Sharkie’s Machine: Alexander Povetkin Outworks Eddie Chambers - Boxing
By Frank Gonzalez Jr., Exclusive to Doghouse Boxing (Jan 27, 2008)  
American Heavyweight Contender, “Fast Eddie” Chambers (30-1, 14 KO’s) saw his O go,after taking his unbeaten record and slick boxing skills to Berlin Germany Saturday night to face unbeaten Russian, Alexander Povetkin (15-0, 11 KO’s).

After watching Eddie Chambers beat Calvin Brock last November, it was clear that Chambers has something special in terms of good boxing skills, particularly on defense and really fast hands for a Heavyweight. Though small for his weight class and not particularly powerful, he is an efficient boxer, skillful in the art of hitting without being hit.
Chambers power is the combination of his speed and accuracy.

This was the first time I’ve seen Alexander Povetkin fight. His record indicated that Eddie Chambers would be his first real test against a top fighter. After the first couple of rounds it looked like Povetkin’s best asset is his enthusiasm for pressing the action. It paid dividends against Chambers, who lost his appetite for victory Saturday night.

In the early rounds, it was Povetkin applying pressure and Chambers countering with clean shots that were scoring well. In the second round, Chambers landed a clean right hand that started a swelling under the left eye of Povetkin. Though Povetkin was doing most of the work, it was Chambers who scored better with little effort.

By the fourth round, Chambers showed good defense but forgot how to be on offense,while Povetkin consistently threw punches and dictated the tempo for the remaining rounds. Povetkin outworked Chambers and even landed a few decent punches in the process.

Chambers didn’t win another round on my scorecard the rest of the fight as he allowed Povetkin to control the pace and constantly pressure him without answering with any offense. Povetkin’s pressure gave the appearance that he was the only one doing any of the fighting. It drove trainer Buddy McGirt insane to watch as Chambers was letting the fight slip away, round after round.

It was more of the same as the fight continued. Povetkin did all the work and Chambers was looked less and less interested in fighting. He reminded me of Dominic Guinn. There was no logic in how Chambers elected to handle this fight.Chambers was never hurt by anything Povetkin landed and anytime he took the initiative, he landed punches at will—so, why didn’t he punch more? Was it a sudden onslaught of stage fright on foreign soil? Was he only waiting for a one big punch opportunity? Did he forget the importance of the result? Did he fail to notice that he Povetkin was relatively easy to hit? None of it made sense.Chambers lack of effort to win was, quite frankly, disgusting to watch. His corner kept giving him the right instructions and Eddie was saying yes to them and then when the bell rang to start the next round, he didn’t do anything they told him to do.

Even in the 12th round, Chambers showed no urgency whatsoever. His corner-men were on the brink of a total meltdown as they watched their charge give the fight away. The way Chambers allowed Povetkin to win all those rounds without putting up a fight has damaged his image and he will have to go back to the drawing board and work his way back into the mindset necessary to compete at a high level. After this pathetic effort, I’m sure there will be plenty of people who will want a piece of him. He better win those fights. Otherwise, he will fade away as quickly as one of his recent opponents, Dominic “Southern Disaster” Guinn has.

This victory puts Alexander Povetkin in a position to fight the winner of the IBF Title fight involving Wladimir Klitschko vs. Sultan Ibragimov, which is scheduled for late February. Ibragimov is undefeated and has demonstrated he can beat old guys like Evander Holyfield, inconsistent guys like Shannon Briggs and fight to a draw against the likes of Ray Austin. I can’t imagine he can beat Klitschko but I remember clearly how sure I was that Wladimir would destroy Lamon Brewster and Corrie Sanders a few years ago. So, you never know who’s got whose number until they fight each other.

The“two” WBC champions, Oleg Maskaev and Sam Peter are set to narrow that down to“one champion” in early March. Maskaev fights infrequently and Peter got a lucky win over Jameel McCline, who knocked Peter down three times and won enough of the other rounds but somehow, mysteriously, didn’t do enough and let Peter win at the hands of the Judges. McCline’s great contribution to boxing may be the blueprint he left for how to beat Sam Peter. Maskaev is a better puncher than McCline but Peter can be a handful so we’ll have to see how that one turns out. If it even happens!

I don’t understand why the winner of Peter vs. Maskaev does not fight the winnerof Ibragimov vs. Klitschko. Since the object is to have four champions instead of One Champion, I suppose we’ll just have to hope the arrangement of the match ups make for entertaining fare.

I can’t help but wonder how a confident and battle ready Eddie Chambers would do if he were part of the equations above. He’s going to cry when he watches the tape of this one. Hopefully, he learns the basic lesson that in order to win,you have to fight, not just stand there and block punches. I hope he finds his missing mojo.

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