Wladimir Klitschko vs. Eddie Chambers won’t be shown on HBO; it will be on PPV – News
By Jim Dower: Unfortunately for boxing fans of IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, if they want to see him fight American challenger Eddie Chambers on March 20th they will have to pay to see the fight on Pay-Per-View. HBO has decided not to show the Klitschko-Chambers fight because their schedule “didn’t match-up with the fight date,” says ESPN writer Dan Rafael.
The fight was shopped around to ESPN, but there wasn’t the money there to bring the fight to the network, even though they were interested in showing the fight. The Klitschko-Chambers fight doesn’t figure to be a competitive fight, which is probably why HBO took a pass on this bout. Chambers, only 6’1” 209, will be giving up five inches in height, six inches in reach and 35 pounds in weight to the Ukrainian Klitschko.
While Chambers, 27, did an excellent job of beating 6’7” Alexander Dimitrenko by a 12 round majority decision in July, the win doesn’t mean that Chambers will be able to do the same thing against the big punching Klitschko. Dimitrenko is a much inferior fighter compared to Wladimir, has little power and made a big mistake in the Chambers fight by allowing Eddie to get in close and fight on the inside with him for much of the fight.
Chambers defeated Samuel Peter and Dimitrenko last year to get a shot against Wladimir Klitschko. Without a lot of power or size going for him against Wladimir, Chambers is going to have to find a way to out-work Klitschko over 12 rounds. He doesn’t have a big enough punch to take out Klitschko and has to find a way to get a decision somehow.
Klitschko, 33, hasn’t been beaten in six years since being stopped by Lamon Brewster in 2004. Since that time, Klitschko has looked dominating in winning his last 11 fights, 9 of them by stoppage.
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