Cusumano, Chaney look to continue their climb to the top of the heavyweight division August 20 at Summer Heat streaming live on BXNG TV from Mohegan Sun
Uncasville, CT – CES Boxing stablemates Cassius Chaney of New London, CT, and Sicilian slugger Juiseppe Cusumano could move one step closer to a shot at heavyweight championship glory this Saturday as they return to the ring for Summer Heat live from to Mohegan Sun Arena.
Chaney (21-1, 14 KOs) headlines in a 10-round bout against Fullerton, CA, native Matt McKinney while Cusumano (20-4, 18 KOs) faces Dennis Ventura of Lynn, MA, in the eight-round co-main event.
Tickets are available online at CESFights.com, MoheganSun.com, or through the Mohegan Sun box office. Summer Heat also streams live on BXNG TV for $19.99 beginning at 7 pm ET with play-by-play from CES publicist Michael Parente (@michaelparente) alongside color commentator and New England boxing icon “Sucra” Ray Oliveira. BXNG TV is the new home for watching boxing’s next era of champions and is available worldwide through the VYRE app on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Android, iPhone, and Samsung TVs or on the web at bxngtv.com
The two heavyweight bouts are just the tip of the iceberg for Saturday’s event. Springfield, MA, welterweight Jalen Renaud puts his unbeaten record on the line in a six-round welterweight showdown against 31-fight vet Kenyan challenger Michael Ogundo, who now lives and trains in nearby Quincy.
Also appearing at Summer Heat, super featherweight sensation Alejandro Paulino, also of New London, battles dangerous Bronx, NY, vet Brandon Idrogo in a six-round bout; and welterweight Stevie Jane Coleman of nearby Columbia, CT, faces Jesenia Rivas of Denver in a four-round bout. James Maner of Providence, RI; and New York City super middleweight Jahvel Joseph also appear on the card in separate bouts.
Undefeated Irish super middleweight Francis Hogan of Weymouth, MA, faces Cleotis Pendarvis of Lancaster, CA, in six-round bout; Stoughton, MA, heavyweight Sean Bey puts his perfect record and knockout streak on the line against Dallas’ John Shipman in a four-round bout; lightweight Jonathan de Pina of Boston battles New York’s Christian Otero in a six-round bout; and rising welterweight prospect Gary Balletto III of Cranston, RI; faces Niagara Falls’ newcomer Jeremiah David Austin in a four-round bout.
Saturday’s top-tier heavyweight bouts feature two well-established sluggers in Chaney and Cusumano, who rank 11th and 17th, respectively, among United States heavyweights and among the top 75 in the world, no small feat during a time in which the heavyweight division has enjoyed a much-needed return to its glory days. The two have also combined for 32 knockouts, setting the stage for potential fireworks Saturday at Mohegan.
Former WBC champion Deontay Wilder’s rise to prominence gave hope to U.S. heavyweights who had grown weary during the era of the Klitschko brothers’ dominance; when Wilder beat Bermane Stiverne in 2015, he became the first American heavyweight champion since Shannon Briggs in 2006, ending nearly a decade of international dominance.
With Wilder, Andy Ruiz, and Trevor Bryan long since dethroned, the WBA, IBF, WBC, and WBO belts have once again landed on foreign soil in the hands of Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk (IBF, WBA Super, and WBO) United Kingdom greats Tyson Fury (WBC) and Daniel Dubois (WBA), the latter of whom Cusumano faced a year ago in Cleveland before Dubois captured his first world title with a win over Bryan.
Wilder is still the top dog among American heavyweights despite the fact he hasn’t fought since October of 2021, but the gap between the rest of the field has tightened, opening up opportunities for either of CES’ top-rated contenders to land the opportunity of a lifetime. They just need to keep winning, a quest that resumes Saturday in CES’ first event at Mohegan in nearly seven years.
Both Cusumano and Chaney are facing different opponents than originally scheduled. Cusumano now battles Ventura (4-1), an upset-minded, 6-foot-3 slugger from Massachusetts, while Chaney steps into the ring opposite McKinney (9-5-3), a 6-foot-4 right-hander coming off a win in June who first appeared for CES in 2017, ironically against Cusumano.