David Kui Kong Young, 96, of Honolulu, a retired professional boxer and a Navy veteran, died in Honolulu on December 29, 2012. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Henrietta; sons David, Charles, Bruce, Albert and Francis Young, and William Taylor; daughter Mona Hamlin; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Young fought professionally from 1937-1949 and compiled a record of 67-17-12 (KO 40). He was a world rated bantamweight contender from July 1939 – June 1949, a total of 104 months, his highest rating #1. He was recognized by the Hawaiian Territorial Boxing Commission (TBC) as World Bantamweight Champion on August 4, 1943 because Manuel Ortiz refused to go to Hawaii to meet him. He successfully defended the Hawaiian TBC Title three times (Rush Dalma, D-15; Dado Marino, KO-8; Little Dado, TKO-8) before losing the title on June 11, 1944 to Rush Dalma, L-15.
On May 30, 1947, Young finally met Manuel Ortiz for the World Bantamweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii only to lose a split decision despite dropping Ortiz in the fourth round.
Young was a talented boxer and a powerful puncher. He defeated such men as Manuel Ortiz, Lou Salica, Mike Belloise, Dado Marino, Rush Dalma, Little Dado, Tony Olivera, Luis Castillo, Joe Hall, Joe Mendiola, Danny London, Mickey Miller, and Chico Rosa.