Povetkin To Fight Chambers In Elimination Bout in Berlin

26.11.07 - Matthew Hurley: According to ESPN heavyweight contenders Alexander Povetikin, 14-0 with 11 KOs and Eddie Chambers, 30-0 with 16 KOs will meet on January 26th in Berlin in an International Boxing Federation elimination bout to determine the mandatory challenger for champion Wladimir Klitschko. Klitschko, 49-3 with 44 KOs and the IBF king is scheduled to partially unify the heavyweight title against World Boxing Organization title holder Sultan Ibragimov, 22-0-1 with 17 KOs at Madison Square Garden on February 23rd..

According to Chamber’s promoter Dan Goossen the fight is all but a done deal. “We’re very close,” he told reporter Dan Rafael. It’s a tough match for both fighters. They both have everything on the line but it’s good for the sport.”

In his last fight Povetkin, a 2004 Olympic super heavyweight gold medal winner, defeated American Chris Byrd by stoppage in the eleventh round of a hard fought bout in Germany. Byrd commended Povetkin after the fight and said that he would one day be a champion.

Chambers last fought on November 2nd, registering a split decision victory over Calvin Brock.

According to Goossen the specter of fighting in Germany will not deter his fighter psychologically. “We knew it was a good possibility it could end up in Germany, but Eddie is the kind of fighter who believes that it doesn’t matter where the ring is when everything is said and done. He’s prepared to win wherever the ring is.”

Article posted on 27.11.2007

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