Despite limited training, Somerset’s Gerald “Medicine Man” Chaney won by technical knockout over former MMA lightweight champion Andrew “Black Mountain” Earls in last weekends’ Kentucky Warrior Fighting Challenge at the Center for Rural Development.

“I had hurt my back during a workout and I went a whole two weeks with not training at all,” Chaney said. “I sparred a total of seven rounds with Jeff Gregory and Grant Hardwick leading up to the fight.”

Chaney had even told the promoter he wasn’t going to fight because of his health and lack of preparation. But nearly 24 hours before the event, Chaney decided to go ahead and give it a try anyway.

“I had heard this guy (Andrew Earls) wanted to fight me, because I had broken the rib of his training partner in my last fight,” Chaney said with a slight grin. “So that gave me a little motivation to fight.”

However, Chaney needed only a minute and a half to send his opponent sprawling to the canvas after he had taken a series of hard body shots from the Medicine Man. Chaney, who now has a 17-4 amateur record, last two fights have lasted just over a minute in duration.

The fight was staged in a cage and Chaney used a tactic he termed as “cage-a-dope” to out wit his eastern Kentucky opponent. Early in the contest, which was scheduled for three rounds, Chaney landed a flush right to the top of Earls’ head.

“When I hit him on the head, I knew I had hurt him, because he started covering his head and left his body uncovered,” Chaney said.

But Chaney allowed Earls to take a few ineffective shots at him as he laid against the cage in his ‘cage-a-dope’ strategy.

“With each punch he threw, I could tell he was getting weaker and weaker,” Chaney said. “That’s when I started to go to work on his ribs.”

Chaney landed a series on body shots that send Earls to his knees with a standing eight-count. With Earls hurt and pinned against the cage it was only a matter of time before Chaney gave the crowd his signature win gesture — slit of the throat and an uppercut motion.

“Another one bits the dust,” Chaney gleamed on his latest fight win. “My favorite punch is a right uppercut to the body and he was allowing me to throw that punch repeatedly, because he was covering his head.”

“A hard blow to the body will take your breath a way and it will almost paralyze your body,” Chaney explained. “After I got in about 12 body shots, I knew he was done.”

it was a good win, because I wasn’t sure I was going to win and I saw a lot of some old friends in the audience that night,” Chaney. “A lot of my childhood friends had read about me fighting in the paper and they came out top see me fight —it was great to see them there cheering for me.”

Chaney’s next fight will be in Jenkins, Ky., when he takes on Scott Huff.

Chaney has been training under the watchful eve of Brett McCullough, owner and operator of the Sons of Thunder Boxing Club on 216 Crutchfield Street in Science Hill, Ky. McCullough has developed several prominent fighters over his career and he is one of the best teachers of ‘how to strike.’

“One of the biggest things Brett has taught me is my body striking technique,” Chaney said. “A lot of young boxers I face come out swinging for the knockout or ‘head hunting’. But head hunters don’t cover the body and my body striking has been able to win me a lot of fights.”

McCullough not only trains young boxers, but he works with other forms of fighting on the striking technique.

“Mixed martial arts is very popular these days, but every form of fighting you must learn proper striking techniques,” McCullough explained. “I have worked with five-time national Jujitsu champion Danny Flick on his striking techniques and I feel I have a lot to offer young martial arts students and boxers, alike.”

“Gerald Chaney has been a great student of body striking, but more than anything he has a lot of heart and he never gives up,” McCullough said.

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