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July 26, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eddie Chambers was just a young kid, he said, when he broke into boxing. The kid thought he was undersize to be a heavyweight, but he listened to his advisers. "I always wished I could fight guys my own size," said the 6-foot-1 Chambers, who trains out of Shuler's Gym in West Philadelphia. Last year, Chambers moved down to cruiserweight, and his promoter, Main Events, said the fighter "is home. " The 32-year-old Chambers (36-3, 18 knockouts) will carry a 5-inch height advantage on Aug. 3 when he debuts at cruiserweight against South Africa's Thabiso Mchunu.
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January 25, 2008 | By Don Steinberg FOR THE INQUIRER
If Eddie Chambers Jr.'s boxing match in Berlin tomorrow night goes the way his fights normally do, it will proceed something like this: Chambers will have spent weeks training hard while worrying that his opponent - in this case unbeaten Russian Alexander Povetkin - is a gargantuan foe who might never be conquered by any human effort. And then Chambers, who is 30-0 with 16 knockouts, will win the fight. "I'm expecting this guy to be Godzilla - honestly," Chambers said of Povetkin, who is 14-0 and was the 2004 Olympic super-heavyweight champion.
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July 13, 2009 | By Don Steinberg FOR THE INQUIRER
What a difference a gigantic victory can make. Eddie Chambers, the 27-year-old Philadelphia heavyweight contender, talks these days with a new swagger, like a fighter with a bright eye on the future instead of regrets about one bad night last year. On July 4, in Hamburg, Germany, Chambers established himself as one of the world's elite heavyweight boxers. He dominated Alexander Dimitrenko, a previously undefeated, 6-foot-7, 254-pound Ukrainian. The win earned Chambers (35-1) a shot at Wladimir Klitschko, the world heavyweight champion, and conceivably a multimillion-dollar payday.
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June 24, 2004 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Blue Horizon will showcase young boxing prospects tomorrow night at 7:30, with a seven-bout card headlined by 18-0 Philadelphia heavyweight Eddie Chambers and rising junior-lightweight Jose Reyes of Vineland, N.J. Five four-round preliminaries will settle the second annual Bob Connelly Championship, a tournament for boxers with five or fewer professional fights. Winners will get $2,000. Among the battles, super featherweight Lenny DeVictoria will take on Ramaz Gazashuili of the Republic of Georgia.
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January 27, 2008 | By Don Steinberg FOR THE INQUIRER
The first loss is the toughest. It was especially tough the way it happened to Eddie Chambers last night. The Philadelphia heavyweight came to the Tempodrome with his eyes on the prize, knowing that if he were to beat Russian Alexander Povetkin, he would earn a chance to fight for the world title later this year. And for the first half of the fight, Chambers, 25, was beating Povetkin - beating him to the punch, landing better shots. Then the prize slipped away, in a whirlwind of semi-effective Povetkin punches.
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January 25, 2008 | By Don Steinberg FOR THE INQUIRER
Alexander Povetkin has a sort of Drago thing going on. You know Ivan Drago, the robotic destruction machine and Soviet tool who boxed against Rocky Balboa in Rocky IV. Povetkin is Russian. And blond. And large (6-foot-2, 225 pounds). He is the 2004 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medalist, and so far in 14 professional fights, he is unbeaten, winning 11 by knockout. And Povetkin is about to fight a heavyweight from Philadelphia who this week was a 4-1 underdog. Life really does imitate classic art occasionally.
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January 28, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Eddie Chambers got the fight he wanted, but not the result. Chambers, who moved from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia in 2001 so he could train and position himself for a major fight, lost a unanimous decision against Alexander Povetkin in an IBF heavyweight title elimination fight on Saturday. Chambers, who fought at the Blue Horizon 17 times while preparing for bigger and better opponents, hoped to use a victory over Povetkin as a springboard to the IBF championship. Instead, it's Povetkin (15-0, 11 knockouts)
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March 11, 2010 | By Don Steinberg FOR THE INQUIRER
Boxing in Philadelphia has been like the proverbial tree in the forest. Sometimes it's hard for sports fans to know if it's making any sound at all. Yesterday, at least, Eddie Chambers' handlers raised the volume as they sent the Philadelphia-based boxer off to Germany for the fight of his life, a challenge for the world heavyweight title against formidable Wladimir Klitschko. The fight will be on March 20 in a D?sseldorf soccer arena before 50,000 fans. It will be on network TV - in Germany.
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June 19, 2012 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
PHILADELPHIA'S Bryant Jennings continued his effort to lay claim to the title of "best American heavyweight" with a unanimous decision over Steve Collins for the vacant USBA title Saturday in Newark, N.J. Jennings won all 10 rounds on all three scorecards (100-89) and knocked Collins into the ropes in the fourth round with a left jab/right uppercut combination to force a standing eight count. Jennings, 27, improved to 14-0 with six knockouts and won for the third time this year on the NBC Sports Network "Fight Night" series.
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August 12, 2009 | By Don Steinberg FOR THE INQUIRER
Don't count Philadelphia boxing out yet - heavyweight Eddie Chambers is getting his shot at a world title. Chambers will fight for the World Boxing Organization heavyweight championship in December against Wladimir Klitschko, if negotiations are nailed down, Chambers' promoter, Dan Goossen, confirmed yesterday. The fight would be in Germany and televised on HBO in the United States, shown live in the afternoon Philadelphia time. Dec. 12 is the most likely date. "I've been thinking about this happening for - you don't want to know how long," Chambers said yesterday.
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July 26, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eddie Chambers was just a young kid, he said, when he broke into boxing. The kid thought he was undersize to be a heavyweight, but he listened to his advisers. "I always wished I could fight guys my own size," said the 6-foot-1 Chambers, who trains out of Shuler's Gym in West Philadelphia. Last year, Chambers moved down to cruiserweight, and his promoter, Main Events, said the fighter "is home. " The 32-year-old Chambers (36-3, 18 knockouts) will carry a 5-inch height advantage on Aug. 3 when he debuts at cruiserweight against South Africa's Thabiso Mchunu.
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June 19, 2012 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
PHILADELPHIA'S Bryant Jennings continued his effort to lay claim to the title of "best American heavyweight" with a unanimous decision over Steve Collins for the vacant USBA title Saturday in Newark, N.J. Jennings won all 10 rounds on all three scorecards (100-89) and knocked Collins into the ropes in the fourth round with a left jab/right uppercut combination to force a standing eight count. Jennings, 27, improved to 14-0 with six knockouts and won for the third time this year on the NBC Sports Network "Fight Night" series.
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January 20, 2012 | BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com
IT DOESN'T ALWAYS work out that way, but longtime Philadelphia promoter J Russell Peltz, the matchmaker for the NBC Sports Network's new "Fight Night" boxing series, thinks he might have lucked out with the hurriedly made main event that replaces the one that would have headlined tomorrow evening's seven-bout card at the Asylum Arena in South Philadelphia. "I've got a feeling," Peltz said at a news conference yesterday in the Hall of Fame Room at the Wells Fargo Center, "that Jennings-Byarm might turn out to be a better fight than Chambers-Liakhovich would have been.
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October 4, 2011
A FEW YEARS ago, heavyweight Eddie Chambers made the difficult decision to cut ties with his father-trainer, Eddie Chambers Sr. , because he believed it would benefit his boxing career. Now, after a 19-month period in which he has fought just once, Chambers, still only 29 and ranked No. 1 by the IBF (he is not rated by the WBC, WBA and WBO), gets back to work on Oct. 28 when he takes on veteran Tony "The Tiger" Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs) in an IBF elimination bout at Bally's Atlantic City.
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February 12, 2011 | By BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com
ATLANTIC CITY - Baseball scouts talk about players having "gap power," which means that some of their best-struck balls are more apt to be doubles than home runs. If Philadelphia-based heavyweight Eddie Chambers were capable of going as deep and as often as either of the brothers Klitschko, he might pull down seven-figure purses and pay-per-view gigs. He is among the more talented of America's boxing big men, which these days is akin to being one of the more technically proficient figure skaters in Saudi Arabia.
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February 11, 2011 | By BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com
His last bout was for the heavyweight championship of the world, or at least the IBF and WBO versions of it. He is still ranked No. 4 by the IBF, and a victory in tonight's rematch with Derric Rossy in that organization's elimination bout puts him in position to again swap punches with the best big man in boxing, IBF/WBO titlist Wladimir Klitschko. So why is Philadelphia-based heavyweight Eddie Chambers dissed more than the late Rodney Dangerfield? If you want to bring Chambers' manager-trainer, Rob Murray Sr., to a slow steam, mention that Chambers' most recent fight, his losing challenge of Klitschko on March 20 of last year in Dusseldorf, Germany, was not carried by any American television outlet.
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February 8, 2011
LIKE MANY PEOPLE, Eddie Chambers was stunned by what he read about the terrorizing of a 13-year-old boy by seven bullies, all of whom were older and larger than their victim. But for Chambers, the Philadelphia-based heavyweight contender, the description of what had happened to Upper Darby's Nadin Khoury wasn't just something to tsk-tsk. It stirred unpleasant memories of his own past, when he was a seventh-grader in his native Pittsburgh who came to dread attending school.
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March 21, 2010 | By Don Steinberg FOR THE INQUIRER
Eddie Chambers came to Germany from Philadelphia with a plan for defeating heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, and he tried his best to execute it. But there are plans, and there is reality. Chambers' best effort, in his first shot at a world title, was not enough last night. Klitschko, the heavyweight champion from Ukraine, outboxed Chambers in every round. In Round 12, having chased Chambers for much of the fight, Klitschko began throwing longer, bigger punches. As the soccer-stadium crowd of 50,000 roared, he trapped Chambers in a corner, and, with five seconds remaining, knocked him out with a left hook to the temple.
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March 19, 2010 | By Don Steinberg FOR THE INQUIRER
Earlier this month in a training room upstairs from the video game arcade at the Fernwood resort in the Poconos, boxer Eddie Chambers stretched his calves, and his trainer/manager Rob Murray assembled along the back of a folding chair little strips of cloth tape to wrap the fighter's hands before he got in some sparring. An iPod, connected to speakers, blasted rap music into the room to propel Chambers through a final workout before the biggest fight of his life. Rapper Pharrell sang: "The motivation for me is them telling me what I could not be. " Tomorrow, Chambers will fight Wladimir Klitschko for the world heavyweight championship in Dusseldorf, Germany.
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March 11, 2010 | By Don Steinberg FOR THE INQUIRER
Boxing in Philadelphia has been like the proverbial tree in the forest. Sometimes it's hard for sports fans to know if it's making any sound at all. Yesterday, at least, Eddie Chambers' handlers raised the volume as they sent the Philadelphia-based boxer off to Germany for the fight of his life, a challenge for the world heavyweight title against formidable Wladimir Klitschko. The fight will be on March 20 in a D?sseldorf soccer arena before 50,000 fans. It will be on network TV - in Germany.
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