Heavyweights Collide in Newark

By Teron Briggs on June 15, 2012
Heavyweights Collide in Newark
The arena in Newark routinely transforms into Little Poland when Adamek fights there

Aaron Davis assured the media, fans and fighters that this card will be presided over by some of the state’s “best judges and some of our best referees…”

Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto is the biggest ticket seller on the east coast. Can you name the second? Few fans of the sport would guess that it was the fighting pride of Jersey City, NJ, by way of Zywiec, Poland, Tomasz “Goral” Adamek. On Saturday Night, NBC Sports Network Fight Night will televise “Heavyweights Collide” from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, headlined by a 12-round bout between former title challengers Tomasz Adamek (45-2, 28 KOs) and “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs).

The arena in Newark routinely transforms into Little Poland when former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Adamek fights there (7-0 career record at The Pru), oftentimes drawing fervent crowds in excess of 10,000.

Adamek has been victorious in seven of the eight bouts he’s had at heavyweight, with the single loss coming last year to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs). The ring savvy he rarely displayed in the lighter divisions, where he could overpower his opponents with brute strength, proved useful in his biggest career win to date, a 12-round decision over former number one contender Chris Arreola (29-1, 25 KOs). Though all of his opponents at heavyweight haven’t possessed the talent of Arreola, they’ve usually engaged him in exciting contests. Whether it was stopping the completely outgunned Vinny Maddalone in five rounds or out-boxing the much larger Michael Grant over 12, Adamek has been able to use a balance of effective aggressiveness and subtle movement to stake his claim as a top heavyweight.

Eddie Chambers of nearby Philadelphia represents one of the better opponents Goral has faced, even if he doesn’t think so. “Just look at the people I fought in my career,” said Adamek in a recent interview, “and tell me with a straight face that Chambers is special.” Chambers is expected to also have the edge in hand speed, though Adamek believes he “will be just as fast as him.”

Though Eddie Chambers isn’t rated as highly as Adamek, he is the more accomplished fighter in the division. Chambers’ only two losses have come when Ring #1 rated heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko (53-3, 47 KOs) knocked him out in 12 rounds in 2010 and when he was outpointed by WBA champion Alexander Povetkin (14-0, 10 KOs) in 2008.  Despite these blemishes on his record, “Fast” Eddie holds impressive victories over the previously undefeated Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs) and former title challengers Sam Peter (26-2, 23 KOs) and Calvin Brock (31-1, 23 KOs). Chambers has suffered injuries to his back and a rib over the last year and half that prevented him from fighting since winning a 12-round decision over Derric Rossy in February of 2011. In a candid moment at the final press conference he acknowledged that a “tune-up would’ve been good” but that he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to fight a well-known and quality foe like Adamek.

Who will win is a toss-up, however Chambers perfectly summed up the contest when he said “This is one of the better fights that can be made in the heavyweight division.”

In the main undercard attraction, undefeated heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings (13-0, 6 KOs) returns to the ring following his vicious nine-round thumping of Siarhei Liakhovich. Jennings will attempt to improve his rising stock against unknown Steve Collins (25-1-1, 18 KO) in a 10-round bout. Collins will certainly be a step down from the former WBO Champion Liakhovich, however Jennings insists he “takes no man lightly” in the ring.

After the sport received yet another black eye from the horrible officiating on display in the recent Pacquiao vs. Bradley contest, New Jersey boxing commissioner Aaron Davis assured the media, fans and fighters that this fight card will be presided over by some of the state’s “best judges and some of our best referees.”

Tickets for “Heavyweights Collide” are priced at $254 ringside, $104, $79, and $54 through Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com; Charge-by-phone: 1-800-745-3000; Ticketmaster Express 866-448-7849; and Ticketmaster ticket centers. Tickets are also available at Prudential Center’s Box Office and www.prucenter.com.

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