By Keith Idec
Eddie Chambers and Tomasz Adamek will appear on the same card Saturday night in Uncasville, Conn.
Despite dropping what many considered a debatable decision to Adamek in his last fight, Chambers isn’t consumed with sharing the same ring with Adamek again. When asked if he wants a rematch on a recent conference call, Chambers said, “It’s fine either way.”
Philadelphia’s Chambers has moved down to cruiserweight, but the former heavyweight contender is certain he’ll never fight Poland’s Adamek, a former cruiserweight champion, below the heavyweight limit.
“I don’t think he ever would want to come back down in weight,” Chambers said. “He seems to be comfortable now at 220, so I don’t think he would want to come down and have to drop weight again, especially now that he gets older . But absolutely, [I’d do it] if he wanted to come back down to cruiserweight or fight at heavyweight.”
Chambers (36-3, 18 KOs) will face South African southpaw Thabiso Mchunu (13-1, 10 KOs) in a 10-round cruiserweight fight Saturday night. The Chambers-Mchunu match will be one of three bouts broadcast by NBC Sports Network (10:30 p.m. ET), which also will televise Adamek’s 10-round heavyweight fight against Dominick Guinn (34-9-1, 23 KOs) from Mohegan Sun Arena.
If Chambers wins, he hopes to get a shot at a cruiserweight world title, though he hasn’t ruled out a return to heavyweight for the right fight.
“In fact, not just for Tomasz,” Chambers said. “We’re talking any of the smaller heavyweight guys. I’ll fight them at any time. Even now that I’m a cruiserweight, I would be willing to step back up to the heavyweight division. Not looking past my task that I have [Saturday night], because that’s a very important fight. It could be considered a crossroads fight, one of the most important of my career, because of what it means.
“However, not looking past this guy, but if I’m successful in dominating this fight like I think I will, the next fight, we want to keep it at cruiser and go for the title and everything. But if I got a sweet deal with one of these smaller heavyweights, anyone under 225 or so that call themselves an elite fighter, I would definitely be willing to step in the ring with them as well.”
Chambers lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Adamek in June 2012 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., but he fought for 11-plus rounds essentially with one arm. He suffered a torn tendon in his left arm during the first round against Adamek, an injury that required surgery last summer and many months of rehabilitation.
The 31-year-old Chambers believes he beat Adamek (48-2, 29 KOs), who won the fight by scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 119-109.
“Look at the judging [and] you can criticize,” Chambers said. “There were a few people that said his aggressiveness [won him the fight]. Well, it was sort of ineffective because he only landed 15 percent of his punches, which is a very low number considering the other guy only had one hand.
“Not only did I land at a higher percentage, I landed more punches, which looks kind of bad when you look at that. … But I think overall it was a good performance, one of the better ones that I’ve had. However, in a loss it’s kind of tough to see that and say that. But overall, it was a pretty good night for me, besides the loss.”
Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.