Eddie Chambers has finally seen the light and is moving down to cruiserweight.
Although he has been a good heavyweight contender in recent years, Chambers is very small for the division. He goes 6-foot-1 and has weighed less than 210 pounds for his past four fights. He is talented but his lack of size and the fact that he does not pack much of a punch are huge detriments.
When he challenged heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in a 2010 mandatory fight, Chambers was massively outgunned in terms of size and power. It was amazing that he hung in against Klitschko for as long as he did, but he took a serious beating before being put to sleep in a sick one-punch knockout in the 12th round. It left Chambers nearly out of the ring and unconscious with just five seconds left in the fight.
Eleven months later, Chambers returned to easily outpoint Derric Rossy, an average heavyweight at best, and then lost a decision to Tomasz Adamek in June. It was a close, competitive fight that some thought Chambers won, but he didn’t get the call.
If Chambers had stayed at heavyweight, where was he going? There was nothing out there for him, so the move down in weight made sense since he is so close to the weight limit already.
But even before the losses to Klitschko and Adamek, I thought that Chambers (36-3, 18 KOs) could easily make the cruiserweight limit of 200 pounds and be a force in the weight class.
Although I don’t think he will ever be a heavy hitter, Chambers has the boxing skills and defense to be a very successful cruiserweight.
And at long last, he does too. The 30-year-old from Philadelphia announced on Wednesday that he had made the decision that I think he should have made years ago to drop down to cruiserweight.
"The cruiserweight division is better because I'll be fighting guys my size," Chambers said. "I may have had some advantages at heavyweight, but imagine me at cruiser, fighting against someone my own size.
"I want to be a world champion. That's what you set out to do when you start boxing. That's what I want to be, and I've worked my entire boxing career, and most of my life, at that. I want to achieve it. I see that title wrapped around my waist."
Chambers’ decision coincided with the announcement that he had signed with promoter Main Events, which plans to feature him on its “Fight Night” series on NBC Sports Net.
"I think it's a great opportunity," Chambers said. "Main Events puts on nothing but great fights. I'm just happy to be part of it. They really have confidence in my ability, and it led me to believe that these were the people for me."
Said Main Events CEO Kathy Duva, "I don't think anyone in the cruiserweight division can beat Eddie Chambers, period. We are very happy that he has decided to work with us towards his goal of winning the cruiserweight title and I have no doubt in my mind that he will get there very soon."