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Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Eddie Chambers tried his hand at beating the Polish born Tomas Adamek- a feat that had only been done twice before, at the hand of two fighters who were much larger and strong than Chambers.
In the main event with the pro Adamek crowd behind him,Tomas Adamek would come out victorious with an unanimous decision.
The first couple of rounds Adamek and Chambers would trade punches with one another with both men missing more so than landing. While Chambers made Adamek miss oftenv in the beginning, Adamek persistency started to pay off in the 3rd. However while Adamek would land his straight, Chambers was finding his overhand right to Adameks head.
The pace picked up in the 4th with Adamek pressing forward and landing a good combo on Chambers while he had Chambers against the ropes. Chambers would land a coupe of his own but Adamek was the busier fighter.
In the 6th it was said on the broadcast that Chambers had injured his left arm and while Chambers did look at his left arm during the 1st round it became apparent in the 6th that something was wrong as Chambers did not throw his left once, the same occurred for the rest of the evening for Chambers- Even with Chambers lack of a left he still managed to land his overhand right along with his hopping straight right. In the 8th Chambers played to the pro Adamek crowd by egging the fans on by acting as if Adamek needed the extra noise.
The next 3 rounds played in similar fashion with Adamek being the aggressor but Chambers being the faster of the the two which allowed him to stay fairly competitive with just his right arm.
The pace picked up in the final round with both me circling one another and trading hard shots until the final bell. With most the crowd being Adamek fans the 12th round seemed to energize the crowd in what was a entertaining bout even with one guy only having one arm.
In the under card fights the night stared off with undefeated Tureano Johnson of the Bahamas facing the 5-4 Roberto Yong of Sacramento in a 6 round affair. Given the records of both fighters one could make their own assumptions of how the fight played out. While Johnson did end up winning the contest by unanimous decision, Yong was a very game fighter. However Johnson landed the more telling shots throughout the 6 round bout to win on all three judges scorecards.
In the 2nd bout of the evening Jersey City native Jose “Mangu” Peralta dominated his way to a …. against the overmatched 6-10 Dontre King of Maryland. Peralta punished King with a heavy attack of body punches. However for Kings part, he refused to quitter. In the end King would take too much punishment. Peralta would win by stoppage in the 4th round.
After a little Main Events entertainments thanks to the sponsor GoDaddy.com, fights resumed with another Jersey City fight Patrick Farrell going up against David Williams of Philly in the heavyweight division. In the early stages it looked like Farrell would get the best of Williams and end the fight in the first with some hard over hand rights however Williams proved to be more than a push over. While Williams did get dropped in the 2nd round he came back and looked to get the momentum late in the fight. However it was too little too late and Farrell ended up wining an easy unanimous decision.
In the first fight of the NBC Sports televised fight card, Steve “Freight Train” Collins faced Bryant “By-By” Jennings for the USBA Heavyweight title. With only one loss between the two, the fight had a good amount riding for both fighters. Jennings established early on that he was the faster of the two. Jennings would land his jab at will that he peppered Collins all night with and would follow his barrage of jabs with a straight right that also found its home routinely through the contest. In the 4th Jennings landed a hard uppercut that hurt Collins, it was followed by a straight right that landed Colllins on the ropes. The ref would call it a technical knockdown and that would give Jennings a 10-8 round. The middle rounds Jennings would be the more active fighter and would still find his right land on Collins at will and it showed on Collins as his left eye was swollen by the beginner of the 8th. Jennings would go in to win with a spectacular shut out of Collins with all three judges scoring the hour 100-89. With the win, Jennings also picks upo the USBA belt.
NBC sports Fight Night had a good night in Jersey, however it may have been marred a but by the loss to the Poland national team as the crowd while being pro Adamek was not as big as most Adamek fights seem to be. However the ones that were there Saturday night made enough noise to still show Adamek is very much loved and supported.
While the loss hurts Chambers a bit he still showed that he is still one of the better Heavyweights out there. His window is very slim to make it into another title shot but with the shallow Heavyweight pool both Chambers and Adamek may get another shot down the line. Adamek obviously is a win perhaps two away from possibly getting a second chance.
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