Argentina’s Diego Chaves in Las Vegas ahead of his match vs. Tim Bradley (Photo: Chris Robinson)
By Chris Robinson
For Argentina’s Diego Chaves, this must seem a little like Deja Vu.
Once again the hard-punching, soft spoken pug will find himself inside of The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on Saturday night, the same location Chaves was when he lost a ninth-round disqualification to Brandon Rios just three months ago. This time, Chaves’ ring foe comes in the form of ultra confident former two-division titlist Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley.
For Chaves (23-2, 19 KO’s), whose only other career blemish was a competitive 10th round TKO loss to Keith Thurman in July of last year, there are plenty of reasons to be confident.
In Bradley (31-1, 12 KO’s), Chaves will be squaring off with a man who is regarded as perhaps the most complete fighter he has faced. When asked to compare Bradley to Thurman, Chaves kept it brief.
“Keith Thurman is a powerful boxer, but Tim Bradley is a quick boxer with lots of movement in the ring,” he stated.
Bradley is also coming off of a defeat, as he dropped a 12-round unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao this past April.
Pacquiao would go on to win a clear points victory over Chris Algieri last month, dropping the New Yorker six times in a one-sided match.
“The fight that [Pacquiao] did was way superior than Ruslan [Provodniko],” Chaves stated. “He was way superior and I felt Algieri was scared of Pacquiao.”
*** Check out the FULL interview with Chaves below, where he discusses more about his fight with Keith Thurman, as well as his history with Marcos ‘Chino’ Maidana
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