UNCASVILLE, CT – Many believe that “Fast” Eddie Chambers, who is on the verge of his cruiserweight debut, is poised to prove himself to be the best 200-pounder in the world. However, in his inaugural step into the division, Chambers, 36-3, 18 KOs, is tasked with taking on the most dangerous cruiserweight that nobody knows, Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu, 12-1, 9 KOs.
The pair will collide on the next edition of Fight Night on NBC Sports Network, Saturday, August 3rd, at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. The fight is part of a blockbuster triple header that also features Curtis Stevens against Saul Roman and Tomasz Adamek versus Tony Grano. The telecast will begin at 10:30 PM EDT.
As a heavyweight, Chambers fought the best in the world, and the only criticism he ever drew was that he was just too small for the division. On the scales, he barely registered as a heavyweight, but in the ring he still managed to box his way to a trio of regional heavyweight belts and a crack at the world championship against Wladimir Klitschko.
Now as a cruiserweight, Chambers’ days of spotting his opponents significant advantages in weight are over, and fans can only imagine how well the Philadelphian might do at the lower weight. A finesse artist throughout his career, Fast Eddie has the potential to out-box the entire crop of cruisers campaigning today. However, he’ll have a riddle to solve against the unknown Mchunu.
The South African southpaw makes his American debut against Chambers, but brings solid credentials into the fight. “The Rock” has won three African titles, been a cruiserweight his entire career, and sports an impressive 77% knockout ratio. But perhaps the best advantage he brings in against Chambers may be the mystery that surrounds him. Mchunu, 24, will be looking to take Eddie, 31, by surprise, and introduce himself to American fans in the process.
In addition to these story lines, it is the potential of the match itself that has boxing fans most excited, and some outlets calling this a “five star” fight. They say styles makes fights, and with Chambers’ speed and Mchunu’s power, it appears the 10-rounder shapes up as an ideal boxer-puncher match-up between two fighters looking to impress. And that is always a good thing.