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Eddie Chambers vs Tony Thompson: Rematch With Wlad at Stake, Goossen Hoping for ShoBox Slot

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Tony Thompson will face Eddie Chambers on October 28. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Tony Thompson will face Eddie Chambers on October 28. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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A fight between American heavyweight contenders Eddie Chambers and Tony Thompson is set for October 28, and could be part of a special ShoBox triple-header if promoter Dan Goossen can get Showtime interested in airing the fight. The fight will also be an IBF eliminator, which means that the winner will be in line for a rematch with legit world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Chambers (36-2, 18 KO) fought Klitschko in March 2010 and was easily handled over 12 rounds, until Klitschko knocked him out in that final round at the urging of trainer Emanuel Steward. Thompson (36-2, 24 KO) lost to Klitschko in July 2008, and though you could hardly call his KO-11 defeat "competitive," he did do a bit better than most recent Wladimir foes have, so I guess that's something.

But Thompson is also turning 40 in October, and didn't look great physically in an easy win over Maurice Harris on May 27. And Chambers will always be drastically undersized as an opponent for Klitschko, giving up five inches of height, six inches of reach, and about 30 pounds.

Both Chambers and Thompson are pretty likeable guys who are easy to root for, but I don't think I'm being harsh when I say demand to see either of them rematch Wladimir Klitschko is fairly low. But I do hope the fight is televised, and Goossen already has the ShoBox date lined up at Bally's in Atlantic City, which will precede the next night's Ward vs Froch event from Boardwalk Hall on Showtime.