Hasan “Hitman” Young: All praise to Allah
By Xavier Porter, Brooklynfights.com
November 3, 2016
Brooklyn, N.Y. – Born and raised in the tough streets of Philadelphia sits a young prospect that is ready to take his career to the next level. Hasan Young has been involved in the sport of boxing throughout his entire life. This young welterweight fighter is preparing for his next challenge in the ring.
Young has been involved in boxing predominantly throughout his life. While discussing the beginning boxing journey of his boxing career he also shared his reasons for taking off from the sport, his motivation to begin boxing again, and his future plans for his career.
“I’ve been boxing since I was 10 years old. I started competing since in amateur fight when I turned 14. I’ve been around the sport my whole life. My father is a former amateur fighter. My father always talks to me about boxing. My father is a trainer himself. He’s very supportive of my career. He trains fighters out of Rock Solid Boxing Gym. He is a part of Philadelphia boxing.”
“My goal was to make the Olympic team 2012. Since I didn’t make the team I decided to turn pro in May 2012. I won my first professional fight. I had a draw in my second fight and I lost my third fight. I’ve won five straight fights since then, dominating all my opponents.”
After making his professional debut in May of 2012 he decided to take time off from the sport to focus on his religion and family. Coming off a 4–round unanimous decision win this past October he wants to continue his winning ways. With a record of 6-1-1 (2 KOs) his next fight is scheduled for December 2, taking place in front of his hometown fans, family, and friends at the 2300 Arena.
“Being Muslim and boxing is like two-sides of a spectrum. Before I just fought for myself; now I fight for my family. I matured over the past couple of years. I am more focused.”
“I’m like a sleeper-cell. I fly under the radar. I can hang with the top level fighters. My last fight was my comeback fight. I had taken time off and then I decided to get back into the ring. My timing and everything is improving. I am getting sharper every day. I will be much better in my next fight. I’m taking one fight at a time.”
“Every fight I have here on out I have to fight like it’s my championship fight. Every fight I have is that important. When you get to the championship level you have to go hard. I can’t afford to take another loss or a draw in my career. My ultimate goal is to become a world champion. I want to reach that plateau. Once you become a world champion no one can take that away from me. Once I become a world champion my legacy will be set.”
At twenty-six years old Young understands the meaning and value of hard work. He’s part of a union, working as an electrician and he also does construction work. He spends his afternoons in the gym.
“I’m a blue collar worker. I train at Bozy Dungeon Gym. There are other professional fighters that fight out of this gym with me (Jaron “Boots” Ennis, Ron Ennis, Ray Robinson, Brandon Pizarro and Angel Pizarro). It’s a good gym to train at. The gym is always busy. Each month one of us has a fight scheduled. When you put the work in the results will happen.”
Young is passionate about fighting and he has his sights on taking his career to another level.
“I love to fight. I grew up fighting. It’s something that I can’t shake. I want to put on a good show every time I step in the ring. As I continue to win fight I’m sure my fights will be showcased and televised on networks for people to see me. I want to take my career to the top. When you have a goal you have to work hard 100% all the time.”
With the previous time off from the Young thanks his family for staying by his side and keeping him motivated. Young discussed the value of family and having a mother as his biggest motivation to fight.
“I want to thank my mother. She is one of my biggest supporters. She’s always been there for me since the beginning. She’s always cared for me. I want to make her proud. I want to thank my wife and the rest of my family support me so much also. My friends and my family are important to me. They keep me motivated. I love them and appreciate them all.”
Facebook: @hasan young sr