By Jake Donovan
Heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers will undergo surgery today (Monday) to repair a torn tendon suffered during his 12-round points loss to Tomasz Adamek last month.
The bout was Chamber’s first ring appearance in more than a year, a forced hiatus marred by injuries suffered in back-to-back training camps. Chambers had television fights scheduled with Tony Thompson and Siarhai Liakhovich, only for both to fall due to untimely injuries.
This time around, Chambers managed to make it to the ring for his NBC Sports-televised main event with Adamek, only to suffer a bicep tear in the opening round. Chambers bravely fought on, building up an early lead only to fall behind as he was reduced to a one-arm fighter. Adamek wound up winning a unanimous decision that at the very least was a lot closer than the scores indicated.
Chambers (36-2, 18KO) felt it the moment the injury occurred, though wasn’t made aware of its severity until having it evaluated after the fight.
“At the end of the first round I felt something rip. I remember thinking 'Hey, that didn't feel right',” Chambers recalls. “It turns out I the tore a tendon that connects my bicep to the bone. I am having surgery to repair that."
There is no set timeline for Chambers’ return, though it’s guaranteed that his summer vacation will be filled with physical therapy.
"I will keep in shape physically. You know running, and anything that doesn't require upper body,” Chambers says of a time frame he estimates at approximately two months following today’s surgery. “I want to get back into a fight as soon as I possibly can after that."
Chambers made his way to heavyweight title contention thanks to a strong showing on the road against Alexander Dimitrenko three years ago. The win paved the way for a shot at the lineal heavyweight crown, but Chambers was dominated and stopped in 12 rounds by Wladimir Klitschko.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox