Interview: Eddie Chambers

Forgotten Legends: Calvin Brock

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By: Steve Gallegos

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Calvin Brock W KO 6 (10) Zuri Lawrence

Up until recently, the American heavyweight landscape in boxing has been in shambles. For nearly the last decade, the division was dominated by the Klitschko’s and there hasn’t been an American heavyweight that has really drummed up interest up until the last few years. During the Klitschko’s reign of dominance, there was one American hopeful that appeared to be heading for stardom. That man was former 2000 U.S. Olympian CalvinThe Boxing BankerBrock.

Brock was a fairly decent sized Heavyweight with great skills as well as packing a big punch. Brock was born and raised in Charlotte, NC and had a very successful amatuer career of 147-38 which included a spot on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team in Sydney. He turned pro in early 2001 and would win his first 23 bouts over the next four years, 17 by KO.

During boxing’s brief return to network television from 2003-2004, Brock was featured on Main Event’s Saturday afternoon boxing series televised on NBC. 2005 was a big year for Brock as he would go 4-0 that year which included two wins over fairly well known veterans Clifford Ettiene and Jameel McCline.

Brock would begin the year 2006 with a bang as he scored a huge sixth round KO over Zuri Lawrence on a big HBO PPV card headlined by Shane Mosley vs Fernando Vargas. The KO over Lawrence would be Ring Magazine’s Knockout of 2006. He would follow up this performance with a 12 round unanimous decision over Timur Ibragimov four months later as he made his HBO debut. That would setup a shot at Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko.

They met on 11/11/06 at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the IBF and IBO Heavyweight Championship. It wasn’t Brock’s night as he was stopped by Klitschko in seven rounds. Despite the bad loss, Brock would win his next two fights over the next seven months and he was once again back in the Heavyweight Championship hunt.

He would take part in an IBF Heavyweight Elimination Tournament and would face Eddie Chambers in the semi-final. They met on 11/02/07 in Tacoma, WA. It was a good, close fight in which Brock would lose a split decision, however he would suffer a career ending injury as he suffered retinal damage. After having surgery to repair the retina, Brock was declared legally blind in his right eye, forcing him to retire from the sport.

His record as a professional stands at 31-2 with 23 KO’s. Today, Brock is a commercial real estate agent. He was a very talented and skilled fighter who had all the tools to become Heavyweight Champion. What would have happened had he not suffered the eye injury? Could he have rebounded to stay in the Heavyweight mix and win a world title? In the end, he was another very good fighter who had his career cut short.

Tyson Fury: “If Wach Wants a Fight, Chambers Is Waiting”

Heavyweight destroyer Tyson Fury says that he could knock out Dereck Chisora and his sparring partner Mariusz Wach on the same night.

The Manchester giant was enraged after Polish star Wach, Chisora’s chief sparring partner, said yesterday that the Finchley banger could knock out Fury early when they clash at the Phones 4 U Arena on Saturday 26th July.

Chisora and Fury collide in the biggest domestic heavyweight rematch in recent years with the winner securing the WBO number one spot to world champion Wladimir Klitschko, plus the Vacant British title and Chisora’s European title are on the line.

Big-hitting and hard-talking Fury has fired back at Wach and said that Team Fury heavyweight Eddie Chambers is also ready and prepared to take him on.

“Frankly it’s laughable that Wach seriously believes that Chisora could knock me out. I don’t know if Wach is hitting the Polish vodka a bit heavy, but to come out with a statement like that, he must be drunk!” Said Fury.

“Let’s get real, Chisora couldn’t get near me in the first fight so what makes anyone think he’s going to knock me out this time around. So he’s had a few wins since we met, big deal, knocking out eastern European cab drivers does not suddenly make him super-human or a knock-out king,”

“As for Wach, he got his arse well and truly kicked from pillar to post by Wladimir Klitschko and hasn’t fought since so how he can have the audacity to even judge me, I don’t know. Watch the difference between me against Klitschko, when and if he ever grows a set and fights me, and the fight between Wach and Klitschko and there’ll be no comparison,”

“I do hope that Chisora is listening to this garbage from Wach because he’ll start believing it and when we meet I’ll destroy him,”

“In my opinion they are made for each other, two bums. I’ll gladly line them up one after the other in Manchester. Chisora first, he’ll get knocked spark out and then I’d do Wach straight after him.”

Fury added that if Wach wants a proper fight while he’s over here then he should fight his stable-mate and former world title challenger, Eddie Chambers, who features on the undercard.

“Eddie is there ready and waiting for him if he wants it,” said Fury.

“I don’t have any hesitation in saying that Eddie would deal with Wach and he fancies the job big time,”

“So if Wach is shooting his mouth off saying I’ll get done early, lets see how he gets on with Eddie.”

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