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Chambers Outworks Guinn, Wins Tough Decision
NEW YORK — Eddie Chambers’ application of good hand speed and counterpunching catapulted him toward a 10-round unanimous decision victory against Dominick Guinn on Friday at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. The victory was perhaps the best performance in Chambers’ seven-career as a professional.
The bout was promoted by Dan Goossen of Goossen-Tutor Promotions and televised on Showtime’s increasingly popular ” ShoBox: The New Generation” series.
All three judges at ringside scored the bout 100-90 and 97-93 (twice) for Chambers.
Chambers (29-0, 16 KOs), a young 25-year-old fighter originally from Piitsburgh, now residing in Philly, needed to prove that he was pacing himself toward becoming a legitimate world title challenger in the future by beating more experienced fighters on a higher level.
Guinn (28-5-1, 19 KOs), 32, Houston, needed to prove that he could still compete in high profile fights and beat solid heavyweight contenders. Guinn’s most impressive victories was a TKO win against Michael Grant several years ago and a decision win against 2000 Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison. However, Monte Barrett, James Toney, and Sergui Liakhovich each had opportunities to fight for a world title after beating Guinn.
Chambers and Guinn fought an evenly matched contest in the early rounds. Both fighters stood directly in front each other. Gloves raised high covering the sides of their face, as both fighters exchanged punches. The difference was Chambers’ ability to beat Guinn to the punch.
“I should have been a lot faster and a lot better,” Chambers said afterwards. “I could have done a lot more than I did tonight. I could have been busier and thrown more combinations.”
Chambers probably wasn’t too impressed with his performance against Guinn. However, with a No. 12 ranking in the IBF and No. 13 in the WBO, Chambers becomes a more viable and attractive heavyweight title contender after winning the most important fight of his career against a very tough and game opponent.
“You have to give Guinn a lot of credit,” Chambers added. “He’s a tough guy who once was a top contender. I expected him to fight hard and he did. This is a great win for me, but I am not totally satisfied.”
Chambers’ left jabs were sharper than Guinn’s punches. He also threw more combinations than Guinn. Chambers also moved round the ring, allowing Guinn to make the mistake of walking straight into punches.
Unless Guinn could make the adjustment of applying more pressure by throwing more punches, it was already clear that by the end of the fifth round Chambers would pull away with a decisive victory.
Double-jabs to the head, straight-rights, and doubling the left hook in between Guinn’s guard were some of the directives Chambers successfully followed through his father/trainer Eddie, Sr.
There were times when Guinn had Chambers trapped against the ropes.Guinn landed some good body shots. However, in using his hand speed, Chambers countered with combinations and spun away from the ropes.
Overall, Chambers simply outworked Guinn, who threw some good body punches but couldn’t keep pace with Chambers.
“This is very disappointing,” Guinn said. “I thought the fight was mine. I didn’t do everything I wanted to do, but I was plenty adequate. I definitely think I proved that I could still fight.”
Toney Resumes Career
Former three-division world champion and heavyweight title contender James Toney (69-6-3, 43 KOs ) returns to action on Thursday, May 24. Toney will headline a “Fight Night at the Tank” boxing card at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California against Danny Batchelder (25-4-1, 12 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round main event.
In the last several years, Toney, indeed one of the greatest fighters of his era, has had a pretty good run as a heavyweight contender. The former 160, 168, and 190 pound world champion had the heavyweight championship in his grasp on April 30, 2005 at Madison Square Garden .
The coveted WBA heavyweight championship slipped through Toney’s fingers after a dominant performance victory against John Ruiz was changed to a no-contest on April 30, 2005.
Although Toney he had a doctor’s prescription for an antibiotic medication to heal a sports related injury, he was suspended by the New York State Athletic Commission.
Toney’s second opportunity to win a heavyweight championship against Hasim Rahman in March of 2006 ended in a 12-round draw.
At age 38, Toney hopes to return to the heavyweight title picture after losing two consecutive WBC heavyweight title elimination bouts against hard-punching Sam Peter.
“I’m rested and ready to fight anyone, anytime and anywhere,” Toney shouted. “It begins here in San Jose .I promise you will see the best heavyweight in the world on May 24. I come to fight. You won’t see me dancing. Hell no! I’m coming for the knockout. I am more determined than ever!”
Also on the card, San Jose’s own, 27-year-old, Ricardo Cortes (19-1-1, 14 KOs ) will compete in a in a scheduled 10-round middleweight contest. It will be Cortes’ first fight in more than 10 months.
“I am looking forward to getting back in the ring in San Jose at The Tank. It’s my home,” Cortes said. “Now that my career is being guided by Goossen Tutor, I will be more active and in line for some bigger fights in my pursuit of a world title.”
The event will be promoted by both of Goossen-Tutor Promotions and Don King Productions.