Recently it was announced that Polish two-weight world Champion Tomasz Adamek and American world title challenger Eddie Chambers are to face off against each other on the 16th June at the Prudential Centre in Newark, New Jersey, the state in which the Zywiec born Adamek currently calls home where he is currently trained by Roger Bloodworth, former trainer of the big hitting Samoan David Tua.
It will be Adamek’s second contest this year after being stopped in 10 rounds in his World Heavyweight title challenge in Wroclaw, Poland against Vitali Klitchsko back in November 2010.
Adamek put in a gallant performance but was ultimately outclassed by elder Klitchsko for the WBC belt in front of an overwhelmingly partisan crowd urging him on the at the Miejski Stadium, which is the home of Polish football team Śląsk Wrocław.
In his return fight back in March, Adamek defeated Dominican Heavyweight Nagy Aguilera over 10 rounds in New York.
For Chambers, it is his first fight in 16 months after defeating fellow American Derric Rossy on a unanimous decision in Atlantic City in an IBF eliminator to fight current Heavyweight King of the Hill Wladimir Klitchsko, who successfully knocked out Chambers in the 12th round in Dusseldorf back in March 2010.
Chambers had previously been scheduled to fight fellow Wladimir victim Tony Thompson in the final eliminator to fight the younger Klitchsko, but was forced to pull out through a back injury, not just for this fight, but also with reported broken ribs against former world title holder Siarhei Liakhovich, much to Liakhovich’s disgust in a fight that was scheduled to be broadcast on the NBC network in the United States.
In terms of Heavyweight competition that both men have faced in their careers, Chambers holds wins over Russian Heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko, the former European Heavyweight champion, who he defeated in a WBO eliminator to get his crack against the younger Klitchsko on a wide points decision victory.
This was an impressive feat when you take into account Chambers was giving away over three stone in weight, five and a half inches height and further eight in reach to Dimitrenko.
There is a also a wide points loss at the hands of Alexander Povetkin, who would later become the “WBA” regular Heavyweight Champion in a four man IBF Heavyweight eliminator tournament . Prior to this fight, Chambers would defeat the “Boxing Banker” Calvin Brock on a split decision and also holds a majority points decision victory over former WBC title holder Samuel Peter.
While Adamek, who has only fought at Heavyweight since 2009 after stopping the American Bobby Gunn in his final defence of the IBF Cruiserweight title, has apart from losing to the elder Klitchsko, gained wins over former world title challengers Michael Grant, whom he dominated with a wide points decision win for a minor IBF trinket and the big hitting American star Chris Arreola prior to this and ending the career of fellow Pole Andrew Golota, a victory much to the delight of many a Heavyweight fighter who values his manhood due to Golota’s penchant for regularly testing his opponents' protective cup during fights.
When you take into account these comparisons of names on the record, Chambers has the slight edge of Adamek in this department.
It is an interesting crossroads fight with both men being linked with a shot at fighting the younger Klitchsko when Wladimir is successful in dispatching his IBF mandatory Tony Thompson later this year in Switzerland.
Adamek has the edge in boxing ability and experience at a higher level, despite it being at lower weight categories, while Chambers is the more natural and quicker fighter at the weight.
However, this writer believes that Chambers’ recent ring inactivity places him at a disadvantage against Adamek, who is likely to start the pre-fight betting favourite and will want to show he is still a top line Heavyweight contender and it is likely that Adamek’s superior experience will see him victorious against Chambers.