Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Chambers: I Beat Heavyweight Punchers, Size Don't Matter

By Jake Donovan

At no point in his career did Eddie Chambers ever stop believing that he could one day become heavyweight champion of the world.

That dream is still on the table, but for the moment serving as a backup plan while he gives the cruiserweight division a try. The former heavyweight contender fights below the 200 lb. mark for the first time in his career, when he faces South Africa’s Thabiso Mchunu on August 3 in Uncasville, Conn.

The bout will be his first since suffering a disputed decision against Tomasz Adamek last June. The final decision left a bitter taste in Chambers’ mouth, worse that many believed he thoroughly outfought Adamek while spending most of the night contending with a bicep tear.

Still, not all was lost of the evening. Chambers treated the session as a teachable moment, proof that when healthy he’s as good as anyone in the world. His past experience in the land of big boys has also brought the confidence that he can take the best that any opponent has to offer and still have his say in the end.

“A lot of people talk about my lack of size and how it hurts me against punchers. But I beat most of the big punchers I fought,” Chambers points out. “I easily beat Samuel Peter, as well as Alexander Dimitrenko. Calvin Brock was another one.

“The only guy to really get the best of me was Wladimir Klitschko, who is just on his own level. At 6’6”, it’s difficult for a guy 6’1” to get inside and be effective.”

Chambers went into the March ’10 heavyweight championship with the best of intentions. He was instead quickly overwhelmed before being stopped in the closing seconds of the 12th and final round.

Size certainly won’t be an issue in this particularly cruiserweight matchup. Chambers enjoys a rare height advantage, towering over the diminutive Mchunu (13-1, 10KO). But the advantage doesn’t mean much if he can’t handle the new weight – which he assures is not of concern at all.

"At cruiserweight, I feel as comfortable as I did at heavyweight," Chambers continued. "My last fight with Tomasz Adamek, I was at 202. So the transition should be seamless. It shouldn't be a problem.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

Tags: Eddie Chambers image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 110110110 on 07-30-2013

That is not what my girl screams when I ram her tailpipe deep and thorough. :dunno:

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Canelo-GGG Replay Peaks at 840K Viewers, Averages 726K on HBO Kovalev's Promoter Says it Was Real Struggle To Find Opponent Damien Vasquez Set To Return on October 14th in Mexico HBO Sports Head on Relationship With Hearn, Matchroom Sports Jacobs: Saunders Called Out Amir Khan - Hard To Respect Him! Deontay Wilder Wants Anthony Joshua Right After "I Beat Ortiz!" Frank Warren on Signing Carl Frampton, Future With 'The Jackal' Parker: I'll Show You Joshua's Weaknesses When We Fight Johnny Tapia - Albuquerque Creates Statue To Honor Late Boxer WBO VP: No Controversy - Parker Deserved Win Over Fury Sauerland Very Pleased With Start of World Boxing Super Series Golovkin's Coach: Mayweather's Win Should NOT Count as 50 Anthony Yigit Vows That Nothing Will Stop Him From Victory Ward’s Shock Exit Gives Chance To Others To Fill P4P Vacuum Jarrell Miller to Face Mariusz Wach in HBO Debut November 11 Golovkin's Promoter: GGG Could Fight For Another Five Years David Benavidez Laughs at Plant, Open For Gilberto Ramirez Gassiev: Kudryashov Had Wrong Plan, Dorticos Did His Homework Photos: Leduan Barthelemy vs. Eduardo Ramirez - Official Weights Daniel Jacobs vs. David Lemieux is Very Possible, Says Hearn Jorge Linares, Terry Flanagan Trade Words - Call For Unification HBO Sports' Head on Formulating 'SuperFly 2' For Early 2018 Jack on Bivol, Vacating: I'm Not Ducking a Guy With 11 Fights! News: Vaughn Alexander, Christian Carto, Daniel Baiz, More Carl Frampton vs. Oscar Valdez Showdown is Targeted By Arum Tom Schwarz Injured, Withdraws From WBO Regional Defense AIBA's Wu Gets Upper Hand on Rivals With Latest Court Ruling Eddie Ramirez vs. Antonio DeMarco Added To Santa Cruz-Avalos Team Fury Want Parker Rematch or Lucas Browne Fight Next Sullivan Barrera Furious: I Should Be Fighting Bivol For WBA Title! Tony Harrison vs. Paul Valenzuela Set For Lara-Gausha Triple Joshua-Parker: Promoters Planning July Bout at Wembley Jezreel Corrales vs. Alberto Machado Announced For HBO, Oct. 21 Arum Wants Joseph Parker vs. Bryant Jennings Showdown Report: Bellew-Haye Rematch Set for December 10 at O2 Arena Dmitry Bivol vs. Trent Broadhurst in Monaco on Nov. 4, HBO Hearn on Jacobs' Options: Golovkin II, Canelo, Lemieux, Saunders Roy Jones: Andre Ward's Place in Boxing History is Near The Top Daniel Jacobs Confident: I See Myself Stopping Canelo! Photos: Jermell Charlo Grinds in Camp For Erickson Lubin
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement