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Another Snoozefest in LA: Eddie Chambers Edges Samuel Peter

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 2: Samuel Peter smiles in his locker room after he is declared the winner by split decision after his WBC heavyweight title elimination/NABF & IBA heavyweight championship fight against James Toney at Staples Center on September 2, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
EJ ClaudioCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2009

Another heavyweight article that only a few people will read about. I guess I'm just one of those few people who still hopes that the heavyweight division will be resurrected.

However with the recent performance of Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter and Eddie "Too Fast" Chambers, shows that this division needs a lot of work.

I had a feeling this bout was going to be another boring fight even before the first bell rang when Samuel Peter entered the arena. He came in at 265 lbs. His heaviest for a fight. I knew that Peter won't be able to move well with all that weight.

Then I had second thoughts. I thought that maybe this would work on Chamber's favor, as he can thoroughly outbox the slumbering Peter with his fast hands.

But that didn't happen as well as Chambers appeared to be too reluctant to let his hands go. He was content on giving Peter the occasional jab as he looks to be afraid to get clobbered by a wild punch.

Peter was already gassed by the 6th round, and Chambers failed to capitalise as he didn't show enough grit to even attempt to finish the show.

The scores were unanimous in Chambers favor. I didn't get to score the fight, as I fell asleep in some rounds. However, from the rounds I've seen, I do believe that Chambers deserved the win, but it wasn't an impressive fight.

For me, this loss marks the end of Peter's career. The most he can do is become a gatekeeper of the division. And for Chambers, he needs to work on his aggressiveness. He is effective but his style is just painful to watch.

I hope that the coming heavyweight match-ups this year would be much better than the lackluster performance these two fighters displayed.

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