Chambers and Liakhovich will headline the Fight Night premiere.
Series Kicks Off January 21st in Philadelphia
The main event for the premiere of NBC Sports Network Fight Night on January 21st has been confirmed, with hometown native “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs) facing Sergei "White Wolf" Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KOs) at the Asylum in Philadelphia. NBCSN Fight Night is the newest boxing series on cable television, airing on the network currently known as VERSUS, and this broadcast is a co-promotion of Main Events, Peltz Productions and Goossen Tutor.
"Our ambition with this series is to make interesting, competitive fights that are relevant to the markets where they take place," said promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events. "In short, fights that people would pay to see. I think that this card delivers on all of those counts, and I can't wait to experience the atmosphere at the Asylum when the fighters touch gloves."
Now 29-years-old, Chambers first turned professional in 2000 at the age of 18, winning the first 30 fights of his career and picking up the USBA Heavyweight Title along the way. He did not suffer his first defeat until 2008 when he dropped a decision to Alexander Povetkin in an IBF eliminator. He then rebounded with five consecutive victories to earn a crack at Wladimir Klitschko and his IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine Heavyweight Championship Belts. Chambers was able to survive Klitschko for nearly the entirety of the 12-frame affair before the Russian champion scored a TKO win with just five seconds remaining in the final round. The Philadelphia resident waited nearly a year before fighting again, recording a unanimous decision over Derric Rossy this past February, his only outing of 2011.
Currently residing in Scottsdale, Arizona, Liakhovich fought for Belarus in the 1996 Olympics and earned a Bronze Medal in the 1997 World Championships. He then turned professional the following year and proceeded to win 24 of his first 25 bouts, with that 24th victory being a 12-round decision over Lamon Brewster for the WBO Heavyweight Title in 2006. Liakhovich has since fought just five times over the past five years, going 2-3 during that time frame. His last bout was his first under the Main Events banner, suffering a TKO loss to Robert Helenius on the Adamek-Klitschko undercard this past August.
9:00 p.m. will be the start of the television broadcast for this show, with local native "King" Gabriel Rosado (18-5, 10 KO's) and Jesus Soto-Karass of Tijuana, Mexico (24-6, 16 KO's) named as the combatants to get things underway.
"Soto-Karass made his reputation in two wars with Mike Jones," NBCSN Fight Night matchmaker Peltz remarked. "Rosado vs. Soto-Karass is a huge fight in Philly. It's the kind of bout where records don't matter. It's all about the fight in the ring, and there will be action from the first bell."
Main Events also confirmed that the remainder of this card will be announced in the upcoming weeks.