On Friday night, September 18, 2015, professional heavyweight boxer, “Fast” Eddie Chambers (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania/pro record: 42-4-0, with 22 KOs), returns to the ring against Galen “Bad Boy” Brown (St. Josephs, Missouri/pro record: 41-31-1, with 25 KOs) in an 8 round fight at the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In the main event, Travis Kauffman will face Epifanio Mendoza. Chambers’ fight card on September 18 is titled, “Rumble at the Claridge,” and is promoted by King’s Promotions.
Eddie Chambers discussed the current state of boxing’s heavyweight division. He said, “The heavyweight division is hot as it has been in a while. The Klitschko Era is coming to a close, with Vitali going into politics, and Wlad beginning to talk about retirement. That leaves a number of young, talented heavyweights, and overlooked veterans, such as myself, to fight for the top spots in the heavyweight division. There are going to be some great fights in the next few years as the new breed of heavyweights move into position.”
Chambers recapped the previous two years of his boxing journey. He said, “In 2013, I took some time off from boxing and went through a lengthy, self-evaluation period. During that time, I learned a lot about who I am, and had to forgive myself for some bad decisions that I’ve made in my career to date. At the beginning of 2014, I traveled overseas to the United Kingdom and trained with Team Fury. While I was there, I fought a few times on TV. My most recent fight was in November of last year in London. I traveled back to the United States earlier this year, and I put together a new boxing team. While I was in the UK, I met so many incredible people and I’m really glad that they continue to support me. The fans over there were very knowledgeable. I plan to fight over there again someday soon. Thanks to boxing trainer Peter Fury, I regained my confidence, learned new training habits, and added different elements to my fighting style. I continue to keep in contact with Peter and Team Fury, and they will be big influences in my success moving forward. Boxing trainers James Ali Bashir and Freddy Anthony Rodriguez have also contributed to my improved boxing IQ. For this fight, Coach Anthony will be working my corner.”
New Jersey-based boxing trainer, Freddy Anthony Rodriguez (It’s On! Boxing/MMA gym), also known as “Coach Anthony,” has been pleased with Chambers’ effort in preparation for this fight. He said, “Eddie has put in some quality sparring and training work so far, and he has shaken off some of the cobwebs that come with typical periods of inactivity. We know Galen Brown is a southpaw with lots of experience, he is light on his feet, and he throws punches from all different angles. Eddie is used to fighting bigger guys, and this time, he’s fortunate to be matched up with an opponent closer his size. Our local fans that haven’t seen Eddie in a longtime will be thrilled to learn that he’s fighting close to home. People forget Eddie has been overseas for a while. Fighting in Atlantic City is a great start to making him relevant in the heavyweight division again. For this camp, our focus has been keeping his punches sharp and accurate, maintaining his conditioning, all while keeping him defensively sound.”
The 33-year-old heavyweight talked about his upcoming fight with Galen Brown. He said, “Galen has a lot of fights and he’s an experienced professional. Guys with that many rounds under his belt can make a fight difficult, because they understand how to survive in the ring. There’s a reason he’s had a long career. I’m not going to take him lightly or any or any fighter for that matter. I’m going to prepare for him the same way I’d prepare for a championship level fight. His fighting style is tricky, and the way he throws punches is rather unconventional, but I’m aware of it, and I’ll be prepared for whatever he brings that night.”
Chambers is looking forward to fighting again on American soil in nearby Atlantic City. He said, “My last fight in America was in 2013, so it is great to be back. In 2011, I fought Derric Rossy in Atlantic City, and I was victorious. This is almost like a hometown fight for me. The Claridge Hotel is driving distance from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, so I’ll have lots of support there that night. This fight coming up is another step to put myself back in title contention. Thank you Al Haymon, Marshall Kauffman of King’s Promotion, Sikaheart Photography, Max City Media Design, Ediroc, Faded Beard Clothing, Powerhandz, PSS Distribution Services, Johnny Ortiz, and my cutman, Vinny Scala.”
Tickets to Eddie Chambers’ fight at the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, are priced at $100 (VIP), $75 (ringside), and $50 (general admission), plus applicable taxes and fees, and are on sale now by calling (610) 587 5950 or (609) 868 4243 or online at www.claridgeboxing.eventbrite.com. Weigh-ins on September 17 will be open to the public, and will take place on the 3rd Floor of the Claridge Hotel at 4pm ET. On fight night, September 18, the doors of the Celebrity Theater (located within the Claridge Hotel) will open at 6:00 pm, with the first fight scheduled for 7:00 pm. The Claridge Hotel is located at 123 S Indiana Ave, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401. Self-parking is $12, and Valet parking is $15. The Claridge Hotel phone is (844) 224-7386 or (609) 487-4444.