Weigh-In: Chambers 205, Dimitrenko 250 – News
By Jason Kim: Heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers (34-1, 18 KO’s) has a huge mountain to climb tomorrow night when he faces the huge 6’7″ unbeaten Ukrainian heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KO’s) in the World Boxing Organization title Eliminator bout at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, Germany. At today’s weigh-in, Chambers, 27, weighed in at a svelte 205 pounds, whereas Dimitrenko came in 45 pounds heavier at 250 pounds.
This is going to be like a rematch between a modern day Jack Dempsey vs. Jess Willard. Chambers, ranked #5 in the WBC, is going to have to find a way to not only deal with the six inch height and the eight inch reach advantage that Dimitrenko will have going for him in the fight, but now he has to deal with a lot of weight.
It’s curious as to why Chambers has decided to take weight off for this fight, because he’s been fighting in the low 220s and has never been as low as 205 since turning pro nine years ago in 2000.
Chambers defeated Samuel Peter by a 10-round majority decision in March 2009, and didn’t look all that impressive in that fight. Chambers got the win, but he was plagued once again by having problems with his work rate as well as his power.
Against Dimitrenko, Chambers is going to have to have to work hard and throw a lot of punches, because Dimitrenko likes to throw a lot of jabs and will be looking to win the rounds with his jab alone. Chambers will have to find a way to get through Dimitrenko’s long arms in order to land his punches.
Although nicknamed “Fast” Eddie, Chambers isn’t really all that quick of a puncher. He gets most of his wins by staying out of the way of his opponents’ big shots and then countering them with combinations. He knows when to get inside and throw punches and then escape without getting hit all that much.
It’s worked for him fairly well until fighting Peter and Alexander Povetkin. In those fights, Chambers was hit a lot. He probably would have lost to Peter if Samuel had come into the fight in halfway decent condition, because Peter came into the fight at a career high of 265 pounds.
And yet Peter still came close to beating Chambers. If Chambers doesn’t fight better than that against Dimitrenko, he will lose and lose badly to the huge Ukrainian. Dimitrenko doesn’t have to let Chambers in close if he doesn’t want to and can pick and choose if he wants to fight him at close range or not.
Dimitrenko is ranked at number #1 in the WBO, although he hasn’t faced anyone near to the class of Chambers. This is why it’s an unknown how good Dimitrenko is. He’s looked good for the most part against the opponents he’s been put in with, but because most of his opposition has been on the poor side, it’s hard to tell whether Dimitrenko is as good as he’s looked in building up his 29-0 record.
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