North Augusta boxer rises to Junior Olympic title

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WRDW) -- At 16 years old, 6'2" and 198 pounds.

Now, a Junior Olympic national champion meet Devon Young. Fighting out of the North Augusta boxing club, Young did the improbable in wining the title.

"From the time he's been in the gym and the time we've trained him, he's exceeded things," coach Anthony Simpkins said. "I knew he could do it, but he exceeded more then the average person would"

On his way to the title, he beat the top-two ranked boxers in the nation. The finals, kind of a blur to Young.

"I don't remember much, but what was going through my mind was just win. The last fight just leave it all in the ring." Young said.

He did just that. What may be more amazing, Young hasn't had a lot of fights under his belt. With his size, it's tough to find opponents and even someone for sparring.

"It's real hard, I only fight like every two months or something, it's hard to fight being so big," Young said.

"We take him every where trying to get him fights, but nobody is his size. Nobody really wants to box him anyway being that size, and he's strong," Simpkins added.

Young admits the club may have saved him from trouble. His uncle pushed him off the streets and into the ring. His success is pushing him to work even harder.

"Getting that decision, it made me want to box more, just thinking I could be a world champion or something one day," Young said.

Besides wanting to win a world championship, Young is also thinking about the Olympics.

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