Chambers looks to start 2012 with a bang (Photo courtesy of Main Events).
Heavyweight Faces Sergei Liakhovich on January 21st in Philadelphia
With the official launch of NBC Sports Network going down this past Monday, the focus now shifts to its premiere Fight Night on January 21st at the Asylum in Philadelphia. Hometown native “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs) faces Sergei "White Wolf" Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KOs) in a heavyweight pairing to headline the event, which is a co-promotion of Main Events, Peltz Productions and Goossen Tutor.
"I want people outside of boxing and new fans coming in to know just how hard I work, and how much work all fighters put in," Chambers said of the NBCSN Fight Night opener. "I believe that the heavyweight championship is the most coveted title in sports. Everyone loves a gladiator, and that is what boxing is about. NBC Sports Network stepping up to the table will hopefully get fans to take a look at the sport once again and jump on the bandwagon. This is exactly what we need. I know when the fans tune in January 21st, they will not be disappointed."
Chambers also spoke about returning to the City of Brotherly Love, a place where he has not fought since stopping Livin Castillo in 2008.
"I am training extremely hard, and it is great having the opportunity to be fighting back in front of your fans, your people, and knowing that most of the people that are there in the crowd are for you," he stated.
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 last 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.
"Liakhovich is a very competitive and very live opponent,” Chambers remarked. “I think our style match up will make for a very exciting fight. Right now, Liakhovich is in my way. I always respect my opponent, but I have to knock him out of the way. I plan on doing that and taking care of business on January 21st in impressive fashion."
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.