Kevin Michael Young
Kevin Michael Young, age 55, former Catskill resident, passed away in California after a long battle with an illness. He was born November 3, 1964 at Catskill Memorial Hospital. He was the youngest of seven children born to George F. Young Sr. and Rose M. (Law) Young.
Kevin became involved in the “Catskill Boxing Club “ at the age of thirteen and was trained for five years by Teddy Atlas, under the watchful eye of Cus D’Amato. He competed in 70 bouts over five years, winning several tournaments; including the “Adirondack Golden Gloves” (NY) and “Holy Oak Golden Gloves” (MA), 126 pound class in 1980. Kevin was the “first fighter out of the prestigious Catskill Boxing Club”, to win a Golden Gloves Title, according to Teddy Atlas. Teddy often said: “No one had a bigger heart than Kevin Young”. After graduating from Catskill High School in 1983, Kevin joined the New York State National Guard. He was stationed at the Leeds Armory (Infantry). He served there until being reassigned to the “Individual Ready Reserve”.
Kevin’s love of Boxing continued to grow, even after his days of competing in the Ring were over. He later became the “Youngest” NYS Boxing Promoter in history. He immediately organized the first-ever “Professional Boxing Show” at Columbia-Greene Community College. Although the Boxing Promotions Industry was challenging and ruthless, Kevin “Didn’t Quit”. In 1989 he relocated to California to be with his infant son Joshua, and to promote both Amateur and Professional Boxing shows in California. His big smile and gentle heart will be missed. Kevin was predeceased by his father and mother; a brother, Gary L. Young, and sister, Sandra J. Young Romak. He is survived by his son Joshua of California; siblings, George F. Young Jr., Margaret A. Young-Johnson, Douglas W. Young Sr., and Rodney S. Young; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Due to the impact of the NYS Coronavirus Emergency PAUSE rules that have been enacted, his funeral services and burial at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill are being held privately. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials in Kevin’s name may be made to the Theodore Atlas Foundation or Huntington Disease Society of America.