Main Events announced today that Tomasz Adamek and Eddie Chambers will face off in a battle of heavyweight contenders, on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at the Prudential Center, in Newark, NJ. The fight is the feature bout of the fourth edition of NBC Sports Network's nationally televised "Fight Night" boxing series. The TV broadcast will begin at 9PM ET.
The competitive 10-round contest pits two former title challengers against each other in an important fight that should move the winner up the heavyweight ladder, and place him closer to a second crack at one of the Klitschko brothers. Given the goal of both Adamek and Chambers is to win the heavyweight title, it figures that they are approaching this fight as a "must-win".
Adamek, 45-2, 28 KOs, a former world light-heavyweight and cruiserweight champion, faced Vitali Klitschko for the WBC belt last September. Tomasz lost that bid for the heavyweight title by TKO after ten rounds, but bounced back nicely in March with an impressive points win over tough Nagy Aguilera in Brooklyn, NY. Adamek is driven to earn another chance at boxing's biggest title.
Adamek spoke of Chambers, ""They say Eddie Chambers has fast hands and likes to throw punches. I am also fast and I like to throw punches. I think on June 16th we will have a very exciting fight." Adamek is very pleased to be returning to Prudential Center, "For me the most important part of the fight is to please the boxing fans. At Prudential Center I always have many fans come to cheer me on, it is very loud, exciting. I think it will be a good show."
In 2010, Eddie Chambers, 36-2, 18 KOs, took on IBF-WBO-IBO-Ring Magazine champion Wladimir Klitschko, in his lone try for the heavyweight crown, but was stopped in the 12th and final round. Since that bout, Chambers defeated Derric Rossy by lopsided unanimous 12-round decision, in Atlantic City last year. Chambers, a Pittsburgh-born Philly fighter, is considered by many to be the best American heavyweight on the scene.
"I never went away, but once I beat Adamek, I'm right back in the middle of it all," said Chambers. "All respect to Tomasz. He's exciting and has a lot of heart, but I'll be ready for anything."
The fight between the two contenders appears to be a fascinating clash of styles, with the aggressive Adamek likely to press Chambers, the quick-fisted boxer. Whichever fighter can do their thing better, should come out on top. But going in, this fight is too close to call.
The setting for the fight should also add a layer of excitement to the event. The Prudential Center is home turf for the Polish-born Adamek, who fights out of Jersey City. In the past, he has crammed "The Rock" numerous times with his loyal fan base, but Chambers should also expect solid support from his Philadelphia backers, just an hour's drive away. With so much on the line between the two popular boxers, a boisterous crowd is expected to jam-pack the arena for this important heavyweight showdown.
Kathy Duva talked about the event, "This is the kind of competitive 'pick 'em' fight that the NBC Sports Network Fight Night Series is all about," promoter Kathy Duva said. "We expect that Prudential Center will be a sea of red and white as Adamek makes his first appearance there in over a year. It will be a night of pure excitement and lots of fun. I can't wait."
Tickets will go on sale shortly. Details to follow.