Alexander Povetkin vs Eddie Chambers
The finals of the IBF elimination tourney is set. Alexander Povetkin (14-0, 11 KOs) and Eddie Chambers (30-0, 16 KOs) will collide on Jan. 26 in Berlin, Germany. The winner will become the mandatory challenger to champion Wladimir Klitschko. HBO will televise the fight on their "Boxing After Dark" series on same-day tape delay, giving many American fans their first look at Povetkin, who is regarded by some as the brightest heavyweight prospect in the division.
Promoter Dan Goossen informed boxing scribe Dan Rafael that some minor details need to be worked out, but nothing that would stop the fight from going forward.
Povetkin stopped Chris Byrd on Oct. 27 in the semi-final round of the tourney, and Chambers won a split-decision over Calvin Brock on Nov. 2 to secure his position in the final bout.
Goossen told Rafael they are not worried about the fight taking place in Germany. He is confident that Chambers will beat Povetkin regardless of the venue.
"We knew it was a good possibility it could end up in Germany, but Eddie is the kind of fighter who believes that it doesn't matter where the ring is when everything is said and done," Goossen said. "He's prepared to win wherever the ring is. Povetkin has the gold medal and is the hard-hitting knockout specialist, but we've got all the confidence in the world in Eddie. Povetkin's style will work to Eddie's strengths."
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