“Fast” Eddie Chambers Steals
The Show At Bally’s Atlantic City
By Tim Donaldson
Photos: Ray Bailey
Did Showtime make a
mistake by not televising the Chambers, Rossy fight? In
a word, yes. Without a doubt, this was the fight that
generated the most excitement in the Bally’s Ballroom.
Don George may have defeated Cornelius White in
impressive fashion, and Rico Ramos may have won a hard
fought decision against Alejandro Valdez, but Eddie
Chambers showed that he can not only defeat Derric Rossy,
for the second time, but also excite the crowd in
attendance while doing so. But that’s not all that
Chambers did, he also demonstrated his ability to think
on his feet in the ring.
Chambers was by far the smaller fighter, two inches
shorter and nearly thirty pounds lighter. Derric Rossy
is 6 feet 3 inches and weighed in at 237 1/2 , compared
to Chambers at 6 feet 1 inch weighing in at 208.
Although a comparison with David and Goliath would be
quite the stretch, Chambers looked small against Derric
Rossy. So Chambers obviously could not go rushing in.
Chambers would have to outsmart Rossy, make Rossy fight
the way he, Eddie Chambers, wanted him to fight. In
fact, the first few rounds played out more like a chess
match than a boxing match. Eddie Chambers had an answer
for every move Rossy made.
Some may call what
Chambers was doing in the first round showboating, but
what he was doing was pure psychology. Chambers came out
smiling. He would move in to throw a jab. Then as Rossy
was throwing his jab, Chambers would lean way back,
causing Rossy to miss. Chambers did this again and again
in the first round. Rossy threw more punches in that
first round, but he landed few of them. Chambers game
plan must have been working because as the second round
got under way, you could hear Rossy’s corner yelling at
him to not fight Chambers’ fight. Eddie Chambers was
planning his shots carefully. He caught Rossy on the
ropes in the second round. Rossy started going to the
body more. When Rossy did land a shot, Chambers would
start talking to him, just to let him know that he was
The fight went on this way for the next couple rounds.
Chambers was able once again to back Rossy to the ropes
in the third round. Rossy battled his way off the ropes.
Chambers fired a flurry of shots and finished off with
an uppercut to the body. It went back and forth during
the round, but the whole time Chambers kept talking,
kept shaking his head when hit, and kept smiling. By the
beginning of the fourth round, it looked as though
things might turn Rossy’s way. He was throwing and
landing his shots. Chambers was doing less bobbing and
weaving. Then Chambers landed a combination to Rossy’s
head. Blood was streaming from Rossy’s nose. Chambers
landed another combination to the head. Rossy was trying
to go to the body, but Chambers was staying covered up.
Few of the shots were getting through.
At the start of the
fifth round, Chambers was able to knock Rossy back.
Chambers was throwing lots of combinations, and Rossy
quickly found himself caught in the corner. Rossy kept
firing back, but Chambers had successfully cut off the
ring. Rossy just moved from one corner to the next,
never getting his back off the ropes. Chambers
controlled the action the whole round. Chambers stayed
in control in the sixth round. Throwing a right,
Chambers knocked Rossy to the canvas. Rossy got back up
and signaled that he was ready to keep fighting.
Chambers turned up the pressure. The entire round Rossy
kept his back on the ropes. By the end of the round,
Rossy was landing more, but it was already Chambers’
By the seventh, it was obvious to the crowd that
Chambers was well in control of this fight. Rossy’s fans
would chant his name to try to get him back into this
fight. But Rossy was looking tired by this round.
Chambers was landing more precisioned punches, slipping
them through Rossy’s defense. Rossy was still fighting
corner to corner. At the start of the eighth, Chambers
again rocked Rossy with a hard right. Chambers once
again won this round. It looked as though the ninth
round was going to be much like the eighth with Chambers
once again pressuring Rossy to the ropes, but Rossy was
able to turn Chambers and put him against the ropes.
Chambers, however, did not stay there, and Rossy’s
punches were lacking power. By the end of the round,
blood was streaming from Rossy’s right eye. Chambers was
once again stalking Rossy from one end of the ring to
Chambers started out the
fight smiling and just to prove that he was still happy
with the way the fight was going, he came out in the
tenth round smiling. Rossy appeared to have regained
some of his energy in this round. But that might have
been zapped after Chambers landed a low blow. After
taking a timeout for this, Rossy once again found
himself fighting against the ropes. Chambers was keeping
the pressure on, making sure that Rossy could not get
out of the corner. By the end of the round, Chambers was
well on his way to winning another round. Chambers
knocked Rossy back into the ropes, and it looked as
though the ropes were the only thing keeping Rossy from
going down. The bell rang, keeping Chambers from
throwing any more punches, and Rossy was able to survive
Chambers rocked Rossy again in the eleventh round. Rossy,
wobbly, ran to the other side of the ring. Calmly,
Chambers walked to him and continued the fight. Rossy,
getting his legs back, looked much better in the twelfth
round. He was throwing more and was fighting more in the
center of the ring. But by the middle of the round,
Rossy was back against the ropes. Chambers finished the
round strong with a flurry of shots. Chambers won by
unanimous decision. The scores were 115-112, 117-110,
The night started off
with a fight between Southpaw Ricardo “Slicky Ricky”
Williams and John Brown. Williams, a silver medalist in
the 2000 Olympics, has had several layoffs in his career
and had not fought in almost a year. Maybe that is why
they picked John Brown as his opponent. Brown, 42, has
lost his three fights, not winning a fight since 2009.
The first round started off with Williams showing his
superior boxing skills. He was connecting his jabs early
in the fight. Brown was trying to throw his right
without throwing a jab. Williams was quickly putting his
punches together, and Brown was showing wear early in
the first round. By the middle of the round, Williams
had cut off the ring and was keeping Brown’s back
against the ropes.
Brown looked better in
the second round. He was able to land a hard right early
in the round, and he was landing more of his shots
throughout the round. But Williams was still controlling
the fight. By the third round, Williams was having
little trouble with Brown. When Brown was throwing, he
was unable to land his shots. Brown once again found
himself on the ropes in the fourth round. His punches
were having little effect on Williams. Williams'
punches, however, were taking their toll on Brown. Near
the end of the round, Williams staggered Brown with his
Brown had a brief flurry at the beginning of the fifth.
Quickly, Williams turned this around, knocking Brown
back. Brown’s corner throughout the round was telling
him to step the other direction as Brown again and again
stepped into William’s left hand. Williams finished the
fight in impressive style. From the beginning he was
controlling the action. He knocked Brown down with a
left uppercut. Brown got back up. Williams knocked him
back to the canvas with another left. The referee
stopped the fight at 1:37 in the sixth round.
After the television
wrapped up their broadcast, the final fight of the
evening was held. Local fighter, Thomas Lamanna fought
his pro debut. Within fifty-one seconds, Lamanna had his
first professional win against Anthony Williams.