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Eddie Chambers-Tomasz Adamek This Saturday - Who Wins?

By James Slater: This Saturday night, in the adopted home of the hugely popular Tomasz Adamek - Newark, New Jersey - Phillyís ďFastĒ Eddie Chambers and ďGoralď will clash, and the winner will be a huge step closer to another crack at the world heavyweight title.

The careers of both men will be on the line, and it will be tough for the loser to come back to anything approaching top level, especially if heís beaten soundly or stopped.

Chambers, 36-2(18) and Adamek, 45-2(28) is a great match-up, arguably one of the best that could be made in todayís heavyweight division, the Klitschkos aside. And though it may prove tough selling either a Klitschko-Adamek II or a Klitschko-Chambers II, this Saturdayís winner will almost certainly be calling out Wladimir or Vitali.

A while back, I asked ďFastĒ Eddie some questions regarding the Adamek fight:


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: ďHeíll 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.

ďSo 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.Ē

J.S: Are you at all worried about rust, having had just one fight since March of 2010?

E.C: ďIíve 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.Ē

J.S: What do you say to the critics who say you have not been the same since Wladimir Klitschko beat you?

E.C: ďIíve 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.Ē

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: ďAbsolutely. 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.Ē

J.S: What do you hope a win over Adamek will lead to?

E.C: ďObviously, 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!Ē

For what itís worth, my prediction is Chambers via close decision. I donít see a KO in this one. I do see Chambers boxing with added spite in his work, with the Philly star being more aggressive and using his speed and accuracy to sting and hurt Adamek. The early rounds will be close, the later rounds it will be all Chambers.

Article posted on 15.06.2012



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