Chambers, Jennings and Adamek put on display three current heavyweight contenders on the card (Photo by Mike Gladysz).
Tomasz Adamek Facing Eddie Chambers in Main Event at Prudential Center
When the next edition of the NBC Sports Network Fight Night series takes place at Prudential Center in Newark on June 16th, some key heavyweight contenders will be on display. Facing off in the main event of the show will be two popular big men, as Polish sensation Tomasz Adamek (45-2, 28 KOs) meets Philadelphia native Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs).
"It's funny. There's no champion here, there's no challenger,” said Kathy Duva, who is CEO of show promoter Main Events. “It's a 10-rounder between two guys who are top five fighters, and it's sadly become a rarity in the heavyweight division. We hope to make that a much more common occurrence as we go forward with NBC.”
The Fight Night events have been very successful since the NBC Sports Network and Main Events combined forces to launch the series this past January. The fights have been entertaining, and Duva says the plan is to continue building on the foundation they have created with bouts such as this highly anticipated heavyweight pairing.
“We are really pleased that this fight is going to be that kind of pick 'em fight,” she continued. “If you look on the boxing websites, you see the comments. One guy says I'm picking Chambers, the next guy says I'm picking Adamek. Well, that's what makes a great boxing match. This is a fight that both guys are certain they are coming to win.”
This bout will be the second on the NBC Sports Network for Adamek, with his first being a unanimous decision victory over Nagy Aguilera at the Aviator Center in Brooklyn this past March. The popular Polish fighter has made Prudential Center his home venue since its doors opened in 2007, winning all seven contests he has fought there. Now fighting out of Jersey City, Adamek moved up to the heavyweight division in 2009, scoring a fifth round TKO win over Andrew Golota in his debut performance at the weight class. The former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion then won six consecutive pairings as a heavyweight, picking up the IBF International and NABO Heavyweight Championship along the way. He has his focus set upon becoming the first man ever to win the light heavyweight, cruiserweight and heavyweight crowns, and he had an opportunity to accomplish that feat last September when he met WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko in Poland. Despite a gritty performance, Adamek suffered a 10th round TKO loss to the much bigger Klitschko.
"I am very excited to come back to Prudential Center,” Adamek remarked. “I want to give a good fight to my fans. I think for everybody this is a good situation. It is very close to my home, and all my fans can come to see me."
Just 30-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.
With both fighters known as good boxers with unusually quick speed for heavyweights, Chambers says he is equally as excited as fight fans are for this encounter with Adamek.
"I really think this opportunity is great for all parties involved,” he stated. “It's almost like back in the days when I was growing up, you had those three channels and you could still get the fights. We are starting to get that back, where everybody could see the fights. I think it's great. I think you couldn't have put two more classy fighters in the ring together - two fighters that are going to fight, similar styles, more action. I know Tomasz is going to have a lot of fans coming to support him, so please come out and support me!"
Also on the bill for the main card on June 16th is an additional heavyweight bout between Bryant Jennings (13-0, 6 KOs) will face Steve Collins (25-1-1, 18 KOs), with the show hitting the TV airwaves at 9:00 p.m.