Eddie Chambers had some questions coming into last night's NBC Sports main event against Tomasz Adamek. After a lengthy stay on the sidelines, would he be in shape? Would he be rusty? After he weighed in at 202 pounds on Friday was he too light?
Nobody asked, "How do you think Chambers would do without the use of his left arm for 11 rounds?" But that was the question that wound up being relevant tonight, as Chambers injured his left arm (thought to be a torn bicep) in the first round and wound up fighting with just his right hand, turning to deliver it as a jab when he had to, and he wound up hanging in well for the remainder of the fight.
Still, in the end it was Adamek's night, as the Pole captured a win via unanimous decision, on scores of 116-112, 116-112, and 119-109. Bad Left Hook scored it 115-113 for Chambers, but I didn't feel this was a robbery, other than the fact that judge Alan Rubenstein (the 119-109 card) was on another planet and apparently Chambers had no shot with him.
Adamek was far more active than "Fast" Eddie, in part because Eddie could only throw with one hand, but I just felt that Chambers boxed really effectively with that one hand, and most important in how I scored it, made Adamek miss constantly on the defensive end. I thought it was a fight worthy of debate, and a shame that we didn't get to see what Chambers (36-3, 18 KO) could have done with two good arms.
In a way, though, it was interesting to watch Eddie ply his trade with the handicap, because the guy was still better one-armed than most heavyweights are with both. It was a very gutsy performance.
Adamek (46-2, 28 KO) may be looking to target the IBF title (a minor IBF belt was on the line in this fight), currently held by Wladimir Klitschko. He was steamrolled by Vitali when they fought last year, but the truth is these guys will take their licks from the brothers, because there's big money in it.
Outside of unfortunate scheduling issues which made the main events on NBC and HBO overlap, I thought Main Events delivered again here with a good main event, and that's against all odds when you've got a guy fighting the way Chambers had to. It still wound up a tough, close, entertaining fight, and that's all we can ask for.