Heavyweight Cassius Chaney (14-0, 8 KOs) of Baltimore, Maryland, gave his fans a scare, surviving a second round knockdown and coming back to deliver a fourth round knockout victory over Santino Turnbow of Cincinnati, Ohio (4-3, 3 KOs) and remain undefeated.
Chaney was caught by an overhand left he later said he never saw. He got to his feet and survived the rest of the round. Chaney and Turnbow traded power punches as both tried to close the show. It was Chaney who scored the victory when he hit Turnbow with a series of punches, ending in a textbook straight right punch, dropping the big man to the canvas for good at 1:04 of the fourth round.
“I’ve just got to stop overthinking a little bit and let my punches flow like my trainers are telling me,” said Chaney after the fight. Chaney said he never saw the punch that dropped him. “He caught me with a blind one. But I know how to weather the storm, take my time and stay calm.” Chaney said he is a little disappointed about getting caught, and vowed to get back to the gym and spar with more southpaws.
Chaney said he’s happy that he learned he can still come back from adversity in a fight. “I am happy I won. I showed I got heart,” said Chaney. “I’m not really happy with (the performance). I should have kept it a little tighter defense.
“By the fourth round I realized he was going to keep trying the same punch. I decided to just be more defensive and slam my right hand in there like my corner was telling me,” said the victorious Chaney.
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