Weights: Chambers 202, Adamek 225
By Eric Thomas: In a bad sign for former heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KO’s), he weighed in on Friday at a career low of 202 pounds for his bout on Saturday night against former two division world champion Tomasz Adamek (45-2, 28 KO’s) for their fight at the Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey.
Chambers, 30, will be giving away 23 pounds to Adamek, who weighed in at 225 pounds, which is a career high for him. The previous high for Adamek was 222 1/2 lbs for his 10 round unanimous decision win over Nagy Aguilera last March. Adamek looked decent in that fight, but far from unbeatable.
The weight advantage will be a definite plus for Adamek, because he’ll have the bigger power if not the better speed. This will be one of the rare fights in which Adamek won’t be the quicker fighter. However, having a huge weight advantage over Chambers will definitely help Adamek. In addition to that, Chambers hasn’t fought since last year in February.
You normally don’t see inactive fighters in the class of Chambers taking risky fights like this after such a long layoff, but it looks like Chambers is looking to get an immediate boost in the rankings with a win over Adamek on Saturday. It’s not a smart move, but it could pay off big time if Chambers can somehow win the fight.
Adamek fought for the title against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko last September, losing by a 10th round stoppage. Adamek didn’t have the size to compete with the 6’7 250 pound Vitali, which is one of the reasons why Adamek has decided to put on more weight. His weight wasn’t the reason why he lost so badly to Vitali. It more of a lack of reach and power. Even if Adamek weighed in the 230s, he would still be too short to compete against Vitali or his brother. Adamek was a big puncher at cruiserweight but he didn’t bring his power up with him to the heavyweight division unfortunately.
Other fight weights on the card:
Bryant Jennings 222 – Steve Collins 244
Jamaal Davis 154.5 – Doel Carrasquillo 155.5
John Thompson 155.5 – John Mackey 155.5
Patrick Farrell 209.5 – David Williams 227.5
Jose Peralta 140 – Dpntre King 142
Tureano Johnson 161.5 – Roberto Yong 162
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