Heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers was on the brink of fighting for the WBA title in July 2014, according to his now former trainer Peter Fury.
Chambers was ready to stand in for Fres Oquendo after the Cuban stalled over travelling to Russia last year due to personal problems and ‘Fast Eddie’ was sounded out as a late replacement should ‘The Big O’ fail to make the trip.
Fury believes the world title would have changed hands if new Al Haymon recruit Chambers would be been given to nod to face Chagaev, who eventually went on to defend his title via a majority decision at the Ahmat Arena in Grozny.
“There was a chance that Eddie could have fought Chagaev when Oquendo was on the verge of pulling out and we are desperate for that fight,” Fury exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Eddie would have beaten Chagaev that night and would now be a world champion, but as it turned out Oquendo managed to fly over there.”
Chambers, 33, has now departed from the Team Fury camp with Peter’s blessing following five fights in the UK and will be aiming for some big fights on the Premier Boxing Champions format.
“I have no doubts about Eddie’s ability and still believe that he can become a world champion in the future. He has everything needed to do it,” added Fury.