Tomasz Adamek faces Eddie Chambers in tonight's NBC Sports network main event. (Photo via Main Events)
This evening from the Prudential Center in Newark, a pair of heavyweight contenders and former Klitschko challengers go head-to-head in what should be a good style clash in the main event of the latest NBC Sports Fight Night from Main Events.
Bad Left Hook will have live round-by-round coverage tonight, as the show shouldn't overlap with the live fight on HBO.
Fight time: 9:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Prudential Center - Newark, NJ
TV channel: NBC Sports (US) / Polsat Sport (Poland)
Odds: Adamek, who has been more active than Chambers, is a solid favorite. Four sportsbooks have him between a -200 and -210 favorite, with Chambers at +165 or +170 on all of them.
Undercard: Heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings will take a sideways step (at best) in competition against Steve Collins.
Since I didn't get to one of my long-winded previews, a quick breakdown and prediction for the fight after the jump.
I'll keep this short and sweet: Adamek is a good fighter. Guts for miles, solid boxer. But at heavyweight he's not beaten anyone as good as Eddie Chambers. He's beaten Andrew Golota (who was 100% finished), Jason Estrada, Michael Grant, Vinny Maddalone, Kevin McBride (who was 600% finished), and Nagy Aguilera. By far his best win at the weight was Chris Arreola, and that was when Arreola still wasn't taking conditioning seriously, but it was a good win, and it was a good fight, and Adamek was just better than Arreola.
Chambers, if he is in shape (and he came in at a trim 202 pounds on the scales yesterday), is very dangerous here. Adamek is still No. 4 in the world by our rankings, but Eddie would be No. 5 or No. 6 if not for being inactive over a year.
I'll make two predictions here.
- If Chambers is in shape as it appears, and isn't just absurdly rusty, he's going to win by decision, and will do so clearly.
- If Chambers is out of shape and/or rusty, Adamek will win, but it could still be very close. Frankly Adamek could still lose the fight if Chambers is really rusty. The style matchup is tough for Tomasza, as he's facing someone he can't outspeed or outbox.
In the co-feature, Jennings should have no problems.