Everyone adores the heavyweight division in boxing. Two big fighters battling it out for a championship and potentially even for pound for pound supremacy. However, what makes a good heavyweight fight? Is it the sheer size, knockouts, punching power of an individual? Or could it potentially be the adrenaline rush as blood pumps through our body quickly that helps us determine that we may have the ability to see two fighters exchange blows for the ultimate goal…the heavyweight championship of the world.
Either way, two great fighters are rumored to be battling at the beginning of 2010. Wladimir Klitschko is the current WBO, IBF, and IBO heavyweight champion of the world. Of course, Wladimir Klitschko is much more than that. Wladimir Klitschko’s championship presence is felt all over the entire world. More importantly, most defeated fighters of current WBO, IBF and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko would tell you, he is most felt in the ring with his crushing blows and still jabs.
On the other hand, WBO contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers is a heavyweight fighter ready to perform the greater good; stepping into the ring against WBO, IBF, and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko at the beginning of next year. “Fast” Eddie Chambers is coming of a recent majority decision win against 6’7 Alexander Dimitrenko. “Fast” Eddie is a poised, yet smart fighter who has plenty of hand speed to affect his victims in the ring. However, is this enough ammunition for “Fast” Eddie to overcome the obstacles that Big Wladimir has to offer?
There is always one major question, when anyone steps into the ring against WBO, IBF, and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko. Is the challenger going to be able to overcome Klitschko’s size and power advantages? Wladimir Klitschko has an enormous reach at 81 inches, sporting a 6’6 frame and plenty of power behind each punch. “Fast” Eddie Chambers is a 6’1 fighter with 75 inches of reach. Although Eddie Chambers has plenty of hand speed, will he be able to land clean effective punches against big Wlad?
Top WBO contender Eddie Chambers has shown in his last fight against the giant 6’7 Alexander Dimitrenko that he could deal with the size deficit, and the power behind such a large frame. Wladimir Klitschko provides a different yet tactical problem for “Fast” Eddie though. Wladimir Klitschko not only has much more power than Alexander Dimitrenko, he has better hand speed and plenty of weaponry to adjust and knockout his opponent.
Many of the tactical aspects that Eddie Chambers was able to perform against Alexander Dimitrenko: such as landing clean shots on the inside, throwing hooks and uppercuts, will not be quite as effective against WBO, IBF, and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko. With this said, you can expect Wladimir Klitschko to adjust quickly against the faster opponent in Eddie Chambers and land heavy punches as “Fast” Eddie ducks inside. Consequently, “Fast” Eddie will have to take his chance on landing the heavier shots when the chance permits. While this may seem logical or illogical, it’s simply the best chance Eddie Chambers has to win the fight.
Current WBO, IBF, and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko is known for his pawing jab. This aspect is clearly shown in the majority of Wladimir Klitschko’s fights. Klitschko’s most recent victim was former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev. Ruslan Chagaev is a very patient fighter, who a few years back broke the “Russian Giant” Nikolay Valuev’s undefeated record by winning a majority decision. Clearly, Ruslan Chagaev was unable to land the clean and effective blows against Klitschko. In turn, Wladimir Klitschko pawed, and landed several heavy shots to the head of Ruslan, earning him a TKO victory in the ninth round.
While it’s logical to be patient, and pick your shots, Eddie Chambers cannot rely on these tactics. His superior hand speed is definitely a plus combined with his ring intelligence; he will need to be the busier fighter landing when he can, and not giving anything away. Wladimir Klitschko is known for taking advantages against mistakes. A prime example would be against Tony Thompson, and Calvin Brock. Wladimir Klitschko was able to land several heavy shots when they were out of sync, tired, and frustrated…and so it goes!
As the fight nears, and game plans arise and change; hype is what comes up closer to another heavyweight championship. Wladimir Klitschko will prepare for his upcoming bout with precision and highly accurate training. Eddie Chambers will do the same, with a little more training from the logical standpoint. I believe Eddie Chambers has a good chance like any other fighter that faced WBO, IBF, and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko. However once again, the key role will be how quickly Eddie Chambers can adapt to the power, size, and tactical aspect of Wladimir Klitschko. Come fight night all these preliminary talks will be put to rest as two great fighters will embark on continuing success for the heavyweight championship of the world.