Tomasz Adamek will face Eddie Chambers at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday night in what should be an entertaining heavyweight bout, between two decent fighters. Much is made about the Klitschko brothers and their near decade long stronghold on the heavyweight division. My opinion on the ”two-headed monster” is; if they aren’t going to fight each other then they should retire. The only fighter who can beat Wladimir Klitschko is Vitali Klitschko and the only fighter who can beat Vitali Klitschko is Wladimir Klitschko. The Klitschkos can no longer enhance their legacies by beating anyone else in the division.
There is a huge gap between the Klitschkos and every other heavyweight. But many solid match ups can be made in the second tier of heavyweights. Adamek vs Chambers is one of those match ups.
Tomasz Adamek is arguably the most exciting fighter in this division in quite some time. His punch output is high for the division and the clinching in his fights stay at a minimum. He’s relatively small for the division, but so is Chambers. This is an even fight on paper, and being that it’s an Adamek fight, it should be worth the price of admission. What’s also exciting about Adamek vs Chambers is we will learn something from it. No, the Klitschkos won’t be beaten and they will never fight each other. I’ve come to terms with that. But as long as good matchups are made outside of the Klitschko bubble, we will still be able to learn who the best fighter is in the second tier of heavyweights.
Adamek vs Chambers is a step forward in learning who the best fighter is in the non-Klitschko heavyweight division. David Haye vs Dereck Chisora will also help clear the picture. The emergence of Seth Mitchell also adds excitement to the crop of less-talented-than-Klitschko big men. Alexander Povetkin, Chris Arreola and Robert Helenius will also be in the mix for several years to come.
Is the heavyweight division as talented as in years past? Absolutely not. Can the heavyweight division be relevant again if the right match ups are made? Absolutely. Tomasz Adamek vs Eddie Chambers is a step in the right direction of getting people interested in seeing big men fight again.