Boxing fans and pundits waited a long time for Eddie Chambers to move down to his "rightful" division, which came tonight in his cruiserweight debut. To say the very least, it did not go well, as Chambers was routed by little-known and lightly-regarded Thabiso Mchunu over 10 rounds to open tonight's NBC Sports Fight Night broadcast.
Mchunu (14-1, 10 KO) won on scores of 99-91, 99-91, and 97-93, the latter score closer than anyone else had it that I was able to see on Twitter or on the site here. BLH had it 100-90 for Mchunu, finding no pity rounds to give Chambers (36-4, 18 KO).
The 31-year-old Chambers just never got out of the starting blocks in this one, as he looked bewildered by the southpaw counter-puncher from South Africa, as if he had no real game plan and was just there to wing it and see what happened. Several theories were offered during the fight: Chambers' usual speed advantage was gone, Chambers didn't know how to fight a southpaw, Chambers ate bad Subway pulled pork, #FAMJUICE is definitely not a PED, and so on, but really, he just got outboxed and outfought for the entire fight.
While much of the focus will be on what Chambers does going forward, we should talk more about Mchunu, a 24-year-old fighter who looked quite impressive here, tagged Chambers clean and caused his opponent to yell at his own hand a bunch (which was weird, but Eddie was weird in general the entire fight), and looked to be a legitimate guy to watch at cruiserweight. It's a competitive division and this fight was supposed to give us a new contender. That was supposed to be Chambers, but it's Mchunu instead.