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Main Events: Mchunu Jumped at Chance to Fight Chambers

by David P. Greisman

Eddie Chambers’ promoter was looking for opponents for him, to no avail.

They eventually found one, though. His foe for the Aug. 3 broadcast of NBC Sports Network’s “Fight Night” had no issue with facing the former heavyweight title challenger, who is making his cruiserweight debut.

“Thabiso Mchunu’s people asked for this fight,” said Kathy Duva of Main Events on a July 24 media conference call. “When that happens, you know you’re going to have yourself a really nice competitive contest. It’s wonderful to see this guy stepping up and taking on a challenge like Eddie Chambers.”

Others had no interest, according to Jolene Mizzone, the matchmaker for Main Events.

“They don’t want to fight him at heavyweight. I think at cruiserweight now it’s even harder, because people know the skills that Eddie has, [and] now being at the weight that he probably should’ve been at, he’s going to be faster, he’s going to be stronger at that weight.”

Mchunu’s South African promoter, Damien Michael, had been in touch with Main Events about working with his fighters.

"I basically said, ‘Look, I have Eddie Chambers, who’s a cruiserweight,” Mizzone recalled. “He talked to his fighter, and the next day I had an answer.”

Chambers, 31, is coming off a long layoff, thanks in part to the arm injury he suffered in a controversial loss in June 2012 to Tomasz Adamek. That defeat brought his record to 36-3 with 18 knockouts. Mchunu, meanwhile, is listed at 24 years old on BoxRec.com with a record of 13-1 and 10 knockouts.

While Chambers and his team say, of course, that they’re not looking past Mchunu, there are still hopes and desires for what will come next.

“We’ll fight anybody any time any where, as long as it makes sense at this point at cruiserweight,” Mizzone said.

Said Duva: “The game plan was, let’s bring Eddie to cruiserweight, let’s see if he can dominate the division, because we all believe he will. So the goal is to get that title and then go he can go move on back to the heavyweight division. He can skip back and forth.”

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

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