Adamek won the IBF North American Title with the win.
Heavyweight Showdown Fulfills its Pre-Fight Hype
Tomasz Adamek (46-2, 28 KOs) returned home to Prudential Center in Newark for a main event pairing with Eddie Chambers (36-3, 18 KOs) on the NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night series on Saturday, claiming the IBF North American Heavyweight Title after a unanimous decision victory. Chambers basically fought the entirety of the bout with one hand after a left arm injury in the first round, but the Philadelphia native still put forth a highly impressive performance against the bigger Adamek.
“I win this fight. I thought this fight was very close,” Polish fighter Adamek stated at the post-fight press conference. “I wanted to stand there fighting punch-to-punch, but Eddie didn’t want to. He move, he was sneaky. But you know, I win this fight. I’m very happy. I will come back in September.”
The final score cards revealed had two 116-112 counts in favor of Adamek, along with a mind boggling 119-109 tally from Alan Rubenstein. Despite having just his right hand, Chambers out-landed Adamek 152-134 in total punches, also more than doubling Adamek’s 15% landing rate with 31% on his end.
“If he took a bucket of water and threw it, or rice and threw it, he couldn’t hit me,” Chambers halfway laughed to the media after the bout.
After the injury sustained by Chambers occurred in the opening frame, one could probably count the amount of times he threw his left the rest of the 12 rounds on one hand. To accommodate for the issue, he began to switch stances on a dime, throwing right lead jabs as a southpaw before quickly turning to orthodox to deliver a hard overhand right. His crafty head and body movement caused problems for Adamek in being able to touch him, and he did what was an impressive job of overcoming a very difficult setback.
“I’ve done this before where I switched to southpaw,” Chambers continued. “I used to practice southpaw a lot, but I did use my left hand a lot as a southpaw. So I just had to figure out how to use the right and just continue to use the right. If I would have been able to use both my hands, this would have been no contest. I think Tomasz is a great fighter, but my skills are just too good.”
Chambers truly looked comfortable in the ring opposite Adamek, even pumping his fists with the crowd as it began chants of “A-DAM-EK” and feeding off the energy of a building clearly on the side of his opponent. Adamek came into this pairing at 225 pounds, a full 23 pounds more than the lighter Chambers, making him the bigger fighter for the first time in nine fights as a heavyweight. He seemed to have a little bit of difficulty in adjusting to that fact after being the undersized boxer in each of his previous bouts at the weight division, but he finally began to look more settled in the second half of the fight, particularly turning the corner in the ninth frame and trying to ride his new momentum into the championship rounds.
The two fighters each had their moments during the final two frames of this 12-round affair, further making it a difficult task for the ringside judges to score the bout as a whole. While awaiting the final tallies, there was a sense it could go either way. When the decision was announced, it was definitely understandable to see Adamek receive the win, as it would have been if Chambers had gotten the nod. However, there is no excuse in the world for the criminal 11-1 card given by Rubenstein.
At the post-fight press conference, a few different scenarios were presented by the media to both fighters, and the next couple of months should shed more light upon which ones may reach fruition. Adamek said that he plans to return in September and eventually earn another world title fight in 2013, while Main Events CEO Kathy Duva did not rule out a future heavyweight encounter with Steve Cunningham, who was also in the media room at the press conference. Adamek defeated Cunningham in a 2008 ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate back when they were both cruiserweights and in what was the first boxing event at Prudential Center. Cunningham recently announced that he will be moving up to heavyweight.
As for Chambers, he said he will consider a move to cruiserweight, but he will weigh out his options at heavyweight before making that decision.
Post-Fight Video: Eddie Chambers
Post-Fight Video: Tomasz Adamek