Tann No Longer A Prospect, Chambers A Contender

By Tom Donelson
Updated: May 6, 2007

Boxing Gloves IOWA CITY, Ia. — Malcolm Tann was once a prospect, but now he was in the position of being nothing more than a second tier opponent.

On the last ShoBox program, Tann became a last minute substitute and facing yet another prospect Chris Arreola.

Tann faced a fighter who was in similar position that he once was but now he could derail the Arreola train toward contender status. Arreola’s style is take no prisoner and keeps coming forward until his opponent drops or he does.

As for Tann, he is the classic boxer, jab and move, using his height and keeping a good distance from his opponent.

For Tann, the only way to victory was to box and move away from Arreola constant pressure.

The first round set the pattern for the rest of the fight as Arreola pressured Tann and Tann could not either escape or throw effective punches to keep Arreola off him.

Arreola lived off Tann’s chest and every round repeated the first.

He pounded the body and then smacked Tann in the head and whatever combination that Tann retaliated with did little to ward of the stronger Arreola.

The fight seemed predetermined and the only thing that kept Tann up was his heart.

He would take Arreola’s best for seven rounds and going into the eighth and final round; Arreola built up a large lead on the score card.

There was no way for Tann to win and even his own corner told him so. Tann went for broke but it was for no avail. He lacked the power to stop Arreola and his new found aggressive style put him at risk to Arreola’s own counter.

After a minute, Arreola trapped Tann on the rope and this time, there was no escape. The referee stopped the fight as Tann slipped through the rope from a series of sledgehammer punches.

Arreola moved on his path to contender status and as for Tann, his career suffered another blow. His third defeat took him from the once promising to permanent opponent status.

The main event was a fight between prospect Fast Eddie Chambers and former Heavyweight contender Dominick Guinn.

It was just three years ago that Guinn was the America best hope for heavyweight glory and championship.

Now, he was fighting for his career.

One more lost and he will slip further down the ladder of heavyweight contender, never to rise again.

For Chambers, this was his big shot at a serious threat.

He’s not your typical Philadelphia fighter for he depended upon speed as oppose to outright aggressiveness. He’s not Joe Frazier, forever moving forward and slamming body shots.

He was a slippery boxer with little power but accurate punches.

Guinn’s biggest sin has always been predictability and tentative style. He allowed his opponent to set the pattern of any fight and he merely played the foil. His goal was to win and win convincingly.

Failure was not an option and in the opening moment, he came out smoking.

He threw combinations to body and back up to head.

Chambers seemed non-plus and merely blocked most of the blows with his hands. At the end of the round, Chambers countered but it appeared that Guinn won the round.

From this point, the fight settled into a similar pattern, much to Guinn’s dismay.

Guinn reverted back to his old habits of tentative fighting and when he did fight; Chambers accurate punches rained upon Guinn’s face.

Each round was close but throughout most of the fight, Chambers’ hand speed began to show its effect upon Guinn’s face.

His face puffed up and his eyes started to swell as Chambers’ technical skills proved the difference.

For Guinn, this lost may have ended what was a promising career.

He still has the skills and power to be a top ten contender but there is something missing.

To many times, he allowed Chambers to get off those rapier quick punches and never imposed his will. In the end, Guinn did just enough to lose.

Chambers showed skills but questions still remain. Does he have enough power to keep bigger heavyweights at bay?

Chambers has the hand speed but he does not have Chris Byrd movement and his chin has yet to be truly tested.

He did just enough to beat Guinn but over the past years, he became the fifth fighter who did just enough to beat Guinn. For Guinn, final answers about his career have been answered.

For Chambers, questions still remain.