Exclusive Interview With ďFastĒ Eddie Chambers Ahead Of The Adamek Fight - ďI Need This!Ē
By James Slater: On June 16th in Newark, New Jersey, a fine, intriguing and highly important heavyweight match-up between two top contenders will go down. Polish hero Tomasz Adamek, 45-2(28) will meet Phillyís ďFastĒ Eddie Chambers, and the winner will be a huge step closer to another crack at the heavyweight title.
Article posted on 07.04.2012
With their very careers on the line in this fight, both Adamek and Chambers deserve much respect for agreeing to the match-up.
Yesterday evening U.K time, I had the privilege of speaking with Eddie over the phone.
Here is what the 30-year-old with the 35-2(18) record had to say:
James Slater: Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with Eastside Boxing, Eddie! First of all, the fight on June 16th, with Tomasz Adamek, itís a big fight - did you ever think you two would wind up meeting?
Eddie Chambers: Well, I thought maybe in time it would come about. I always thought that maybe we would fight, but then I thought that it might not happen either. I mean, why fight a tough guy when he isnít so well known? I mean, Adamek is well known amongst boxing fans, but so much in lay terms. And this is a tough fight. I thought maybe weíd meet down the road, but not in the near future as we are doing. But I want it, and I guess the fans want it, and Iím looking at giving another good show on NBC.
J.S: How is the rib injury that forced the postponement of the Liakhovich fight? Are you 100-percent now?
E.C: I feel like Iím 100-percent, but you never truly know if you are 100-percent (laughs). We work hard in the gym and as hard as we work, we take physical trauma in practice. But I feel great and Iím definitely ready to go.
J.S: Adamek is a guy who can throw a lot of punches per round, not so much now, as compared to when he was a light-heavyweight and cruiserweight, but he can throw around 60 punches a round. Is that what youíre looking at: a high volume of punches from him?
E.C: Heíll try that, but itís hard when youíre not landing as much. Heís more of a boxer as a heavyweight. Heís fought big, slower guys - guys who are tough but slower than him; guys who throw hard shots but are not that fast. He doesnít stand right in front of these big guys, he uses his legs and heís kind of become a boxer by default really. But with me, heís stepping in with another boxer, who is a different class to the bigger, stronger guys. I have more speed and I have more capabilities, and no disrespect to the heavyweights Adamek has been in with; he obviously went in with Vitali Klitschko. So Adamek now has to figure out how to dominate. Size will not be a factor in this fight, as it has been in the past for him. His speed will not be a factor, an advantage, because I have the same speed, or maybe more speed than he has. Heíll try and throw around 60 punches a round, but itís different now. Even when you watch his fights with Chad Dawson and Steve Cunningham, his punch output was not the same per round, because when you throw a lot of shots, there are more chances of getting hit yourself. And when heís fighting me, a guy who is a good counter-puncher, who doesnít stand right in front of you and is not an easy target to hit, heíll be more leery of whatís coming back at him. This fight will be a battle of wits. Weíll both have to figure out how to win.
J.S: Are you at all worried about rust, having had just one fight since March of 2010?
E.C: Iíve been boxing for 16 years now, with most of my work done as a pro. You look at guys like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, and they often have a year or so between fights - so it becomes normal for them. I have been more active in the past, but Iím a pro and I have to go in there and give that effort, give that performance. This is my livelihood and I canít let rust or anything else get in the way. Iíll be perfectly fine in this fight I believe. Iíve trained all the time apart from the time when the two fights (with Tony Thompson and Serhai Liakhovich] were cancelled due to injury.
J.S: What do you say to the critics who say you have not been the same since Wladimir Klitschko beat you?
E.C: Iíve only had one fight since, and I won and almost stopped the guy. No disrespect to Derric Rossy, but he fought pretty much in survival mode. And I was nowhere near 100-percent in that fight, I didnít feel good at all. So when I hear that [claim], I think, ĎI havenít had a chance to prove myself yet!í I havenít had a chance to prove the critics wrong. But I can say that Iíve felt great in preparations for both of the cancelled fights; as good as I felt in preparations before the Klitschko fight. This fight [with Adamek] is my opportunity to silence the cynics.
J.S: Most fans feel your best performance to date was the big win over Alexander Dimitrenko. I know heís a big guy, not at all like Adamek, but you fought that fight with more aggression, more spite. Do you have that same frame of mind heading into this next fight?
E.C: Absolutely. Iíve been off and I lost to Wladimir and I have to prove all the negativity wrong. This is what Iím used to really: people always said Iím too small to be able to compete with the big heavyweights, that Iíd have no chance to win the title. So in a way Iíve already overachieved in that sense (laughs). But I have more to do, I have more to prove. I love the detractors as much as the fans - they make me continue to work hard. They add fuel to the fire.
J.S: Adamek comes in at around the 220s, you were 208 for your last fight. Do you plan on being the same weight in June?
E.C: Pretty much. I stop worrying about weight as long as I have great conditioning and give a great performance. This guy is very similar to me in dimensions - as close as I can ask for (laughs). Adamek is a very tough guy, he fights in a way where he takes one to give one, and he is a good boxer. It will definitely take a lot of focus to win this.
J.S: Itís been great speaking with you, Eddie. My final question is, what do you hope a win over Adamek will lead to?
E.C: Obviously, this is the express train back to the top. To have had that layoff and then come right back against a top-10 ranked fighter, this is the way to get my name back up there with the fans and in boxing in general. A win will get me a shot at one of the titles. Itís championship or bust for me! I donít ever like coming second and I canít come second in this fight. I need this!
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