December 4, 2021, 17:19

Is Cassius Chaney the US heavyweight dangerman to watch?  ‘I’m the sneaky guy, I’m under the radar’

Is Cassius Chaney the US heavyweight dangerman to watch? ‘I’m the sneaky guy, I’m under the radar’

Cassius Chaney is chasing a big-name heavyweight opponent to establish himself as “a breakout guy”.

The prospect from Baltimore, who was named after Muhammad Ali’s birth name, extended his record to a 21st unbeaten fight on Saturday night against Shawndell Winters.

Chaney is not yet ranked by any governing body but believes targeting a rival with a good reputation could turn him into America’s most threatening contender.

Chaney has 14 KOs in 21 wins

“I’m the sneaky guy,” he told Sky Sports. “I’m under the radar. I don’t do too much talking.

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“I’m still figuring out the sweet science, and what works for me. I’m learning on the job. I had only 27 amateur fights in three years.

“A lot of my experiences come from sparring Tyson Fury, Hughie Fury, Bryant Jennings, Luis Ortiz, Carlos Negron, Otto Wallin. I have been around good fighters.

“A proper step-up opponent would make me a breakout guy.

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“George Arias is 16-0, Jermaine Franklin is 20-0. With a proper guy, people would see that I belong with the big names.”

Chaney also name-checked former WBO champion Joseph Parker.

Joseph Parker was mentioned by Chaney

The unbeaten heavyweight insisted: “I’ve got up from the canvas and won. I think that has credibility.

“Fury got dropped by Steve Cunningham early in his career but he kept fighting. That shows, that if he gets up, it might be a hard fight.

“Me getting up to win? I really won those fights, I didn’t get a gift handed to me. It holds some weight.

“In two fights I’ll be where I need to be.

“There are guys out there that would boost me. Michael Coffie was one of them – he was calling me out before he lost.”

Chaney was briefly linked as a US-based opponent for Dillian Whyte but said: “I thought that was really cool. But I doubt it was serious.”

Chaney is targeting a big-name rival

Chaney said about going the distance with Winters in his most recent win: “I felt off. I felt sluggish. But I was told: ‘Some days you will wake up and not feel good but you’ve got to stay with it’.

“I really wanted to make a statement. But if blasted him out of there, I wouldn’t have known that I could do 10 rounds.

“Now I do know that I can do 10 rounds.

“He came to win. He has upset undefeated guys. But I beat him in almost every round.”


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