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Kingwood’s Battenberg makes professional debut in Cleveland

November 23, 2018

Chance Battenberg wasn’t nervous when he made his professional boxing debut on Nov. 9.

The 19-year-old Kingwood native walked down to the ring at the Cleveland Civic Center expecting to rely on his training.

“I have been training a long time,” Battenberg said. “To finally go out there all prepared — (with) the amount of training (I did), I was confident on how I was going to do. I train about four to six hours a day, and it was all there on my professional debut.”

Battenberg started his professional boxing debut with a win over Leonardo Pena in the lightweight division at a Friday Night Fights event.

He secured a knockout with 2:36 remaining in the first round after connecting with a flurry of combinations.

Battenberg was focused on having a good performance in his boxing debut.

“I did want a knockout going into the fight, but I knew I had to play smart,” said the 6-foot-1 boxer. “I didn’t want to overthink anything, and I wanted to prove a point in my pro debut with a knockout.

The young boxer has practiced martial arts for 15 years and started boxing five years ago.

Boxing became a natural fit after studying several martial arts.

“I just wanted to try it out,” Battenberg said. “I have been doing martial arts my whole life so boxing was just one avenue that I thought would interest me. Then over time, getting a better at it, working on it, I realized I could go pro full-time.”

Battenberg had his family and friends in the audience and wanted to make sure to put on a show.

“It was crazy, all the people that came to support,” Battenberg said. “It built a little pressure, but it was good to have pressure. I had to make sure all the training was worth it so they could see a knockout.”

Battenberg trains at the George Foreman Youth Center and the Rock Steady Boxing Gym, where he also volunteers to teach classes.

One person in his corner is his father Jeff Battenberg, who has a long history in martial arts.

“It’s very beneficial to have him close to me during fights,” Chance Battenburg said. “He’s done martial arts for over 30 years and has a lot of experience and it’s like having another dynamic part of me team with me.”

Chance Battenberg is preparing for his second professional fight in January.

He said staying in shape and having good nutrition will be key to racking up more wins in the ring.

“Good training is important in boxing,” Chance Battenberg said. “I get up early every morning, and I have to make sure that I’m eating right to make sure that I have to stay healthy. When you win, all the hard work pays off and now I just have to get prepapred for the next fight.”

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com

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