Chambers Wants To Be Philly Heavyweight Great


      Main-Events Philadelphia, PA – When Eddie Chambers, of Philadelphia, PA, boxes Sergei Liakhovich, of Scottsdale, AZ, in the 10-round main event on Saturday evening, Jan. 21, at the Asylum Arena, he will take another step on the journey he hopes will lead him to the heavyweight championship of the world.

     Chambers, 29, who moved to Philadelphia from Pittsburgh as a young pro in 2002, already has boxed for the IBF version of the crown. Although he was stopped in the 12th round by Wladimir Klitschko in 2010 in Germany, he now knows what he must do to get back there and win.

     In the long history of Philadelphia boxing, few have challenged for boxing's richest prize. Despite its reputation as a great boxing town, only two men, Sonny Liston (below) and Joe Frazier, lived in Philadelphia when they won the world heavyweight title. Terrible Tim Witherspoon twice earned pieces (WBC, WBA) of the crown in the 1980s.

Chambers black and white

      Liston lived here when he dispatched Floyd Patterson in one round in 1962 at Chicago's Comiskey Park to become Philadelphia's first world heavyweight champion.

     Six years later, Frazier (below), originally from Beaufort, SC, knocked out Buster Mathis in Madison Square Garden to gain recognition as world champion. He won the undisputed belt in 1970 against Jimmy Ellis then cemented his heavyweight legacy by outpointing the comebacking Muhammad Ali over 15 rounds in 1971. 


     There have been other outstanding Philadelphia heavyweights, including Tommy Loughran, considered by many to be the greatest fighter ever from Philadelphia, Al Ettore, Leroy Haynes, Dan Bucceroni, Leotis Martin and Jimmy Young.

    While Philadelphia world heavyweight champions are rare, the city has hosted two of the most important heavyweight championship fights of all-time on the same date and in the same ring, 26 years apart.

     On Sept. 23, 1926, Jack Dempsey lost his crown to Gene Tunney via 10-round decision in a steady downpour in front of 120,757 fans at what was then known as Sesquicentennial Stadium in South Philadelphia. On the same date in 1952, in what many claim was the greatest heavyweight title fight ever, Rocky Marciano came from behind to knock out Jersey Joe Walcott in the 13th round at the same venue, then known as Municipal Stadium.

     It's a long, glorious history Chambers is following and the fight with Liakhovich is the next step.

     A pro since 2000, Chambers is 36-2, 19 KO's. Liakhovich, 35, of Scottsdale, AZ, is 25-4, 16 KO's, and he held the WBO version of the title for seven months in 2004. The winner will have something to say in the world heavyweight picture in 2012.


     The inaugural main event of the NBC Sports Network Fight Night Series, Eddie Chambers vs. Sergei Liakhovich, a 10-round heavyweight match, tops an eight-fight card on Saturday evening, Jan. 21, at the Asylum Arena, 7 West Ritner Street, in South Philadelphia. The live television broadcast also features a 10-round junior middleweight clash between Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia, PA, and Jesus Soto-Karass, of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. First fight is at 7 PM. The live NBC Sports Network Fight Night telecast begins at 9 p.m. The show is being promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing Promotions and Goossen Tutor. Tickets are priced at $45 and $65. They are on sale at Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) or online at

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-Radam G :

Has Philly ever had a heavyweight boxing great other than the late, great Smokin' Joe Frazier, who didn't get a statue, and the phony, no-fighting-in-reality-time Rocky Balboa, who did get a statue, all type of kudos and a real spot in the HOF for A-1 faking getting a$$ whoopings? Chambers may become a great inside the city Philly or in Philly's notorious gym-sparring battle. But a worldwide great from Philly, HUM! Unless he put down the fork, get his arse in kick-arse boksing shape and step up his game, I cannot see it. But then again, the heavyweights are some weak muthasuckas. After the K-bros/docs are gone, he may be ahead of the next group of sorries, fatties, tallies and _____ ______ and _______! OOPS! I musta' fo'got! Hisham Rahman Jr can already whup Chambers's arse and all 10 of the top ten heavyweight contenders. So Chamber is just pike dreaming IMHO! Holla!

-BearsFan :

Chambers is no Klitschko beater, we saw that once already. Chambers vs Liakhovich is an interesting match-up, though. The August Helenius vs Liakhovich fight was a rare heavyweight slugfest. Helenius broke Liakhovich`s nose early in the fight and KOed the Belarussian brutally in the 9th. Liakhovich was game though, kept coming all night.

-brownsugar :

Peters is an excellent boxer. but he's got nowhere near the speed and athletcism of somebody like Jimmy Young, the tiny upset artist from the late 70's. Chambers needs not ever let Klitschko's name slip thru his lips... again. 40lbs of boxing skill, bone and muscle mass would easily thwart any upset fantasies he has... There's no need to "prove" anything. Some folks go bungie jumping just to impress people. We get it,... Chambers you're not scared of Wlad but neither can you win. However there's a whole slew of other fighters I'd like to see him against,.. like Areola,.. Liakhovich, Adamak, Helenius, Haye,.. or even the Del Boy.

-brownsugar :

meant to say "Chambers is an excellent boxer" and "40 EXTRA pounds of boxing skill, bone and musclemass would....."

-miguel1 :

I would give Eddie Chambers a match before Helenius or that other big euro slug Tyson Fury. I'm getting the feeling that no one is going to step up and beat the Klitschko's, so until they retire, the heavyweight division will be continuing to stagnate.

-the Roast :

It might just be worse when the K bros retire. We could have a new champ every fight like UFC or the Witherspoon-Bonecrusher-Page-Tubbs-Thomas-era.

-miguel1 :

It might just be worse when the K bros retire. We could have a new champ every fight like UFC or the Witherspoon-Bonecrusher-Page-Tubbs-Thomas-era.
Agreed but at least we can hope that the fights will be more competitive, I just cant wath the Klitschko's. Wvery one of Wlad's fights is like waiting for a stone to pass.