Atlantic City, NJ (February 9) - This Friday, #4 IBF ranked heavyweight contender "Fast" Eddie Chambers (35-2, 18 KOs) will take on the #11 heavyweight contender Derric Rossy (25-2, 14 KO's) in an IBF Title Elimination bout on the undercard of the SHOWTIME ShoBox: The New Generation broadcast taking place at the world-famous Bally's Atlantic City.
Rossy will look to avenge the February 2007 match against Chambers when he was stopped in the 7th after a back and forth battle for six rounds. Chambers realizes Rossy had only 15 bouts in their first meeting and he has improved dramatically, now possessing a seven-fight win streak.
On Training: "I have had world class sparring with Steve Cunningham, Chazz Witherspoon and Yusaf Mack. Its good work and we help each other in the process. There are a lot of top fighters at Shular's Gym"
Recovering from the Klitschko Loss: "I had a long talk with Emanuel Steward and he told me after a loss like I had against Wladimir that I should get away from the sport for a few months and let my body regenerate. I kept my body in shape by being in the fitness gym and I slowly migrated back to the boxing gym and by the end of 2010 I felt I was ready to get back in the ring and this is a great opportunity for many reasons, most of being that it's a fight that will put me at the front of the championship pecking order"
"I been training and focused for this fight. I have put the Klitschko fight behind me long ago and am looking forward to getting back in the mix for the title"
The first fight with Rossy: "The first fight doesn't mean anything. That was a few years ago. He is a different and improved fighter. I have to have the mindset that I have never fought him before. I have seen him on ESPN and he looks much improved.
"Along the same lines I did have a decisive victory over him and I am sure that has been on his mind. Yes he has improved he probably will have a different game plan but that won't work either."
On the IBF Elimination bout: I am grateful that the IBF kept me in this position to where I am able to have this significant fight which will be the first step back into regaining my number-one spot so I can fight for the title yet once again.
Final Thoughts: "On Friday night the fans will see what they have always seen and that's hard working Heavyweight contender with a lot of skill and a game plan specifically for an improved Derric Rossy. He may be improved the game maybe different but the outcome will be the same.
Promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and sponsored by Corona, tickets are priced at $75 and $50 may be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster retail outlets, Ticketmaster Call Center 800-745-3000 and Bally's Atlantic City (day of event).
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