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Adamek: The Eddie Chambers Chapter is closed

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik

Heavyweight star Tomasz Adamek (46-2, 28 KOs) solidified his top contender status in the heavyweight division by unanimously winning a hard fought battle with Eddie Chambers (36-3, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion discusses that fight and his future plans in this Fightnews.com exclusive.

Tomek, in your mind is there any controversy regarding your unanimous decision win against Eddie Chambers in the Prudential Center?

Like you just said – it was unanimous, wasn’t it? Every fighter feels that he was better unless he was knocked out, and Eddie is not an exception? I did win this fight easily. Please quote this: it was a easy fight because Chambers did nothing to challenge me. He did not want to engage in the fight. He decided to throw maybe two punches and then he went every time into his defensive shell.

When we spoke just after the fight, you mentioned that your trainer Roger Bloodworth told you about Eddie not throwing a left hand but it made no difference in your tactics.

It did not because Chambers left hand is not his weapon, it’s more like swatting the fly than anything else. And you never know, maybe he’s playing games, wants me to think that something is wrong and then you’ve got a nasty surprise. Let me tell you – I wish Eddie would have had this hand 100 percent healthy – maybe we would’ve had more exchanges. He would give me some chances to use my very good right hand and catch him with some counter punches. Fighting with an injury is part of the deal, this is a tough sport. I hope Eddie can be healthy for his next fight. He is a very good, elusive, intelligent fighter. Chambers will be a problem for many fighters in our division.

He is looking for a rematch…

The chapter called “Eddie Chambers” is closed. I fought him, won, and now is the time to take another opponent even better than Eddie.

Evaluate yourself in this fight.

I’m happy because I beat Eddie Chambers, but not 100 percent happy with my performance. I knew going into this fight that this could be a 12-rounder, so being sharp the whole time was an important part of strategy. I finished this fight without really breaking a sweat, so maybe, looking back, I should have been more aggressive earlier in the fight, just go forward knowing that he can’t hurt me and he didn’t like me being on the attack. This is the only thing I can think of that I would do differently.

Now we can talk about it – you will not have a long break, you want to come back beginning of September.

Fighting three times a year, like I did before, makes me a better fighter. My body wants more training camps, more fights, so I will just have a short holiday with family in Poland, and come back to start another training camp. This old school schedule, like the heavyweights had in the 70s and 80s did, has always worked for me.

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