Boxing: nbc

Adamek beats Chambers in Jersey

June, 17, 2012
His record won't indicate it, but June 16, 2012 was and will be one of the best professional nights of Eddie Chambers' life.

The Philadelphia heavyweight lost to Tomasz Adamek in the main event at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on a card televised by NBC's cable sports channel. But he did so with just one good arm, as he seemed to tear something in his left when throwing a hook in the first. With 34 seconds left in the start-up frame, his left was rendered useless -- he threw, missed and twice looked down at the crippled wing -- and he fought Poland's Adamek with one arm the rest of the way. The fight was a tight one, but the judges -- not being the sentimental sorts that I am -- gave Adamek the nod, by scores of 116-112 (twice), 119-109.

Adamek, 35, threw more but landed less. He went 134-919, as Chambers' elusiveness proved hard to handle over the whole 12. Chambers, 30, went 152-462, and this decision once again cements, as if it wasn't already glaringly apparent, that judges love the guy who punches more. Adamek threw more than Chambers and won. Timothy Bradley Jr. threw more than Manny Pacquiao last week and "won."

Now, I could be wrong -- and someone please alert me if I just missed this -- but it looked to me like Adamek's corner never picked up on the fact that Chambers didn't use his left hand at all after the first. Maybe trainer Roger Bloodworth did tell Adamek (now 46-2, 28 KOs) of this development and I missed it. If not, it goes to show you that even a wise hand like the vet Bloodworth can miss a big ol' thing in the haze of battle. Chambers dropped to 36-3 (18 KOs), but there was no shame in his game in Jersey on this night.
He's 34, and his supply of chances are not infinite. Zab Judah is no longer the hungry young lion, the champ with tremendous longterm upside, or even a comebacking vet on the hunt for previous success. The Brownsville-bred boxer, who now calls Vegas home, is a survivor coming off a stinging loss, to Amir Khan in July (KO5), and he'll have to beat Vernon Paris on March 24 at the Aviator Center in Brooklyn, and look decent doing it, if he doesn't want to get transferred into the "tester" bin. If Judah (41-7; former junior welter and welter champ) doesn't want to be the guy who is fed to today's hungry young lions, he'll have to show more zest for combat than he did against Khan; Judah went down off a borderline low shot, and was counted out. He cried foul, in the ring and in weeks after, but he'll have better luck at convincing the fans and decision makers that he still has it by taking out the 26-0 Paris, who is based in Detroit.

The fight is an IBF eliminator, so the winner will be named to No. 1 contender at welterweight.

Tickets for the bout, which will take place at the Aviator Sports and Event Center, located at Floyd Bennett Field, are priced at $200, $100 and $75 and may be purchased by calling Peltz Boxing, (215) 765-0922, or online through

The bout will be televised as part of the new Fight Night Boxing Series on the NBC Sports Network. The non-televised undercard fights will begin at 7:30 p.m., the NBC Sports Network Fight Night broadcast will begin at 10 p.m. ET on Mar 24th.