Eddie Chambers: I could beat Joshua with one arm behind my back
By Scott Gilfoid: Former world heavyweight title challenger Eddie Chambers (41-4, 22 KOs) says he’s confident that he’d beat the 6’6” British heavyweight Anthony Joshua (10-0, 10 KOs) if he agreed to fight him. Chambers, who has previously fought heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, says he’d wrap one of his arms behind his back and still beat the British heavyweight.
While the 6’1” Chambers would be giving up a considerable amount of size and reach against the 6’6” Joshua, you can’t rule out a knockout win for Chambers because he’s got a little pop in his punches.
Chambers has arguably been beaten only once since his loss to Wladimir, and that was when he made an ill-advised move down to cruiserweight to face the defensive artist Thabiso Mchunu in 2013. Chambers looked too weight drained for him to compete against the Mayweather-like Mchunu.
In his fight before that, Chambers was beaten by Tomasz Adamek by a controversial 12 round decision in 2012. Chambers fought one-handed for much of the fight, and yet he still dominated Adamek.
”If I fight @anthonyfjoshua I would wrap 1 arm behind my back & still beat him. That’s how confident I am!.. #Skills,” Chambers said on his twitter on Sunday.
Joshua is really easy to hit due to his slow, flat-footed fighting style. He pushes his punches, and doesn’t have the snap on his shots the way that more explosive heavyweights like Deontay Wilder. In the amateur ranks, Dillian Whyte dropped Chambers with a left-right combination in the process of beating him by a decision.
Whyte trapped Joshua into a war, and got him arm weary from all the muscles he has in his arms. It was the perfect strategy because Joshua wore out quickly and didn’t have much on his shots by the 2nd round. That fight is obviously the blue print in how to beat Joshua. You make him fight a war to wear him down, and then take over the fight when he gasses out.
The only thing with Chambers is whether he has the chin to fight in a brief 4-round wore with Joshua to get him tired enough so that he can take over the fight after the 4th? If Chambers can handle some of Joshua’s best punches in the first three rounds, he’d have an excellent chance of beating him by a knockout.
Joshua carries around a lot of muscle on his frame. It’s unclear if he’s lifting too much weights, or if this is simply how his body is. Whatever the case, all the muscles on his upper body make him slow and force him to throw arm punches instead of being limber enough to put his whole body into each shot like the best heavyweights do. I don’t know that Joshua can strip down the muscles get faster. It just looks like he’ll always be built like Frank Bruno with the huge muscles that don’t seem to help him.
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