CONNECTICUT — Thabiso Mchunu beat Eddie Chambers on points in a cruiserweight bout in the United States on Saturday night.
The South African won the bout in Uncasville, Connecticut, by 99-91 on two cards and 97-93 on the third against a former heavyweight title contender, registering the best victory of his career.
Mchunu had hardly any trouble in keeping the experienced American at bay and picked his punches well throughout. Rated seventh by the WBC, Mchunu probably put himself in line for more lucrative bouts against good opponents.
He improved his professional record to 14-1, with 10 knockouts. Chambers dropped to 36-3, including 18 short-cut wins.
The 31-year-old American had fought the likes of Samuel Peter, Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin. He fought at heavyweight for most of his 13 years as a professional but recently dropped to the cruiserweight division.
Mchunu, a 24-year-old southpaw, had never fought outside South Africa before taking part in this Fight Night tournament.
Chambers lost to Klitschko and Adamek in his previous three fights and had been inactive since June last year.
But he was expected to use his height and reach advantages to beat the little-known South African.