Eddie Chambers eases off in Anthony Joshua ‘superior race’ row
Eddie Chambers engaged in a phone interview with BWTM Sports Channel on Friday night to go over his current beef with Anthony Joshua.
‘Fast Eddie’ had accused the heavyweight champion of abusing him earlier, providing apparent evidence of Instagram messages, one including racial tones, aimed at the American.
The term ‘disgrace to the superior black race’ was used by whoever sent the DM through Joshua’s official account and Chambers was clearly stunned by what was sent.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn firstly claimed the account was fake before Chambers went a step further by posting a video that seemed to prove the messages as genuine.
Just hours later though, and after social media was awash with questions on whether Joshua himself contacted Chambers and what he views could be regarding race, the veteran seemed to back away from anything racial.
“It’s not that it’s a racist comment, he’s just being derogatory towards me,” claimed Chambers to BWTM.
“If you wanna call it racist and if it’s him saying it, he feels that black is the superior race, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s racist in saying that others aren’t nothing, he was just thinking his was better.
“It’s like being a fighter and saying, ‘I’m better than him’. It doesn’t make you a racist, it just makes you feel like you’re better and that’s fine.
“I just feel like he’s coming at me, but it has nothing to do with a race issue. It’s the media and people do that, it sells.
— Eddie Chambers (@champfasteddie) November 17, 2017
“It’s not that I’m defending him, it is what it is versus what people are trying to make it out to be. It’s not a race issue so don’t bring that into it.
“That’s him saying I’m a disgrace to the ‘superior’ black race,” he then reiterated.
Whether it was Joshua who said it or not, there are some people who have taken a very real offence to the comments on social media and believe ‘AJ’ is being protected by the mainstream media who have not reported the incident whatsoever.
One Tweeter, for instance, stated that if Tyson Fury had said ‘superior white race’ there would have been hell to pay and the UK newspapers would have jumped all over it.
It seems Chambers, whether under pressure or not, has decided to back off, whilst Hearn and Joshua are yet to fully acknowledge an exchange that could be highly detrimental to the 2012 Olympic gold medallist’s standing as Britain’s most treasured boxer.
All manner of media deals and lucrative contracts could be in jeopardy if Chambers would have moved forward with a race angle, although luckily for Joshua (or whoever from his team was responsible for sending it out), it seems the row has been played down.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay