East Detroit grad thriving early in boxing career
Posted May 31, 2017
EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe East Detroit graduate Caleb Chesternut made his successful pro boxing debut last year — a second round knockout — and hasn’t slowed down.
After a four-round unanimous decision victory against Indiana’s Cameron Cain April 29 in Louisville, Kentucky, Chesternut improved to 5-0.
Chesternut has three knockout wins and primarily fights in the featherweight division. In 2015, he competed in the National Golden Gloves Tournament.
“I was well-prepared for these fights, and it was hard training because of how many fights I had scheduled in such a short period of time,” said Chesternut, who fought four times between March 18 and April 29. “Myself and my dad, Rashaun Chesternut, wanted to make sure I was sharp all the way around and that I had no errors so I could perform to the best of my ability.”
Chesternut’s training is split between a few different places. Boxer Tony Harrison has a gym in Detroit where Chesternut trains and spars with other fighters. Chesternut, 20, also preps for fights at a local track and in his garage.
His career choice has enabled him to visit various places. Along with competing in Las Vegas and Detroit, he’s fought and won bouts in West Virginia, New Jersey and Kentucky. Chesternut said fighting in different venues has allowed him to network with different fighters and promoters.
“The people seem to like me and always ask me to come back for another show,” Chesternut said. “It helps me spread my name around the boxing community.”
Another community is rooting for Chesternut too.
East Detroit Athletic Director John Rizzo said all the Shamrocks are proud to see one of their own succeed.
“We’re excited to see (Chesternut) excel in his career choice,” Rizzo said of the 2015 graduate. “We see him as a positive role model for our students and as a point of pride for the entire Eastpointe community.”
Chesternut said his family and friends are excited about his career prospects. He said they’ve offered to help in any way to ensure his success.
Chesternut’s next fight is June 10 in Atlanta. The early success hasn’t gone to his head.
“I’m just going to keep moving forward and climbing the ranks,” Chesternut said. “I just want to continue to grow and develop as a fighter.”
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Staff Writer Jason Carmel Davis covers prep sports throughout Macomb County. Jason has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2011 and graduated from Michigan State University.
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