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Chambers Is Focused And Ready For Guinn
By Francis Walker
Updated: April 17, 2007
NEW YORK — Eddie Chambers is looking to position himself for bigger fights in the future. An unbeaten heavyweight contender (28-0, 16 KOs) that’s ranked No. 12 in the IBF and No. 13 in the WBO, Chambers attempts to continue his climb up the heavyweight ladder when he faces Dominick Guinn (28-4-1, 19 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight fight.
Chambers vs. Guinn will be the main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation series to be televised Saturday on Showtime at 11 pm ET at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas.
The opportunity to fight Guinn is a chance for Chambers to prove that he is emerging as one of the top heavyweight contenders. He recognizes the seriousness and importance of what a victory against Guinn would do for his career.
“I’m undefeated, but some would say look at the type of opponents that I’ve fought,” Chambers said during an exclusive interview with BASN.
“It’s a crossroads fight for both of us. I have to prove that I’m of the class of a Dominick Guinn by beating him. We’re both hungry and we both need it.”
Chambers will be fighting Guinn, an opponent who was once undefeated and on course to fighting at the heavyweight division’s high-end. He was 22-0 when achieved rave reviews for his brutal seventh round TKO of former heavyweight champion Michael Grant in June of 2003.
Guinn gave up four inches in height and nearly 40 pounds to the muscular 6-foot-7, 254-pound Grant. But it was Guinn who made Grant look like a punching bag.
After beating Grant, Guinn was featured on televised HBO and Showtime boxing cards, but couldn’t elevate his game to the next level. Losses to James Toney, Monte Barrett, and Sergui Liakhovich would force Guinn back to square-one on his career drawing board.
“I have to prove myself,” Chambers said referring to his upcoming fight with Guinn. “I have to fight guys in that caliber. You have some fighters that just haven’t fought guys at that caliber that have that name. I have to fight those higher caliber guys. I have to prove myself.”
Born and raised out of Pittsburgh, Chambers started fight professionally in December of 2000 at age 18. He’s fought exclusively out of the popular Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, PA from 2002-2006.
Philadelphia has the reputation for having produced some of the toughest and greatest fighters in boxing. Joe Frazier, Bernard Hopkins, Meldrick Taylor, Jersey Joe Walcott, Sonny Liston, and Tim Witherspoon all came out of Philly.
Philadelphia also has a reputation for conducting gym wars. Boxing gyms emerged in various sections of North, South, and West Philadelphia.
Fighters would engage in fierce competition within their neighborhood gyms. These gym wars would become so brutal, it was believed by many that these wars would eventually shorten a fighter’s professional career.
The gym wars tradition still exist in Philadelphia today.
“Some guys still do get involved,” Chambers said. “You shouldn’t leave all of your work in the gym. Guys try to get a name off of you. I haven’t been able to work with those guys”.
“You choose who you work with and who not to work with. You try to get guys who want to step-up and work to help prepare you.”
“A lot of Philly guys are tough, fight with aggression, and leave everything in the gym,” Chambers added. “I fought in Philadelphia for five years and still have plenty left.”
Chambers has not only elevated his preparation and boxing skills to a higher level, but he has also worked and shared intense training camps with IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitscho, and former heavyweight champions Hasim Rahman and John Ruiz.
With the knowledge that Chambers has gained as a young fighter by sparring and working out with more accomplished heavys, the young 25-year-old hopes it could transcend into success as a heavyweight title contender someday.
“I’m where I want to be in my career right now,” Chambers said. “Eventually I’ll get a title shot. At this stage, it’s perfect. I’m where I want to be. I’m with a good promoter. I think I’ll get put into a good position to have good fighters to put in position to move up and land a title shot.
Chambers was noticed by his promoter Dan Goossen of Goossen-Tutor Promotions following an impressive fifth round stoppage of Domonic Jenkins in August of 2006.
After signing with Goossen, Chambers TKO’d previously unbeaten Derrick Rossy in the seventh round in February of 2007.
Chambers has fought no less than three times per year after starting his professional career. Chambers expects to remain active while Goossen increases the level of competition.
“I’m prepared to fight as often as possible to get a title shot. I’ll be fighting three to four times per year against top guys more. Hopefully, I’ll get a title shot sooner or later.”
Chambers believes that the chance to fight Guinn is like fighting for a heavyweight title because, it’s the next fight. Chambers believes that he is always in the correct frame of mind and that he trains very, very hard.
Chambers is willing to prove himself as belonging amongst one of the best in the world. “Fighters now get pushed before they prove anything,” Chambers said.
“When you fight and realize what you are fighting for, interviews and recognition is great. You can’t overlook what you are doing. You have to think about what’s important. I just have to go in there and take care of business.”
Chambers is trained and managed by his father Eddie Chambers, Sr., who introduced his son to boxing at age 9. Chambers didn’t take boxing seriously until he turned 14.
“My dad encouraged me to get into boxing,” Chambers said. “I was a passive kid who didn’t want to get into fights. I wasn’t a real rough kid. He pushed me into it. The more I did it, the more I started to win. I started to like it.”
I look at [boxing] as a career that I have. I really enjoy it. I just want to keep the way that I am, I don’t want to change.”