Cassius Chaney is still in that in between stage, between prospect and contender, and seeks to take a step towards contender-dom on Saturday night, at the Aviator complex in Brooklyn, and on Facebook.
Chaney, signed to Main Events, takes on 4-2 Santino Turnbow, who is 36, and the underdog coming to NY.
Chaney has been training in Baltimore with Calvin Ford, and holds a 13-0 mark. He himself isn’t a pup, he’s 31, but told us on the “Talkbox” podcast that he isn’t looking to rush it, make up for lost time.
Turnbow comes in from Ohio, and will be seeing a Chaney who stands out for 1) his name, being that his dad named him after the immortal Mr. Clay aka Ali. Also, 2), he’s been know to sport at Oscar Gamble-esque Afro..
..and isn’t sure right now if he wants to keep it tame or let it grow out and flow.
Chaney has been boxing for 7 plus years, but said no, he wants to just sit down and work hard, but not rush it. “Certain guys, they get rushed and they might not be ready or they might not want that particular fight at that particular time,” he said, noting that he heard Deontay Wilder knew he wanted to take his time, get better, and not get thrown into a fight with Wladimir Klitschko. He said he recalls that Teddy Atlas held back Alexander Povetkin from fighting Klitschko, even though he quite ample amateur experience. Within a year, though, Chaney said, he might be in a mode where he’s stepping up and taking on bigger names.
Chaney said he loves working with Ford, who helped build Gervonta Davis into a top tier pugilist.
His prediction for the Chaney-Turnbow fight: “I love this scene in Rocky 3, my prediction is pain! I’m looking to bring some pain and just put on a good performance. I feel like I’m in great shape. I’m fighting a grown man, I can’t underestimate him, but I feel like my IQ is going to overwhelm him at a certain point. I give it about maybe four rounds, if he’s in shape, we’ll see, but I'll know about the third, fourth round, it depends, I’m just ready to go, I’m ready.”