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Adamek-Chambers to Rock Prudential Center
“I am very excited to come back to Prudential Center,” Adamek said. “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.”
Both Adamek and Chambers unsuccessfully challenged the Klitschko brothers in separate bids to become world heavyweight champion.
Chambers was knocked out in the final 10 seconds of his bout with unified IBF/WBA and WBO champion, Wladimir in March 2010.
Adamek, fighting in front of a soccer stadium in his native Poland, found himself in a technical mismatch with 6′ 7,’ 245-pound Vitali for the WBC heavyweight title and was stopped in the tenth round.
The toward a second heavyweight title shot will be lengthy because, both Adamek and Chambers will have to fight past one another. One fighter will resume their non-guaranteed bid toward another title shot, while the other fighter will sink below radar.
Well, sort of.
The heavyweight division really doesn’t have any budding stars at this point. Although Vitali is age 43 and Wladimir is creeping up at age 36, the Klitschko brothers are technically proficient, strong, and extremely durable. They are simply the best heavyweights on the planet and will continue their reign as world heavyweight champions until someone beats them.
Since there are no true heavyweight champions of the future at this point, the door is wide open for both Adamek and Chambers to make a sound comeback.
“I really think this opportunity is great for all parties involved,” Chambers stated. “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!”
Adamek is a former world light-heavyweight and cruiserweight champion. He made a huge jump to compete as a heavyweight. Adamek, a small heavyweight at 6′ 2,” 217, has shown solid fundamentals and excellent movement as a boxer wining his first six heavyweight contests against guys that out-weighed him by 15, 30, 40, and 50 pounds.
Since the loss to Klitschko last September, Adamek has fought once; winning a unanimous decision against a game and dangerous Nagy Aguilera (100-90, 100-90, and 99-91) in March.
Chambers has undergone periods of inactivity resulting from injury. Chambers last fought 16 months ago in February 2011 having out-pointed Derric Rosey.
Adamek should have the advantage and should emerge victorious. However, Chambers has a reputation of being fast and with James Bashir, second assistant to heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, in his corner, Chambers has a shot to win.
“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!’”
In addition, rising heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings (13-0, 6 KOs) hopes to continue his climb up the heavyweight ranks by besting Steve Collins (25-1-1, 18 KOs) in a 10-round contest.
Jennings is coming off a sharp TKO win against former WBO heavyweight champion, Sergei Liakhovich in March.