Adamek-Chambers highlight NBC ‘Fight Night June Splash

By Francis Walker
Updated: April 20, 2012

Getting ready to Rumble

Getting ready to Rumble

NEW YORK, NY (BASN)–-A pair of former world heavyweight title challengers will lock horns in the middle of the ring on Saturday, June 16, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Outstanding Polish favorite, Tomasz Adamek battles Eddie Chambers in the main event of a NBCSN broadcast beginning at 9 PM/ET. The show will also feature Bryant Jennings, fresh off his TKO win against former WBO heavyweight titlist Sergui Liakhovicvh in March, taking on Steve Collins.

The NBCSN broadcast will begin at 9PM ET. Prudential doors open at 6:00PM.

“I am very excited to come back to Prudential Center,” Adamek said in a statement. “I want to give a good fight to my fans. I think for everybody this is a good situation, it is very close to my home and all my fans can come to see me.”

In March, Adamek returned to the ring for the first time since losing to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in front of 40,000 people at a soccer stadium in Poland last September. Adamek defeated a tough and game Nagy Aguilera, via decision.

At least Adamek had an opportunity to get his feet wet since losing his world title bid to Vitali. Chambers, who was dealt a knockout defeat in the final seconds of the twelfth round against the other Klitschko (Wladimir), has been inactive in recent months due to injury. Chambers was supposed to have fought Tony Thompson in an eliminator to determine the No. 1-ranked challenger for a rematch with Wladimir. Chambers pulled out of the fight and Thompson was awarded with the second opportunity (Wladimir KO’d Thompson in July 2008).

“I really think this opportunity is great for all parties involved,” Chambers said. “It’s almost like back in the days when I was growing up, you had those three channels and you could still get the fights. We are starting to get that back, where everybody could see the fights. I think it’s great. I think you couldn’t have put two more classy fighters in the ring together -two fighters that are going to fight, similar styles, more action. I know Tomasz is going to have a lot of fans coming to support him, so please come out and support me!”

Chambers, trained and managed by his father through the years, will be working with James Bashir, a long-time assistant trainer to Wladimir Klitschko.

“It is a breath of fresh air to be working with someone who wants to fight with the best,” Bashir said. “You couldn’t ask for a better match up. These are two guys who want it, two different styles clashing and two guys who are not trying to avoid anything in boxing. Ziggy (Rozalski, Adamek’s advisor) said to me earlier, “‘We were surprised that Eddie took this fight,’ and I said ‘Hmm, we were surprised that Tomasz took this fight!’”

Bashir went on to add that boxing needs matches in which people will feel excited enough to support. The best has to fight the best – period! It happens in the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, MLS, NCAA, and even the UFC. Why not boxing?

“Not only does this fight do good for the fans, not only does this fight do good for the heavyweight division,” Bashir stated. “This fight does good for boxing period! Boxing needs healing and these guys meeting each other at this level is great! It’s a great fight. It’s one of the most exciting fights out there. Mayweather and Cotto are getting ready to fight, but to me it’s a fight that should have happened five years ago.”

“This fight is happening right on time. Both guys have met and been defeated by the Klitschko brothers and where else do you go but right back to the top by fighting the best in the division? So on the 16th we are going to match wits to see who is the best guy to go back and meet the champion.”

NBC ‘Fight Night’ returns to Pennsylvania on June 1

The NBC Sports Network Fight Night series will have its third installment on Friday, June 1, at the Events Center of the Sands Resort & Casino in Bethlehem, PA. Junior middleweights Gabriel Rosado and Joel Julio are featured in the main event scheduled for 12 rounds.

Rosado, fresh off a five round knockout of Jesus Soto-Karass during the initial installment of NBC Sports Network Fight Night series in January in Philadelphia, is moving along the IBF and WBC title rankings. Rosado doesn’t have a glossy record, but has wins over former world champion Kassim Ouma and Saul Roman.

Julio has a lot of experience and is recognized for his punching power. But Julio was never considered an elite fighter by many. But a fight with Rosado is exciting because, both fighters can throw and will be fighting for one last push toward a higher profile fight.

Also, Bethlehen, PA prospect Ronald Cruz fights Prenice Brewer in a 12-round contest.