quiet Cannon in Montebello, Calif. where he dominated Terrance Smith en route to fourth round technical knockout victory. Sanchez has predicted that Gassiev will “clean out the cruiserweight division in a couple of years” and then make the leap to heavyweight. Before he makes that leap, he has to get past a formidable opponent in Felix Cora.

Felix “Bad News” Cora Jr. (25-6-2, 14 KO’s) of Galveston, Texas is on a quest to have his name spoken in the same breath as his hometown hero, the legendary Jack Johnson, the first African American Heavyweight Champion of the World. Cora began fighting at the age of eleven, following in the footsteps of his father who was a Golden Gloves champion.  Cora began his career with a six-year undefeated streak, compiling a record of 20-0-2 along the way. On June 25, 2004 he defeated Michael Simms for the vacant USBA cruiserweight title with a twelve-round majority decision in Rosemont, Illinois. He added the NABF cruiserweight title to his trophy case with an eighth-round technical knockout of Arthur Williams at the Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho on October 27, 2005. Following a successful NABF title defense against Darnell Wilson, Cora suffered defeats in his next two fights, with both losses coming at the hands of undefeated fighters in Vadim Tokarev of Russia and Matt Godfrey. Following those setbacks, in late 2008/early 2009 Cora was a participant in the fourth season of the hit reality show The Contender. Most recently, Cora has put together a three-fight winning streak including an eleventh round knockout win over Laudelino Jose Barros in Barros’ hometown of Sao Paulo, Brazil in October of 2013 and, in his most recent fight in March of 2014, a second round knockout of Andrae Cathron before a hometown crowd in Galveston. He now has his sights set on victory number four of his winning streak with Gassiev standing in the way.

Hailing from Washington, DC with an undefeated professional record, 20 year-old Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (25-0, 13 KO’s) has been referred to as “Washington’s best boxing prospect since Sugar Ray Leonard” by the Washingtonian Magazine. He made his professional debut as the youngest licensed professional fighter in the United State on June 11, 2011, less than a month following his 17th birthday. Most recently, Hernandez-Harrison headlined Roc Nation Sports’ inaugural throne boxing event at The Theater at Madison Square in a fight televised by FOX Sorts 1 on January 9, 2015, capturing the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Championship with a dominant ten-round unanimous decision victory over Tommy “The Razor” Rainone.

Brooklyn, New York’s undefeated super middleweight Junior “The Young God” Younan (6-0, 5 KO’s) is considered one of New York City’s best boxing prospects. 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. 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, stopping Kenneth Schmitz in the first round. In his most recent fight on August 13, 2014, he scored a first round knockout win over Marlon Farr at BB King’s Blues Club in New York City.

Fighting out of Newburgh, New York, by way of the Dominican Republic, Wellington “W.A.R.” Romero (5-0-1, 3 KO’s) was a highly decorated amateur who was a proud member of the 2012 Dominican Olympic Boxing Team at the 2012 Games in London. Prior to that, he captured a bronze medal at the 2010 Central American Games and made back to back appearances at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championship and the 2011 Pan American Games. On October 26, 2013, Romero made his pro debut, defeating Victor Galindo via a four-round unanimous decision at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In his most recent fight, Romero maintained his unbeaten run by scoring a first round knockout win against Lee Kreisher on January 9 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

On fight night, doors open at 6:30 PM with the first bout to take place at 7:00 PM.

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It’s the season of giving. Here’s what our Roc Family has done to give back:

Andre Ward visited Your House Boxing & Community Club – an organization that aims to motivate and support at-risk youth to better themselves, serve their communities, and reject gang violence through boxing, education, and community engagement. Andre participated in their bag and mitt workout, had snack and pizza with the children and spoke with them about staying motivated. Big Sean joined forces with Sean Anderson Foundation for an All-Star Thanksgiving Giveaway. Together with other celebrities and athletes, 3,000 turkeys and food baskets were given to Metro-Detroit residents on a first come, first served basis, in total providing more than 12,000 meals. Roc Nation hosted a pre-Thanksgiving dinner with young adults from The Door – a center for alternatives for NYC youth. The teens enjoyed a warm meal and friendly conversations with Roc Nation employees and special guests CC Sabathia and Dustin Fleischer. DJ Mustard partnered with Crenshaw UMC to host a Thanksgiving dinner and games for CUMC food bank members and their families. Fabolous visited the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, located just 5 minutes away from Breevort Projects where he grew up. Their SuperPantry program is a free mock supermarket for the under-priviledged community. Fabolous stocked food, bagged carts and assisted elderly visitors, helping nearly 200 families. Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset  Jaelen Strong recruited a strong group of volunteers including family members, friends, former Mt. Airy Bantam coaches and current young Bantams. Strong’s group of volunteers distributed over 120 turkeys to families and individuals in need. Many of the families served were referenced by Face to Face Germantown and Kitchen of Love, community-based organizations serving low-income families meals and human service resources.   Junior Younan partnered with Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger at Mobile Food Pantry in Coney Island. Along with his father and some friends, they serviced over 200 families. Meek Mill donated over 150 turkeys to the Bibleway Baptist Church and We Feed the Homeless Philly’s Annual Turkey Drive. Robinson Cano opened the RC22 DREAM School in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. The Montessori school will serve 100 boys and girls and offer holistic community and employment training programs to residents.
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Andre Ward defeated Alexander Brand by a unanimous decision after 12 rounds. His next match up will be against Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev. See more on throneboxing.com. WardBrand6_Hoganphotos[1] UNDERCARD RESULTS Daniel "Twitch" Franco got a 5th round KO over Marcello Gallardo. FrancoGallardo_Hoganphotos3[1] Darmani Rock defeated Mike Kyle in a 4th round unanimous decision. RockKyle_Hoganphotos3[3] Junior Younan took down Jinner Guerrero by a 1st round KO. YounanGuerrero_Hoganphotos2[3] Maurice Hooker got a 1st round KO over Tyrone Barnett. HookerBarnett_Hoganphotos2[3] Thank you to all the fans who came out to Oracle Arena to support or watched live on HBO and special thank you to #WardBrand sponsors: Brand Jordan, Clorox, Corona, CTMS, Autocom Nissan, ProSupps, Shoe Palace, Ticketmaster, Verizon, and Visit Oakland!
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During the Holiday season, Roc Nation clients like to give back to their communities. Keep reading to see how some artists and athletes have given back for #RocGiving: screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-12-26-23-pm November 5th in Philadelphia –Jaelen Strong distributed 100 turkeys to local Philadelphia residents and the Kitchen of Love. This was the second annual Jaelen Strong Turkey Giveaway in Philadelphia. skyrocgiving November 10th in Dallas – Skylar Diggins volunteered at North Texas Food Bank Warehouse with Feeding America sorting canned goods, assembling boxes of non-perishable items, as well as bagging produce. mayaeni-volunteer-121 November 16th in Detroit - Mayaeni will volunteer with Feeding America and Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan at their My Neighborhood Mobile Grocery. She will assist clients as they choose groceries. img-20161118-wa00002 November 17th in Las Vegas - Roc Nation Latin's Victoria La Mala and Karen Rodriguez visited the James Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Las Vegas to help serve food and talk with the kids and parents for the Club’s Pre-Thanksgiving. 20161117_1409505 November 17th in NYC - Rapsody volunteered with Feeding America to serve lunch at the Bowery Mission. img_3457 November 17th in Boston - James Young took 15 homeless youth out for a Pre-Thanksgiving dinner at Not Your Average Joe’s and provided Jordan Brand backpacks and snapback hats. 20161117_181722 November 17th in New York - Davaughn, Roc Nation Latin's Mozart La Para and Mr Paradise, Rapsody, The LOX, and Roc Nation Sports' Junior Younan helped host a Pre-Thanksgiving dinner for 20 at-risk and homeless youth from Bronx Connect and SCO Independence Inn. Special thank you to NYY Steak, Ben’s Deli, and John Covelli for food donations. la-group-shot November 17th in Los Angeles - Samuel Larsen, Casey Veggies, DJ Reflex, Claudia Leitte, Deondre “Trakmatik” Collins, DOROTHY, Levi Carter,  Ludwig Goransson, Belly and Roc Nation Sports' Daniel Franco volunteered at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank with Feeding America sorting and packaging food. img_5486 img_5471 November 18th in Philadelphia - Meek Mill donated 150 turkeys to Bible Way Baptist Church for We Feed the Homeless Philly’s annual turkey drive. img_1307 img_1310 November 19th in Benton Harbor - Wilson Chandler's Thanksgiving pantry bag distribution in Benton Harbor with the Second Baptist Church provided food to about 100 families in need. Special thanks to Campbell's. dsc_0403 dsc_0389 November 21st in Denver - Wilson Chandler distributed pantry baskets in Denver in partnership with Montbello Recreation Center. Special thanks to Boston Market. img_9157-approved November 22nd in Atlanta, GA - TIP handed out 500 turkeys and sides to families in need at the rap star’s 11th Annual Community Turkey Drive with Mayor Kasim Reed.

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November 22nd in Miami, FL - Rusney Castillo visited the Kendall Club of the Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade. He attended the Club’s pre-Thanksgiving potluck dinner.

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November 22nd in Detroit, MI - Henry Ellenson and Mike Gbinije joined the Detroit Pistons Thanksgiving Initiative to host a dinner for 400 families. They served food, interacted with families, and distributed turkeys.

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November 22nd in Detroit, MI - Big Sean partnered with Tarence Wheeler for an All-Star Turkey Giveaway at River Rouge High School—3,500 turkeys and all the fixings were distributed.

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November 23rd in Hamlet, NC - Melvin Ingram hosted a turkey giveaway in his hometown of Hamlet with the support of teammates Melvin Gordon and Casie Hayward. Ingram’s sister Callie was also on-site to help handout 125 turkeys.

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