Friday, March 19, 2010
Weights from Dusseldorf
By Don Steinberg
Class acts: Wladimir Klitschko and Eddie Chambers are saving the fireworks for the ring.
No surprises on the scale: Wladimir Klitschko weighed 245 pounds (111 kilos); Eddie Chambers, 209 pounds (95 kilos).
The weigh-in, as an event, was a midtown madhouse. It took place on the third floor of Karstadt, a busy department store in Dusseldorf, on a temporary stage built between the pillow department and the picture frame selection.
There was a mob inside the store and out, and lots of scrumming whenever Wladimir came within range of view. Michael Buffer announced the brief proceedings.
After Chambers weighed in, Klitschko joked that Chambers was a mere cruiserweight. Then Wlad made a show of personally moving the metal slider on the scale several inches before he stepped on.
The staredown was uneventful, though, and all parties retreated behind closed doors for the prefight rules meeting.
Chambers' manager/trainer Rob Murray said they hoped to emerge from the meeting knowing Klitschko won't be able to hold and lean on Chambers too much. We'll see.