July 26, 2013 |
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.
June 19, 2012 |
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.
January 20, 2012 |
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.
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.
February 12, 2011 |
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.
February 11, 2011 |
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.
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.
March 21, 2010 |
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.
March 19, 2010 |
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.
March 11, 2010 |
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.