Liakhovich Sets Chambers
Calls Out Arreola
Former world heavyweight champion Sergei "The White Wolf"
Liakhovich is not fighting this Saturday because his
scheduled opponent, "Fast" Eddie Chambers, failed in a
timely fashion to notify Team Liakhovich that he was pulling
out of their fight due to broken ribs, which resulted in the
cancellation of their fight as well as insufficient time to
find a suitable replacement for Chambers..
Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KOs) and Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs) were
scheduled to headline Saturday's NBC Sport Network's "Fight
Night" debut show live from Philadelphia's Asylum Arena.
"Eddie Chambers is trying to save face in the press but I
want to set the story straight by telling everyone what
really happened," Liakhovich said. "Chambers' medical report
about his broken ribs is dated, January 6, 2012. He knew
about his broken ribs back then but he didn't let us know
until January 13, seven days before our fight. Instead of
shooting his mouth off to the press for a week about how
easily he was going to beat me, when he already knew he was
not going to fight me, he and his team should have acted
professionally and immediately informed my team of his
injury. If we had two week's notice, I have no doubt that
finding a suitable replacement and making training
adjustments wouldn't have been a problem, but it was a
serious problem trying to do so with only seven days to go
before the fight.
"I think boxers like Chambers should be punished by every
promoter and networks should know how he operates. He plays
the good guy to the press, but Chambers is a fake. He didn't
have the simple decency to tell another athlete about him
pulling out of the fight as soon as he knew. It was his
obligation to inform everyone immediately.I wasted six weeks
of training, as well as the expenses for training camp, and
now I'm not fighting because of his actions. NBC Sport
Network, Main Events and everyone involved had to scramble
to put together a main event at the last minute, all the
results of Chamber's action. He is all talk and no action.
So, for now, Chambers is history."
Liakhovich, a 1996 Bellarusian Olympian, captured the World
Boxing Association ("WBO") heavyweight title in 2006 by way
of a unanimous 12-round decision over Lamon Brewster.
Already in top shape for his now cancelled fight against
Chambers, Sergei is now targeting world heavyweight
contender Chris Arreola. "Arreola is waiting for another big
payday to fight one of the Klitschkos," Liakhovich
commented. "He's been fighting journeyman after journeyman.
How about a real fight with me? I challenge Arreola to take
a fight with me. This is a fight boxing fans would love to