Friday night in Atlantic City, former heavyweight title challenger Eddie Chambers returns to an American ring for the first time since 2013, when he lost to Thabiso Mchunu, in his only foray down to cruiserweight.
“Fast Eddie” has always been a smaller heavyweight by modern standards, but his quick hands and sharp skills have allowed him to be competitive against bigger men. A few years ago, he was a solid, top 10 heavyweight. In 2009, he beat Samuel Peter and Alexander Dimitrenko, both much larger fighters. Those wins got him a shot at heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, who knocked him out in Round 12 in 2010.
Chambers broke his hand in a 2012 fight with fellow top contender Tomasz Adamek. He lost by unanimous decision, but I felt he actually deserved the nod. However, when Chambers briefly dropped to cruiserweight in 2013, he lost to Mchunu in a fairly decisive decision. I am of the opinion that Chambers is better off at heavyweight, not only because there are bigger fights there, but also because his speed is a bigger advantage among the big men than among the 200 pounders. And Chambers has the power to punch with the heavies.
Chambers spent 2014 living in England and fought there four times during the year, with all the bouts against opponents who were obscure and/or terrible. According to a press release I received, the overseas experience was a good one for Chambers, who said: “I learned a great deal of boxing, life and about myself from Peter Fury and the rest of the guys. I was creating a life there. I just want to come back here now but I do plan to fight in England again. They have knowledgeable fight fans and they really embraced me.”
The Philadelphia native will be back fighting in his own backyard, in A.C. His opponent for the bout with be Galen Brown, a more experienced, and probably better, opponent than anybody he faced in England. With a record of 43-31-1, Brown is would have to be regarded as a second-tier journeyman, who beats club fighters and trial horses but loses to first-tier journeymen and fringe contenders.
Notable recent fights for him include KO losses earlier this year to undefeated cruiserweight Yunier Dorticos and heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon. In 2014, he had a five-fight losing streak that included four undefeated cruiserweight prospects and heavyweight journeyman Fres Oquendo.
In August 2013, Brown beat 12-1, 328-pound Richard Carmack by six-round unanimous decision to capture the vacant USA Mid American Heavyweight title. It’s an obscure belt , but an accomplishment for a guy like Brown and it shows he’s a legit fighter who takes pride in his career and shows up looking to win.