Adamek Edges Injured Chambers in Newark Saturday
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (June 18, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Tomasz “Goral” Adamek
The Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, was rocking as usual when their favorite Tomasz “Goral” Adamek, 46-2 (28), of Gilowice, POL, now out of Newark entered the ring. On this Saturday night the fans were in a somewhat disappointing mood since their National team of POL lost to CZ earlier in the day in what the Americans call soccer. His opponent was former No. 1 contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers, 37-3 (18), out of Philadelphia who was dropped from the ratings due to 14 months of inactivity.

The fans had watched 6 previous fights and were now waiting for the main event on NBC Sports Network promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing and Zigg Promotions along with GTP. Chambers started out doing a lot of feinting and using his speed to offset the strength of the former world champion Adamek. Chambers was only a couple of pounds over the cruiserweight limit in a division that Adamek held the IBF title. He had over 20 pounds on Chambers this night.

Near the end of the first round it was noticeable that Chambers pointed to what seemed his left wrist as to say “what time is it?” Before the round ended Chambers switched to using the right jab even though out of an orthodox stance. Between rounds he complained of an injury to his left bicep. He would have to go the rest of the way not able to use his left arm. For some reason the Adamek camp and he himself didn’t ever seem to take advantage of this, which gives a lot of credit to Chambers.

Ad the end of the sixth round Chambers seemed to have a 4-2 edge per this writer. Adamek was doing the chasing and though fast for a cruiser or heavyweight he could not match the hand speed of the right hand of Chambers. Adamek seemed to take three of the last 4 rounds hoping for a knockout. It seemed the first half of the fight was as close as the second half in this 12 round IBF North American heavyweight title bout.

In this kind of environment would the judges see Chambers take an upset win? Those at press row who were polled seemed to have Chambers ahead by a couple of rounds. Due to the controversy of the Pacquaio-Bradley fight the NJ commissioner Aaron Davis promised to have his best judges and referee’s on hand. In Benjy Esteves, Jr. he had that in his referee. Ring Annoucer Joe Antonucci read off the scores of Steve Weisfeld and Joe Pasquale as 116-112. The other judge Alan Rubenstein had it 119-109 only giving the loser Chambers one round. This writer had it 115-113 for Chambers. Granted the judges were in a much better position to view the fight that I did in either looking at the giant screen overhead or from the fifth press row seat back but Chambers deserved more credit than given by the all 3 judges. Of course, the fans loved the decision going to Adamek.

Philadelphia’s USBA heavyweight champion Bryant “By-By” Jennings, 14-0 (6), seems to get better with each outing. He dominated Houston’s Steve “Freight Train” Collins, 25-2 (18), over 10 rounds by scores of 100-89 by judges Lynne Carter, Steve McNair and Kason Cheeks. In the fourth round Jennings landed an uppercut that started Collins going backwards followed up by a flurry that drove him into the ropes or otherwise he would have hit the canvas. Referee Lindsay Page wisely called it a knockdown and gave Collins a standing count.

Jennings would widen his left hook as the fight progressed hoping to get more power hoping to stop Collins. The Houston fighter was always trying but didn’t have the firepower of Jennings. His trainer Fred Jenkins has done a fine job in bringing him along.

In between the heavyweight bouts was a junior middleweight match that had Philadelphia’s Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis, 14-8-1 (6), giving one of his better performances over Doel Carrasquillo, 16-20-1 (14), of Lancaster, PA, who has heavy hands but slow feet. Davis kept one-step ahead of the plodding Carrasquillo and even when he would face him he had too much hand speed for Carrasquillo to land his power punches. Eugenia Williams had it 79-73 while Pasquale and John Stewart 78-74. The referee was Earl Brown.

John Thompson, 8-0 (2), of Newark, NJ, won his biggest fight to date in defeating southpaw John Mackey, 13-7-3 (6), of Washington, DC, over 6 rounds in a junior middleweight match. Mackey had his moments but Thompson continues to impress winning by scores of 59-55 and 58-56. The referee was Eddie Cotton.

Dominican Jose “Mangu” Peralta, 9-1 (5), of Jersey City looked like Miguel Cotto out there dominating Dontre King, 6-11-2 (2), of Cambridge, MD, stopping him at 2:28 of the fourth round. Body shots by Peralta crushed King. “I want a big fight to help support my family. I hurt my hand in my last fight,” said Peralta. He is one to watch. Cotton was the referee.

Patrick Farrell, 7-1-1 (3), of Jersey City, NJ, and David Williams, 6-6-1 (2) put on the fight of the night in a 4 round heavyweight brawl. Farrell had Williams hurt in the first round only to get rocked himself before the round was over. Farrell seemed to take the next 2 rounds dropping Williams in the second before again in the fourth both fighters rocked one another. Brown was the referee. Scores of 40-35 twice and 40-36 went to Farrell deservingly so.

In the show opener Tureano Johnson, 9-0 (6), of Nassau, BAH, won a closely contested fight by scores of 58-56 over Roberto Yong, 5-5-1 (4), of Sacramento, CA, in a 4 round middleweight match. They could have fought this one in a phone booth. Both fighters were throwing from the opening bell. Brown was the referee and Johnson a sure winner.

Matchmaker J. Russell Peltz put together this show and has his heavyweight Jennings on the road of contention among the top contenders. Adamek and Chambers could do it again but Adamek will be back in the fall filling the Prudential Center again as the facilities favorite.

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