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Brotherly love of boxing

Posted by Ron Opher On November 18

Steve Chambers (23-1-1) handed Bayan Jargal (15-1-3) his first defeat with a split-decision victory Saturday night in a entertaining welterweight bout at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. (In the main event of the HBO-televised event, Sergio Martinez knocked out Paul Williams in the second round.) Jargal was ahead on one judge’s card, 77-75, but Chambers won on the other two cards, 77-75 and 78-74.

You can watch Chambers’ post-fight interview here:

Steve Chambers  (25 years old) is joined in the boxing profession by his big brother, Eddie (28). The Chambers brothers grew up in Pittsburgh, but came of age as boxers in Philadelphia. 

PhillyPhanatics.com recently spoke with Steve and Eddie Chambers:

PhillyPhanatics.com: Eddie, tell us how you first got involved in boxing –

EC: I grew up as a pretty passive kid, got picked on because we grew up very poor – I didn’t have the right clothes, was chubby and self-conscious. My dad introduced me to boxing and worked with me to help me gain some confidence.

PhillyPhanatics.com: Was your dad a boxer?

EC: Yes, he was an amateur boxer. He fought some big names coming up as a featherweight and a junior lightweight, like Boom-Boom Mancini, Sugar Ray Leonard and others.

PhillyPhanatics.com: How old were you when you started?

EC: I was 9 years old when my dad started working with me at home. We took it to the gym when I was 14. We were in Pittsburgh at the time, and then we moved to Philadelphia when I was 20. I began to train with Rob Murray and learned that I had a talent for boxing, even though I don’t like confrontation. I developed a toughness and determination that has helped me in boxing and in life.

How often are your bouts and can we see you locally?

EC: When you first start out, there are a lot of early knockouts and you can fight once a month. I now fight about every other month. I’ve fought all over – 18 times locally at the Blue Horizon, but also in Germany, the Cayman Islands and the Palms Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas.

And your weight class?

EC: I am one of the lightest heavyweight fighters – at just over 200 pounds. Under 200 could allow me to fight cruiserweight (aka junior heavyweight).


PhillyPhanatics.com: Steve, how did you get involved with boxing?

SC: When Eddie started training in the gym in Pittsburgh when he was 14, I was 11 and got to see some amateur fights. I started thinking ‘Hey, I’d like to do that.’

PhillyPhanatics.com: Do you ever get in the ring with Eddie?

SC: We do spar once in a while – but he’s a heavyweight and I’m a welterweight. Mostly, we talk about strategy and technique.

PhillyPhanatics.com: And you have a big bout coming up?

SC: Yes – my biggest fight so far is coming up on November 20th at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. My opponent (Bayan Jargal) is 15-0 with 10 knockouts. I’m 22-1 with 6 knockouts. We are both prospects, but the winner will move to contender status.

PhillyPhanatics.com: We definitely wish you well, Steve. How does that progression work?

SC: When you’re a beginner, you fight about once a month, usually in a 3-round bout. When you’re a prospect like me, you fight every 2-3 months and it’s 6 or 8 rounds. Contenders fight among the top 10 or 20 in a weight class, and maybe just a couple of times a year (10-12 round bouts), trying to move up and get a title shot.

PhillyPhanatics.com: What do you each like to do with your free time?

EC: Outside of physical conditioning, we also have business commitments to help the visibility of our careers.

And for fun, I like to bowl. And watch movies, play video games. We occasionally go to clubs, go dancing, but nothing too crazy.

SC: I like to play video games, too.

PhillyPhanatics.com: Who’s better?

EC: It depends on the game. I’m better, though.

SC: Eddie’s a specialist, but I’m better at more games.

PhillyPhanatics.com: I didn’t mean to start a fight right here!

SC: Maybe after the 20th – I’ve got business to take care of first! Seriously, though, I also like running and listening to my ipod.

PhillyPhanatics.com: What’s usually playing?

SC: I like Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” which is going to be the new Steelers’ Anthem, even though I don’t like the Steelers.

PhillyPhanatics.com: Who do you like in the NFL?

SC: I like the 49ers and also the Eagles.

EC: The 49ers are going nowhere. They’re 3-6.

SC: They’re still my team.

EC: You can have ’em, Steve. Nobody else wants ’em.

PhillyPhanatics.com: There’s nothing quite like brotherly love…

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