Kentucky Basketball Moves From Fighter To Boxer

UNCASVILLE >> The biggest issue for Cassius Chaney in his 10th professional fight was a third-round wardrobe malfunction. The heel of his left shoe came almost completely dislodged mid-round and had to be taped back together.

Other than that, Chaney experienced few problems in dispatching Juan Goode on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun. Chaney, a former basketball star at Old Saybrook High and the University of New Haven, won a unanimous six-round decision to remain perfect in 10 fights.

All three judges scored the bout 59-55.

Chaney, who lives in New London, said he was shooting for a knockout in front of a hometown crowd. He also wore gold and green in honor of Terry Wrighten, a former New London youth football coach who recently passed away.

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“I should have pressed him,” Chaney said. “A few times, I was letting him catch his head back and he was recovering. He has a big head. But I learned a lot (tonight.) I’ve got it when I’m pushed.”

Chaney looked down in the third round and noticed the bottom of his shoe had peeled off, hanging on to the toe by a thread. Goode was about to throw a punch with Chaney not looking when the referee jumped in and called time.

His corner quickly repaired the shoe with white athletic tape. Chaney returned and landed some of his biggest blows of the bout before the round was finished.

“I get them made for me in Pakistan,” Chaney said. “That’s the first time that happened in a fight, where the whole thing ripped. I felt it in the first round, when I slid back, but I didn’t pay it any mind. I like these shoes, too. But I guess I’m going to have to wear Nike.”

Chaney, sixth in career scoring at New Haven with over 1,800 points, is progressing nicely as a boxer. He made his professional debut nearly two years ago to the day at the same venue, a second-round TKO over Perry Filkins at Mohegan Sun, which followed a decorated amateur career in which he won two heavyweight national championships and two Golden Gloves championships.

The two-year anniversary is also significant because his management team — which includes promotional backing from Kathy Duva’s Main Events — is looking to elevate Chaney to longer fights against better opponents.

Chaney will continue to build his resume over the next year toward that end. He entered the night as the 101st-ranked heavyweight in the world; 30th amongst American contenders. He’s worked with John David Jackson, considered one of the world’s top boxing trainers, since last fall, and spent months sparring with Tyson Fury in England in 2015 prior to Fury’s stunning heavyweight championship win over Wladimir Klitschko.

Goode, a 33-year old from Detroit, entered the fight with eight wins, six by knockout, in 12 career bouts. He was coming off a win over Larry Knight by decision in February in Louisville, Kentucky.

Through five rounds, Goode did little to score points, struggling to handle Chaney’s height and reach. Chaney, at 6-foot-6, was six inches taller and kept Goode at bay with a solid jab all round.

Goode came to life in the sixth round, particularly in the final 10 seconds when he landed a flurry of body shots. But it was too little, too late.

“I felt like I could have gotten the knockout,” Chaney said. “I could have gotten cleaner punches. But I knew I had it. Now, I’m going to get back to work and continue to become a professional fighter. The past nine fights, I’ve been getting by on being an athlete. Now it’s time to take the next step.”

Source : http://www.nhregister.com/sports/20170415/former-unh-basketball-player-cassius-chaney-improves-to-10-0-as-heavyweight-boxer

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