Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Chambers back to heavyweight
By Dan Rafael
Eddie Chambers' failed experiment at cruiserweight is over. He is returning to heavyweight, will now be trained by Peter Fury and has joined England's Team Fury Promotions.
Although one of boxing's smallest heavyweight contenders, Chambers emerged as a legit contender but was simply outgunned by much bigger champion Wladimir Klitschko, who brutally knocked Chambers out in the 12th round of a title defense in 2010.
Former heavyweight title challenger Eddie Chambers will return to the division after a failed move to cruiserweight.
Last August, Chambers (36-4, 18 KOs), 31, of Philadelphia, dropped down to cruiserweight -- where many believed he belonged all along --- and was stunningly routed by unknown Thabiso Mchunu in a unanimous decision.
Chambers parted ways with promoter Main Events after the fight and now has hooked up with Team Fury, joining the stable of heavyweight contender Tyson Fury, cousin and heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury and Peter Fury, Tyson's uncle and Hughie's father.
"I am happy to be part of Team Fury Promotions. Being with Peter Fury and part of Team Fury is going to take me to the level Peter knows I'm capable of," Chambers said. "They have the right resources and boxing knowledge that I feel has been missing in my career so far. I've had some great trainers in the past. However, I think with Peter's great knowledge in the ring and also his business knowledge out of the ring, it gives me the confidence and inspiration I need to believe us as a team can do big things.
"I can't wait to fight in the UK for all the boxing fans there. I have a message to all heavyweights in the world: Eddie 'Fast' Chambers is coming for you soon."
Peter Fury has trained his nephews to unbeaten records and said he looks forward to working with Chambers, who has lost three of his last four bouts.
"For some years I have always admired the boxing skills [Chambers] possesses as a fighter," Fury said. "Having the trust and opportunity to challenge myself again is great. I love the American fighters of the past and am really excited to show the world what Eddie can achieve in world heavyweight boxing. He will be competing at heavyweight.
"I'm only in boxing to reach world goals and I believe by adding Eddie Chambers to our team is one more step in that direction. We will be working with Eddie in association with Mick Hennessy of Hennessy Sports who has been part of us in professional boxing from day one, and also Frank Warren with BoxNation. So we look ahead to doing big things in heavyweight boxing in the coming years."