Basketball to Boxing … Taking the Discipline on the Court into the Ring


The list isn't long, only 15 people, but one name stands out among dual-sport athletes whose professions include boxing, with another on the horizon of doing great things. Manny Pacquiao, a name synonymous with the boxing world, was a World Boxing Association World Welterweight title holder, but did you know that Pacquiao was also a sought after basketball player in the Philippines?

That is a question that former University of New Haven men's basketball player Cassius Chaney '11 hopes people will be asking him in the near future. Chaney, was one of the top-10 basketball players to come out of Charger Gymnasium, scoring 1,893 points over his four-year career. However, soon after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, Chaney was presented with the opportunity to play basketball professionally in South Africa or begin a whole new career as a boxer.

"I transitioned to boxing because I felt that it was the right moment for me to learn something new and take on a new challenge," said Chaney. "I didn't have a love for the sport, but I had a love for fighting and a huge interest and believe that I could be a really good fighter."

The decision to transition from the hardwood to inside the ropes has turned out to be a fantastic choice for the Baltimore native who now resides in New London, Conn. Chaney made his debut in the ring on April 17, 2015 and hasn't looked back since, holding an unblemished record of 14-0 with eight knock outs. His first ever bout came at Mohegan Sun Arena where he opened up in style with a technical knockout of Perry Filkins. Following his most recent fight in November, a knockout of Santino Turnbow in New York, Chaney is currently ranked 16th in the United States among 344 ranked boxers in the heavyweight category.

"The combination of basketball and boxing to me isn't much of a difference," said Chaney. "I would say the ability of being an all-around basketball player allows me to be elusive and constantly believe that I have the ability to approve in boxing over time."

We've all heard the commercials that say only two percent of college athletes will turn pro; so what was it that made