Las Vegas Boxing Odds: Tomasz Adamek and Eddie Chambers
Friday, June 15, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
Heading into Saturday night's fight in Newark for the vacant IBF North American heavyweight title, Tomasz Adamek and Eddie Chambers have one thing in common: both were recently pummeled by a Klitschko brother.
Adamek is a -225 favorite on Bovada Sportsbook's boxing odds with Chambers at +175. It's scheduled for 10 rounds, with the over/under at 9.5 at the book. It will be shown on NBC Sports Network's "Fight Night."
Adamek, 35, is from Poland but lives in Jersey City, N.J., and is very popular in that Polish-heavy area and thus should have all the crowd support at the Prudential Center, where he has fought seven times. Adamek (45-2, 28 KOs), a former cruiserweight and light heavyweight champion, fought Vitali Klitschko for Klitschko's WBC heavyweight title in September in Poland and was dominated before the fight was stopped in the 10th round.
Adamek bounced back with a unanimous 10-round decision win over journeyman Nagy Aguilera on March 24. Adamek's other career loss came back in 2007 to Chad Dawson, currently the WBC light-heavyweight champ. Adamek is ranked by the IBO as the No. 3 heavyweight contender.
The 30-year-old Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs) had a title shot against Wladimir Klitschko back in March 2010 but was totally outclassed and finally knocked out cold with only five seconds left in the fight. Chambers returned to the ring last February and won a unanimous decision vs. Derric Rossy; it was Chambers' second career win vs. Rossy.
Chambers, whose other career loss came to Alexander Povetkin in 2008, was then scheduled to fight Tony Thompson last October but pulled out with a back injury. Then in January he was slated to face Sergei Liakhovich but was forced to pull out with a rib injury. So it will have been 16 months since he was last in the ring. "Fast Eddie" is dedicating this bout to his advisor, mentor and co-trainer Rob Murray Sr., who passed away earlier this month.
Neither fighter has big knockout power, but both are active punchers. It's likely the loser of this fight never sees a title shot again, while the winner could get another shot at a Klitschko and earn the title of best heavyweight living in the U.S.
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