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Brook to face Chaves on October 24 in Sheffield

 

Updated 2nd September 2015

Kell Brook will defend his IBF World Welterweight title against the “rough, tough, durable” Diego Chaves at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, on October 24, live on Sky Sports.

 

Brook is hunting a hat-trick of stoppage defences of his crown following impressive victories over mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan in Sheffield and Frankie Gavin in London.

 

 

“It’s been a busy year so far boxing Dan in March and Gavin in May - this will be my third defence in seven months but a busy fighter is a happy fighter,” Kell said.

 

“I’m very happy at the moment. I’m looking forward to the next challenge and I’m feeling sharp after my break.

 

Chaves, known as ‘La Joya’ will be looking to pull of an upset, entering the ring on the back of a split draw against Timothy Bradley having also faced Brandon Rios and Keith Thurman in his last four fights.

 

“We know Brook is a tough fighter, very technical,” Chaves said.

 

“He is a linear fighter, very frontal. He’s not a fast fighter. He is easily bothered by body punches, and that is one of our strengths.

 

“I believe he has problems going backwards. We saw that in his fight against Shawn Porter. When Porter charged forward, Brook had trouble adjusting to that.

 

“We know that he is a great fighter to face, and we are going to test his punching power too, because the opponents he chose so far have not been such great punchers as the ones I have faced lately.

 

“I feel that my confidence grows with this challenge, knowing that I will have to face a champion like Kell Brook in his home country in England. This raises the stakes for me, going up there as an Argentine, and as a huge underdog.

 

“We know all the bad blood that exists between Argentina and England, and this will give me much more strength. I will be making history if I defeat an Englishman in his own country.”

 

The former interim WBA champion boasts 19 knockout wins out of his 23 victims to date and clearly feels he can rip Kell’s IBF belt away from him, but the Sheffield man known as ‘The Special One’ believes he is prepared to make a “major statement”.

 

“Chaves is a rough, tough, durable fighter who is very dangerous,” Kell said.

 

“He’s bringing something new to the table. He’s coming off a draw to Tim Bradley, was ahead on the cards against Brandon Rios until he was disqualified and gave Keith Thurman a solid fight, so we know what level he has mixed at and how good he is.

 

“I've seen some of Chaves' quotes and it's interesting to see he thinks he can walk me down and over-run me. I don't think some fighters realise how big I am and how sharp and accurate I punch and I'm looking to make a major statement against him.

 

“If he does what he promises it's going to be one hell of a fight.

 

“I'm so excited about boxing in my home town of Sheffield again. London last time out was a great experience fighting in front of nearly 20,000 but I’m excited to be back there – it is my home. I’m looking to excite like I always do and light up the Motorpoint Arena on October 24.”

 

Tickets priced at £40, £60, £80, £100, £150 and £250 VIP will go on sale at midday on Sunday (September 6) to Matchroom Fight Pass members from the Fight Pass area at www.matchroomboxing.com and on general sale the following day (Monday September 7) with tickets in the £40-£150 bracket available from the Motorpoint Arena on 0114 2565656 and at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk. VIP tickets are exclusively available from www.matchroomboxing.com.

 

 

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