Chat with Eddie Chambers
Chambers takes on Samuel Peter in a heavyweight fight as a part of ESPN's Friday Night Fights on ESPN2. The two square off at Los Angeles' Nokia Theater.
Chambers enters the ring at 33-1 with 18 KOs. He lost the first fight of his career in January 2008. Since that loss, he has won three straight fights, two by knockouts. Five of his last eight wins have come by knockout. The 26-year-old hails from Philadelphia and fought 24 of his first 26 professional fights in Pennsylvania.
Send in your questions now, then join Chambers on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (4:01 PM)
Eddie will be here soon!
Eddie Chambers (4:07 PM)
Let's get started!
After you finish with Peter, which Klitchko brother are you interested in fighting?
Eddie Chambers (4:08 PM)
I do not have one in particular so I guess I would go with Vitale first. I am not looking ahead. I will fight anyone anytime.
What are you going to have to do against the Nigerian Nightmare combat his strength and what did you take from watching his fight with Vitali?
Eddie Chambers (4:09 PM)
Obviously I need to use more movement. Vitali did not move that much since he was a tall target, so he had to make slight movement and use his reach. I may need to move more and move my head more. I may have to do a little more work, in order to get out of range. So maybe a little more work, a little more boxing.
Eddie, do you feel that this is the most important fight of your career to date?
Eddie Chambers (4:10 PM)
Yes, this is an opportunity to put myself in good graces and to get myself scene on a network like ESPN. This is a great opportunity to fight a former world champion.
When did you start fighting?
Eddie Chambers (4:11 PM)
I learned when I was 9 and started to compete at the age of 14 and won my first gold glove in 1995-96.
Eddie, what do you expect from Peter on friday night?
Eddie Chambers (4:11 PM)
I expect as much pressure as possible and a lot of power and strength. I expect him to come out strong early and for him to give it his best. As for myself I need to counter act that and keep my jab in his face and not let him get any big punches off.
Roy Jones recently said he is considering a move back to heavyweight, would that be a fight that you would consider?
Eddie Chambers (4:13 PM)
Roy Jones is one of my favorite fighters to watch even now. That would be someone I would not necessarily want to fight, but he is a legend and I will take any challenge from anyone.
eddie and big rob ,do you nexpect the fight to go the distance
Eddie Chambers (4:14 PM)
Honestly with him being a tough guys and very resilient, I am not saying I am expecting it too, I will do anything I can to stop him. But I do expect it to be a long, hard-fought battle.
Eddie, why do you think the sport of boxing suffers as a whole when there is no American Heavyweight like a Louis or Ali to rally around?
Eddie Chambers (4:15 PM)
Well the heavyweights are the biggest guys and the US wants to dominate in everything. We are in a dry spell and that makes it tough. It is hard to get the titles back now because you have to go outside of the US to get the titles and things are more political and harder to arrange. The young guys just have to go out and dominate and get the titles back to the US.
Eddie, are you looking for a title shot in the near future if you have a good performance in victory in friday against Peter?
Eddie Chambers (4:16 PM)
Absolutely. That is the goal. My goal is actually to win the title. But getting the shot is the first part of the goal. I also want to unify. But that is one of the main things I am looking for in boxing.
Gerardo (Tempe, AZ)
Eddie good luck tonight, and I hope to see more of you in the future!
Eddie Chambers (4:17 PM)
Thank you very much. I really appreciate my fans.
Brian (Sacramento, CA)
Eddie, What did you do to prepare for this fight??
Eddie Chambers (4:18 PM)
I came out to Cali and did a lot of good sparring, and running, getting down really gritty and working hard because it is the opportunity of a lifetime. I had a great camp and I expect great things from this fight.
First off Eddie, happy early birthday. Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
Eddie Chambers (4:19 PM)
My dad started me and if it was not for him pushing me to do what I do, working hard, I would not be here. So I have to give my dad a ton of credit. There are a ton of boxers who inspired me but not more than my dad and my team.
Eddie Chambers (4:21 PM)
To my fans thank you for the support and I look forward to doing my best Friday to impress you and my team in this fight with Peter.