The heavyweight division may not be what it once was in boxing, but there are certainly still some talented fighters who are looking to take that next step. Two of them will meet on Saturday night as Tomasz "Goral" Adamek and Eddie Chambers will do battle for the NABF Heavyweight Championship on Saturday night.
Adamek and Chambers each have only two career losses, Adamek losing to Vitali Klitschko and Chambers losing to Wladimir Klitschko two fights ago, respectively. Perhaps neither boxer is at the same level as the Klitschkos, but the winner may very well be in line to get another shot at one of the Ukrainian brothers.
Whatever the case, Adamek and Chambers are two fighters who are trying to separate themselves from the pack, and one of them figures to do that on Saturday. Here is all the information you need for when and where to catch Adamek vs. Chambers this weekend.
Where: Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
When: Saturday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET
Watch: NBC Sports Network
Betting Line (via SportBet): Adamek (-210) and Chambers (+175)
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Keys to Adamek Win
Adamek has been a heavyweight since 2008, but prior to that he competed in the cruiserweight and light heavyweight divisions.
Because of that, Adamek likely has the advantage over Chambers in terms of his movement and quickness. Chambers certainly moves well for a man his size, but Adamek is used to facing much smaller fighters, so he has been tested often in that regard and has passed the test more often than not.
Also, while Adamek is naturally a smaller man than Chambers, he packs more power into his punch. In Chambers' 35 career wins, he has scored just 18 knockouts, while Adamek has 28 in 45 victories.
Neither man is easy to knock out as each has only been put down once by a Klitschko, but Adamek has the power to stop this fight early, and he ought to go all-out in an attempt to do so.
Keys to Chambers Win
Seeing as he is five years younger than Adamek, Chambers figures to have the edge in this bout when it comes to stamina. Chambers seems to prefer taking his fights the distance and winning them on the scorecards, so he should stick with what has worked well to this point.
The biggest issue for Chambers, though, is that he hasn't fought in well over a year, since beating Derric Rossy in February of 2011.
With that in mind, Chambers may have to knock off some ring rust early in the fight. By the same token, he should be very well rested, and that might bode well for him in the closing stages of the matchup.
Because of Adamek's sneaky punching power, Chambers needs to be very cautious, but he can't afford to lay back and let Adamek kill him on the scorecards. If Chambers employs a bit of an ambush attack in which he throws a few punches and bails, I believe that will be his best bet to win the bout in the eyes of the judges.
This is a fight that could certainly go either way, but I expect the long layoff to adversely affect Chambers in the end. Adamek won't be able to knock him out since Chambers is a tough customer, but Adamek should be able to win decisively on the scorecards by unanimous decision.
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