Interview: “Fast” Eddie Chambers

ChambersTh“Fast” Eddie Chambers (42-4-0 22KO) returns to the ring against Galen “Bad Boy” Brown (41-31-0 25KO ) in a eight round bout on Friday, September 18th at the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Eddie has been abroad, keeping busy with training and fighting.  He highly anticipates his return to fighting in the United States and is excited about the heavyweight division; hopes to make his mark with the “Rumble at the Claridge“.  Let’s find out more about heavyweight boxer, “Fast” Eddie Chambers:

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What attracted you to boxing?

My father loved the sport, and that made me have interest.  I wanted to be like my dad.

How did you get your nickname?

My first promoter gave me the nickname “Fast Eddie.”  He thought I had really fast hands for a heavyweight boxer.

How would you describe your boxing style?

I’m a boxer-puncher.  But I’m more of a boxer than a puncher.

What is your best punch?

That’s for my opponents to find out in the ring.

Why did you take a step back from your boxing career in 2013?

I had to refocus myself, and figure out why I kept making mistakes. I don’t like losing.

What did you learn during your time away from the sport?

 I learned that I wasn’t satisfied with the direction my career was headed. Certain team decisions and mistakes were made, and I take much of the blame for that. Those same mistakes won’t be a factor this time around.

Why the decision to go to the UK to train and fight?

 I was close to walking away from the sport, and an invitation from an elite team, Peter Fury and Team Fury, revitalized my interest in boxing and kept me going. They invited me to come to the UK and train with them. I spent a year with them.

Tell us about your new boxing team?

I have a great new team. Everyone on my team is positive and they are looking out for my best interest. I’ve seen huge changes already, and I haven’t even fought yet. I’m really excited about everything right now.

How important to your career is this upcoming fight in Atlantic City?

Every fight going forward from this point on is vital to my success. Every single fight.

Are you excited to be fighting in the States again?

I haven’t fought here in almost 2 years. I’m excited to fight in front of my American fans. It feels good to be back!

Do you consider yourself an overlooked veteran?  If so, why?

I made it to the top, fought for the world title, and lost to Wlad(imir klitschko).  Some people wrote me off as being too small. Basically, just being top-level guy isn’t good enough in the States.  In this division, if you aren’t #1, you can get overlooked.

How do you fit into the heavyweight division right now?

I fit in this division really well. There is a lot of talent in this division, but I believe I’m up there with the top talent. I’m looking forward to shocking a lot of people, and getting my name mentioned among the best.

What fighters have inspired you?

James Toney is my favorite all-time boxer. His mixture of skill, toughness and determination to win always impressed me. Evander Holyfield was a warrior, and he fought everyone. His heart was so incredible in the ring, that it overshadowed just how talented he was in the ring. I’m a huge Shane Mosley fan. His speed, punching power, and the excitement he brought to every fight made him one of my favorite fighters. Roy Jones Jr. did things in the ring that most trainers said were wrong, and he made them work for him.

What would be your dream fight?

I want another opportunity to fight for a world title, and an opportunity to change my life for the better.

How has boxing benefited you?

I’ve learned you can’t caught up in being up or down in your current situation. Just know being up or down isn’t meant to last forever.

What is your greatest accomplishment so far?

I’ve had a 16 year boxing career, still have my faculties, and I’m still be able to fight at an elite level.

What does it take for a boxing fan to be knowledgeable in this sport?

It takes research of other fighters, but also it helps when you actually live the live of a boxer. To really understand, it would be good to live, train and prepare for fights. Sparring and fighting make a difference, because then you will really understand what it takes to perform and do well.

How can we keep boxing strong?

The balance of power between fighter and promoter can become more balanced, boxers can get paid more, and there definitely needs to be more marketing of the individual boxers. Fights are getting televised, but fans don’t know the participants. There is a lot of negativity associated with the sport that can get cleaned up.

Boxing Diva Questions

Chambers1Favorite color:  green and black

Favorite food:  salmon with rice and broccoli

Favorite dessert:  chocolate chip cookies

Describe yourself in three words: Competitive, understanding and loyal.

What scares you?  Not being in control of my own destiny

Best part of your body?  My brain. I’m always thinking.

What would be your superpower?  I’d want the ability to heal myself, and other people.

Something we would never guess about you?  I don’t box because I enjoy hurting people. I box because I enjoy the sport.

Who is your hero?  My hero has always been my dad. He hasn’t always been perfect, but I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for him.

One thing you are NOT?  A selfish person

Your stay fit food:  Raw broccoli and kale

The words you live by:  “Do your best.”

A message to your fans:  I appreciate all of your support. Join me on this journey. This will be a fun ride.

Thanks Judi for the interview!!  Much appreciated.

You can find Eddie Chambers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the Author

Judi Abate - "Boxing Diva"

Judi Abate, the “Boxing Diva”, has been interviewing the fighting
community since 2007. Her trademark questions are sassy and
unpredictable. She has contributed work to Diamond Boxing, Boxing Rant, and WBAN. Away from the PC she enjoys reading, shopping and
painting. Her dream interview is Oscar De La Hoya.

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