Eddie Chambers breaks down Tyson Fury-Dereck Chisora rematch
When American heavyweight Eddie Chambers lost three of four fights he knew that an immediate change was required. The Pittsburgh product understood that one more defeat could prompt career oblivion so, after a chance meeting with Peter Fury, Tyson’s uncle, the 32 year old decided to embark on a transatlantic comeback mission.
Chambers officially defected to Team Fury in the UK at the beginning of this year and has since posted four easy victories, three by knockout, against modest opposition. The sharp-punching switch hitter has also completed countless rounds of sparring with Tyson Fury and offered RingTV.com an insight into his stablemate’s rematch with Dereck Chisora, which takes place this weekend.
“We’ve looked at the first fight quite a bit during camp,” said Chambers, who is a former world title challenger. “It was a good match up, but as the fight wore on Tyson began to dominate. His boxing ability, size and overall athleticism took over and Chisora couldn’t close the range effectively. Tyson was also able to control the infighting, and I thought he was clearly the better man on the night.”
Fury, THE RING’s No. 4-rated heavyweight, prevailed by wide unanimous decision in July 2011, but many feel that a rejuvenated Chisora is capable of making a better argument of it second time around.
Chambers said, “Chisora is terrific at applying pressure. He has that Joe Frazier style of bobbing and weaving and he takes a great shot, which was proven in fights with Tyson and Vitali Klitschko. He does loop his punches sometimes and, as a result, a lot of them catch opponents around the back of the head but he’s a tough fighter.
“Tyson, for me, is just more versatile. He’s huge but carries the qualities of a smaller man. He can box, move around, jab on the outside, use uppercuts on the inside, and that’s impressive. Tyson can do things someone half his size can’t do and he isn’t restricted by his dimensions. That versatility gives him the ability to control fights, particularly against smaller opponents.”
Despite Fury’s dominance neither he nor Chisora appeared to be in tip top shape in the first meeting, which was a British and Commonwealth title bout, but Chambers insists that won’t be the case this time.
“They’ll both be at their best very best,” said the American. “The rematch is a world title eliminator, so Dereck will be as strong and motivated as he’s ever been. I just think he comes up short against the game plan that Peter Fury has in place. Tyson is too big and has too many weapons.”
A relatively young man, Chambers still has dragons left to slay in his own career. His record is 40-4 (21 knockouts) and only THE RING Champion, Wladimir Klitschko, has ever stopped him. The one flaw the American does have is a distinct lack of size against today’s modern behemoths but he is still determined to make a mark on the glamour division.
“We’re just staying busy right now,” said Chambers, who briefly campaigned as a cruiserweight last year. “We’ve been very active, but I might need one more stay busy fight. I’m in the best shape I could possibly be in and I’m excited about the future.”
British fans can see Tyson Fury vs. Dereck Chisora 2 live and exclusive on BoxNation from 7.00pm (Channel 437 or HD on Channel 490). Tickets are available from www.eventim.co.uk
In the U.S., the fight, as well as two undercard bouts, will stream live (and free) on ESPN3
Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing