Timothy Bradley has his next fight set, as the 31-year-old former junior welterweight and welterweight titleholder will face Diego Chaves on December 13. HBO will broadcast the fight, which will emanate from the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Bradley (31-1, 12 KO) has fought once this year, losing a clear decision in his April 12 rematch with Manny Pacquiao. Bradley was coming off of two wins in 2013 over Ruslan Provodnikov in a Fight of the Year contender, and Juan Manuel Marquez, following his highly-disputed win over Pacquiao in 2012.
"My mindset is I can't sit here and beat myself up over a loss to Manny Pacquiao," Bradley said. "He's one of the greatest fighters of this generation. I can look back and see what I did wrong and say, 'I shoulda done this or I shoulda done that.' But I know I'm a world-class fighter.
"I went 24 rounds with Manny Pacquiao, and he never really hurt me. I took Ruslan Provodnikov's best shots [in a decision win], I took Manny Pacquiao's best shots, and I took [Juan Manuel] Marquez's best shots and beat him, too. I know I can take Diego Chaves' best shots. I know I can hang with the best of them."
Chaves (23-2, 19 KO) is an opponent that makes sense and is a curious choice at the same time. The 28-year-old Argentine makes sense as a comeback fight because he's solid and credible but not an elite fighter, but it's a little surprising that HBO agreed to bring him back after his DQ loss to Brandon Rios in an incredibly ugly fight on August 2.
Chaves' other notable fight on American TV was a 2013 loss to Keith Thurman on Showtime.
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