Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
Pittsburgh-born Philadelphian prizefighter Eddie Chambers, whose professional career has been de-railed of late due to a succession of injuries, returns to the ring – and television – on June 16 at the Prudential Center, in Newark as he takes on former heavyweight world title challenger and two-weight world champion Tomasz Adamek in the Polish pugilist’s native New Jersey. Chambers wants to scalp Adamek in order to re-gain contender status.
“I never went away,” said Chambers, who was forced to pull out of bouts with Siarhei Liakhovich and Tony Thompson as he was not fighting fit. Chambers last boxed in February, 2011, edging Derric Rossy in what was his first contest since a 12 round mauling from Wladimir Klitschko.
Chambers, renowned for his fast hands, hopes to use the summer showdown with Adamek as a platform that will re-launch a significant presence in boxing’s no limit weight class: “Once I beat Adamek, I’m right back in the middle of it all. All respect to Tomasz… he’s exciting and has a lot of heart, but I’ll be ready for anything.”
Adamek, unfazed by Chambers’ skillset, is buoyed by his home advantage and will be the fresher of the two as it will be his second outing of the year, having already dispatched of journeyman Nagy Aguilera in March.
“They say Eddie Chambers has fast hands and likes to throw punches. I am also fast and I like to throw punches,” said the 35-year-old who has suffered defeats to only Vitali Klitschko and Chad Dawson in 47 professional battles. “I think on June 16 we will have a very exciting fight [and] for me the most important part of the fight is to please the boxing fans.
“At Prudential Center I always have many fans come to cheer me on, it is very loud, exciting. I think it will be a good show.”
The bout will be broadcast as part of NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night boxing series.
Robert Delgado – Los Angeles
Former world heavyweight champion of the WBO, Siarhei Liakhovich, has spat venom at American big man ‘Fast’ Eddie Chambers, who he was scheduled to box on January 21 in a ten round fight at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Belarusian bruiser Liakhovich lambasted Chambers for acting unprofessionally for confirming he sustained broken ribs in training one week after the injury occurred. Liakhovich then called out journeyman scourge Chris Arreola.
“Eddie Chambers is trying to save face in the press but I want to set the story straight by telling everyone what really happened,” Liakhovich began. “Chambers’ medical report about his broken ribs is dated, January 6, 2012. He knew about his broken ribs back then but he didn’t let us know until January 13, seven days before our fight.
“Instead of shooting his mouth off to the press for a week about how easily he was going to beat me, when he already knew he was not going to fight me, he and his team should have acted professionally and immediately informed my team of his injury.”
Liakhovich (25-4-0, 16ko) currently has no fight date nor opponent lined up and believes had he and his team been contacted promptly by Chambers then they would have been able to recruit a late replacement and make the necessary training camp adjustments accordingly.
He said: “If we had two week’s notice, I have no doubt that finding a suitable replacement and making training adjustments wouldn’t have been a problem, but it was a serious problem trying to do so with only seven days to go before the fight.
“I think boxers like Chambers should be punished by every promoter and networks should know how he operates. He plays the good guy to the press, but Chambers is a fake. He didn’t have the simple decency to tell another athlete about him pulling out of the fight as soon as he knew.
“It was his obligation to inform everyone immediately.I wasted six weeks of training, as well as the expenses for training camp, and now I’m not fighting because of his actions. NBC Sport Network, Main Events and everyone involved had to scramble to put together a main event at the last minute, all the results of Chamber’s action. He is all talk and no action.
“So, for now, Chambers is history.”
Liakhovich will now turn his attentions to another American heavyweight: “Chris Arreola is waiting for another big payday to fight one of the Klitschkos [Wladimir or Vitali]. He’s been fighting journeyman after journeyman. How about a real fight with me? I challenge Arreola to take a fight with me. This is a fight boxing fans would love to watch.”
Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
The IBF final world title eliminator bout that was scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 29 between American heavyweight contenders Eddie Chambers and Tony Thompson has been canceled as Fast Eddie has withdrawn due to an ongoing back complaint that was further aggravated during a sparring session. The contest is now without a date and a level of ambiguity exists over whether it will be rescheduled or chalked off performanently…
“This has been an ongoing thing and it just caught up with me,” stated Chambers (36-2-0, 18ko) to ESPN when confirming his injury.
A former heavyweight world title challenger, Chambers came unstuck when he attempted to upset Wladimir Klitschko in 2010 for the unified WBO/IBF championship belts. Likewise, Thompson (36-2-0, 24ko) too had a previous shot against Klitschko but suffered a similar fate to the one experienced by Chambers – late stoppage defeat.
“My back has always been tight and that’s a very stubborn area in your body,” Chambers continued. “I was sparring last week and it really got to me. It’s unfortunate. I worked really hard, but I’m injured.”
The IBF eliminator slated to take place at Bally’s Atlantic City, New Jersey later this month, was designed to provide a mandatory challenger for current belt holder Wladimir, however, because there is currently no date set to reschedule the fight, Thompson’s promoter Dan Goossen of Goossen-Tutor Promotions has indicated he will request the IBF make his fighter the mandatory in the event that the fight with Chambers is canceled completely, rather than postponed by one month or two.
“If we can’t reschedule the fight, I believe Tony should just become the mandatory because he has performed within the guidelines of the tournament,” said Goossen, noting Thompson’s third round knockout over Maurice Harris earlier in the year that set-up the final showdown with Chambers. “Or we can try to reschedule the fight for later this year.”
Former Wladimir Klitschko victims Tony Thompson and Eddie Chambers fight for the right to rematch the dominant Ukrainian as they put their friendship to the side in an IBF world title eliminator scheduled for Friday, October 28 at Bally’s Event Center in Atlantic City. Chambers, from Pittsburgh but fights out of Philadelphia, claimed they both have a “lot to lose and a lot to gain” which will result in a “classic fight” for the fans.
“I’m fighting a man named Tony Thompson, a very formidable fighter and a top challenger to the same title that Klitschko holds,” Chambers (36-2-0, 18ko) informed Fight Hype.
Both fighters have previous experience against Wladimir. Thompson (36-2-0, 24ko) dropped an eleventh round technical knockout to Klitschko in 2008, while Chambers suffered a similar fate as Wladimir stopped him in the twelfth in 2010. Klitschko fought tentatively against Thompson and, even though he cruised to victory, it was Thompson who landed more punches (150 to 121) – albeit Klitschko’s were more meaningful.
Chambers provided Klitschko with a stern examination and – literally – attempted to throw him off his gameplan by picking him up off his feet and, later, throwing him to the canvas. However, like Thompson, Chambers lost the vast majority – if not all – of the rounds.
“Fast” Eddie Chambers continued: “[Thompson] also had a good performance against Klitschko. By no means do I think this is going to be an easy fight for me but it’s the perfect type of fight to set me up for a title. I’m definitely going to be on my A game to beat a fighter of this magnitude. I’m going to be 100 percent ready, focused and determined to get back to where I need to be.”
Thompson and Chambers are by no means strangers. Both consider themselves a friend to the other and have acted as sparring partners during the preparation phases of each others training camps. Such good relations, though, will be put to the side in late October as they not only battle for the right to become the IBF number one contender to the Federation’s champion; Wlad, but also to be able to call themselves the best current American big man.
“It’s difficult in the sense that you always want to see friends and family do well in their lives, but for Tony to be an obstacle in my way, putting that friendship aside is something we both have to do,” said Chambers.
“Right now, were on a collision course. Right now, there are not many fights out there that we can get so this fight was bound to happen. In a way, I was hoping this fight never happened because we helped each other for different fights and are very friendly and familiar with each other so it’s a little tough, but it has to be done.
“This is not going to be one of those fights where you see two fighters who are friends being too nice in the ring and making it a boring fight. Both of us have a lot to lose and a lot to gain so it will definitely be a classic fight between he and I.”