Tomasz Adamek vs Eddie Chambers Preview June 16th
June 16th is the date of the Tomasz Adamek vs Eddie Chambers 12-round heavyweight duel at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The 35-year-old Polish-born Adamek is a former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion and had hoped to take a version of the heavyweight title by taking on Vitali Klitschko, but lost by a 10th-round TKO last September. The 30-year-old Chambers of Philadelphia took on Wladimir Klitschko in 2010 and was stopped in the 12th and final round.
While both of these fighters didn’t have what it takes to win a heavyweight crown, they’re still two of the best in the division, albeit a bit on the small side. They could possibly attempt to wrest the WBA title from the grips of Alexander Povetkin in the future, but time isn’t really on Adamek’s side and Povetkin has already decisioned Chambers.
Chambers isn’t really known as a power puncher and his record of 36-2 with 18 KOs is evidence of this. He’s good defensively, has good speed and a lot of heart, but weighs in for most fights at about 210 lbs or less. Some fans feel he’d be better off in the cruiserweight division. However, Adamek isn’t a big man either.
The Pole has a fine record of 45-2 with 28 KOs and is an underrated boxer with decent power. He tries to stay active and that could be an advantage since Chambers has fought just once since losing to Klitschko well over two years ago, beating Derric Rossy by decision in February 2011. Chambers could definitely have some ring rust and it might take him a few rounds to shake it off. He was supposed to fight earlier this year against Tony Thompson, but pulled out due to a back injury.
Adamek beat Nagy Aguilera by unanimous decision in March and is hoping a win over Chambers will set up another title shot. He has the advantage of fighting in his adopted hometown of Newark and the rink will be filled with passionate, Polish fans. He might find Chambers is one of the slickest boxers he’s faced though and could have trouble with his speed.
Adamek is quite a smart boxer and can usually adapt well in the ring. Chambers doesn’t appear to have the power to stop him and this could allow Adamek to keep up the pressure all night long. Chambers has fought some other top-rated opponents in his career such as Samuel Peter, Calvin Brock, and Alexander Dimitrenko.
Adamek’s only other loss came to Chad Dawson and he’s beaten the likes of Steve Cunningham, Paul Briggs, Chris Arreola, and Andrew Golota. Both men have fought some of the best and are equal when it comes to experience in big fights.
Chambers will need to live up to his nickname of ‘Fast Eddie’ and hit and move. He needs to use his jab, land quick combinations and stay out of harm’s way. Adamek has a solid chin to go along with his power and boxing skills and will be a hard man to beat and virtually impossible for Chambers to knock out. Look for Adamek to win this one by a decision.
Online sportsbook 5dimes.eu has the latest odds of an Adamek win at -210 and a Chambers victory at +175. The odds of the bout going over 9.5 rounds are -370 and going under 9.5 rounds at +280. Visit 5Dimes.eu to bet on this fight and check out our boxing predictions section for other previews for this weekend.