|Samuel Peter vs. Eddie Chambers: No Clear Winner
By Benny Henderson Jr., Doghouse Boxing (Mar 27, 2009)
Every fighter who laces up the gloves has the dream of becoming world champion, but all though most carry the dream of being at the top of the crop, only a handful actually live out their aspirations. Some fall short and become nothing but a journeyman, or an opponent, while others get the shot at greatness and capture gold, and some, it eludes them.
Case in point.
Tonight on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, one time former world title holder, Samuel Peter 30-2 (23) who is looking to gain glory once again, will be taking on heavyweight contender and world champion hopeful Eddie Chambers 33-1 (18) in a twelve round heavyweight clash aiming to stay in contention for a world title strap.
Peter, hailing from Las Vegas, by the way of Nigeria, was once known as a powerhouse of a heavyweight. With his large frame and heavy hands, the “Nigerian Nightmare” frightened the division with his overpowering accolades.
After destroying Jeremy Williams, which was a knock out highlight reel, Yanqui Diaz and Taurus Sykes, Peter was well on his way to heavyweight stardom as he took on the heavy hitting yet shaky Wladimir Klitschko.
All though flooring Klitschko not once, but three times throughout their match-up, Peter was schooled by a much technical Klitschko losing the bout via unanimous decision.
After a six fight win streak, two over James Toney, one a world title victory, Peter was dismantled by his former conqueror’s older brother, Vitali Klitschko. Samuel was battered for nine rounds until his corner threw in the towel. Now he is looking to garner a win to stay in the heavyweight picture.
But one man stands in his way of getting back to the top.
Eddie Chambers, a solidified Philly fighter who all though lacks a lot of pop, has fast hands as well as a decent counter puncher.
Chambers, known as “Fast” Eddie, is working his way up to the top, to try his hand in a future world title fight after a set back from the hands of heavyweight rising star Alexander Povetkin.
Eddie, who has defeated the likes of Calvin Brock, Dominick Guinn and Derrick Rossy, is a talented boxer who is coming off a three fight win streak since dropping his first and only bout to Povetkin.
The match-up itself?
Chambers, who all though is not the most exciting fighter in today’s world of heavyweights, has gotten the job done with his quick hands, efficient countering and skilful defense, can pose a threat to Peter’s one dimensional strategy.
Peter who is known for his strength, is more of a bully when it comes to fighting, pushing around his opponents, using his toughness imposing on his foe, but has had his wings clipped by much better boxers.
This should be a good throw down with Peter trying to knock around Chambers, but I feel Eddie will fight off his jab staying away from Peter, who is prone to a good one two. I don’t feel Chambers has the power to hurt Peter, but then again nobody thought McCline could do what he did to Peter as well.
All though my predictions are as good as the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys are in December, (which sucks) I can see Chambers taking this one via decision. Unless he gets blasted by Peter’s power and going into defense mode making it a lackluster showing, I can see Eddie throwing pop shots defeating Peter moving closer to a title shot. Peter will have to get inside landing solid shots, but will have to get past the tactics of Chambers. Peter can club his way to a victory but it may be sloppy.
So, what I am saying, this is anybody’s game, there is not a solid favorite in this heavyweight match-up, and to be brutally honest, the winner, who all though may get a title shot, will not be title holder anytime soon. So all though one may be the victor, in the big picture there is no clear winner.
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