Former UNH basketball star turned boxer Cassius Chaney ready to get back in ring Saturday night

(WTNH)–Former University of New Haven basketball star turned professional boxer Cassius Chaney gets back in the ring on Saturday night.

It’s Chaney’s 10th pro fight. He’s got five knockouts. The New London native played high school basketball in Old Saybrook. He’s now slowly working his way up the heavyweight division.

Chaney tipped the scales at 245 pounds in his weigh-in on Friday.

What was an experiment just a couple of years ago has now become a full-time job.

“Yeah, this is my career. I’m a professional fighter. Fighters don’t live regular lives, so I have to step it up,” Chaney said. “I’m looking forward to what’s in front of me, getting the ‘W’ tomorrow and moving on.”

What’s been the biggest adjustment for him?

“Maybe eating what I want. I’ve learned that I don’t have to splurge on food outside of the ring or anything. I’m taking it more serious.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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