Despite sharing a name with the greatest heavyweight of all time, Cassius Chaney didn't put on boxing gloves until he was 23. At 30, the Baltimore native is an undefeated prospect fighting to establish his own place in heavyweight boxing.
The fight, on the undercard of the Sergey Kovalev-Igor Mikhalkin main event on HBO, was Chaney’s second under the tutelage of Baltimore trainer Calvin Ford. Chaney grew up in Baltimore but moved away when he was 14 and only returned last year to work with Ford at the Upton Boxing Center.
Chaney had been knocked down in his previous fight but quickly backed Washington (6-6, 4 knockouts) into a corner in the second round and pummeled him with head and body shots. He landed a clean right hand with1 minute, 28 seconds left in the round, and the referee waived off the fight without a count.