Cassius Chaney Re-Signs with Main Events!
(Cassius Chaney - Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events)
(October 10th) - Undefeated heavyweight prospect Cassius Chaney has re-upped with his long-time promoter Main Events. Now 13-0 with 7 KOs, Chaney signed with the Totowa, New Jersey-based promoter before making his pro debut on April 17, 2015. His next bout, the first under his new promotional contract, will be streamed live as part of the November 3 edition of the Golden Boy Fight Night series on Facebook from The Aviator in Brooklyn, which will be headlined by Sullivan Barrera versus "Irish" Seanie Monaghan.
Chaney has scored two early stoppages in his last fights since returning to his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland to train with Kevin Cunningham: a first round TKO on June 30, and a second round knockout before that on March 3.
Will the 31-year-old heavyweight do it again in his next bout on Saturday, November 3 at the Aviation Sports & Events Center in Brooklyn, New York? Let's just say it's a good idea to be in your seat at the opening bell and stay there.
Chaney (13-0, 7 KOs) says training at home in Baltimore makes all the difference. "I'm not training for the knockout, really. I'm just in a better, more comfortable situation, where I'm training and learning for me. It's just happens my punches are stinging guys early. There's a difference when you're training and you know 'if it goes long, I'm good,' or 'if it ends early, that's good.'"
Chaney still lives in Connecticut, and begins his training with strength and conditioning work there. But he spends a month in Baltimore to train with Cunningham, staying with his mother and easing into a healthy routine. "Like anything, when you're back home not worrying about too many things, training comes easier. The benefits of being back with my mom, eating her food, the gym isn't that far. I don't know too many people, I train, and I go back home," explains Cassius.
Cassius says training at home also helps him relax, and he can just step on the gas in the ring. It also loosens him up, in a good way. "I'm starting to understand it's OK to have fun in there as well. Before, I had to go in and come out with a win, find a way to win. I was so uptight. Now because of the training, the environment, and now my new contract, I know what to do and not to do. I'm more relaxed and I'm getting better. I'll be in shape and I'm always mentally going to be there," said Chaney.
Although he loves training in Baltimore, Chaney appreciates his incredible fan base and support in Connecticut. "I get a lot of support and I'm very appreciative of it. It feels great." Chaney is sponsored by several local restaurants and is a proud alumni of Old Saybrook High School and the University of New Haven, where he played NCAA basketball on a scholarship before pursuing a career in the ring.
Chaney says he's always learning something new, just as he did when he was earning his college degree. "When I look at getting in the ring, there is something about me - I figure things out, even when I don't have the right resources. Who knows, my ceiling could be so high. I'm still maturing as an athlete, as a person. When I look at the (heavyweight) division, it's all about making the right fights that will help you improve your confidence. I'm in a great division and I'm only going to get better."
Chaney is looking forward to adding his name to boxing history in the heavyweight division. "I'm excited to go. Main Events has given me the opportunity to appear in different venues in different places. I'm thankful. I'll be ready to go, and put on a show."
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said of Chaney, "Cassius has so much potential. It was a pleasure to work with him from his pro debut to get him to this point in his career and now, with his re-signing, to be able to take him to the next level. The heavyweight division better be ready for him!"
About Barrera-Monaghan: The Saturday, November 3 card, headlined by Sullivan Barrera versus "Irish" Seanie Monaghan as part of the Golden Boy Fight Night series on Facebook, will take place at The Aviator Sports & Events Center in Brooklyn, NY. The event is promoted by Main Events. The action will be streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET.
Tickets, priced from $125 to $50 are on sale and available through Eventbrite or by calling or emailing Main Events: 973-200-7050; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sergey Kovalev / Eleider Alvarez Rematch
Coming to ESPN in Early 2019!
(September 14th) Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev and Eleider "Storm" Alvarez lit up the Atlantic City Boardwalk in a pitched battle last month. The two will renew acquaintances early next year live on a Top Rank on ESPN card as part of a co-promotion with Main Events and Krusher Promotions, in association with Groupe Yvon Michel.
Alvarez knocked down Kovalev three times in the seventh round and scored a TKO to capture the WBO light heavyweight title in a shocking upset. Kovalev led on all three judges' scorecards at the time of the stoppage and hopes to pick up where the first six rounds left off.
"We are very happy to be joining forces with Top Rank and ESPN for what we expect will be another exciting and historic fight," said Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events. "Sergey was clearly winning his first bout with Alvarez when he just got caught. It happens. Congratulations to Alvarez for his spectacular performance, but Sergey is a warrior. He let me know that he is anxious to avenge this loss as soon as possible. We are looking forward to the new year!"
"Bringing this marquee rematch to boxing fans on ESPN is a great way to start 2019," said Top Rank President Todd duBoef. "The light heavyweight division is loaded, and both Kovalev and Alvarez have fan-friendly styles that will make for another gripping fight."
Added Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President of Programming and Scheduling: "This has been an exciting year for boxing on ESPN, and the Kovalev-Alvarez rematch is another example of the world-class caliber of events we look forward to continue to showcase on Top Rank on ESPN in 2019."
Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KOs) established himself as one of this generation's preeminent light heavyweight champions with nine title defenses across two title reigns. He first won the WBO title in August 2013, traveling to Wales and knocking out hometown champion Nathan Cleverly in the fourth round. He became the unified champion in November 2014 with a dominating 12-round decision against future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins and further enhanced his résumé with a pair of knockout wins against former lineal light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal. Kovalev lost the title via controversial decision loss to Andre Ward in November 2016. After dropping the rematch via eighth-round TKO, Kovalev recaptured the WBO title with a second-round TKO against Vyacheslav Shabranskyy in November of last year. He defended the title once before the first Alvarez bout.
Alvarez (24-0, 12 KOs), a former Colombian amateur standout who resides in Montreal, is a nine-year pro with a host of A-list names on his résumé, including: Kovalev, Pascal, and former super middleweight world champion Lucian Bute. The Kovalev triumph is the signature victory on his record. Come 2019, Alvarez hopes it's repeat rather than revenge.