Tim Bradley knows firsthand what IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook is in for when he faces Diego Chaves on Oct. 24th. Bradley himself fought Chaves in December of last year, which turned out to be a pretty scrappy fight with both men earning a draw as a result.
Bradley insists that although Chaves has come up short in a few of his big opportunities on US soil, he's given some of the top guys at welterweight all they could handle. Except in this fight Chaves won't be fighting on US soil at all, he'll be headed to Brook's backyard of Sheffield, England in another away game, and despite his hometown advantage, Brook shouldn't expect to coast through this fight.
"It's a tough fight for Kell Brook. He doesn't realize that," said Bradley, the magazine's No. 4-ranked welterweight. "Diego Chaves is underrated. He has had a few opportunities and came up short but the guy can box and he can fight on the inside.
"He has good power in both hands and Chaves can mix it up. I think it's a tough fight for Brook - but if he can get him out of there, then Brook is something special; I can tell you that much!"
Chaves is 1-2-1 in his last four fights, but don't let that fool you says Bradley.
"Chaves gave Keith Thurman problems and he gave myself problems and he was giving Brandon Rios problems too. I think he's a great fighter. It's a dangerous fight for Brook."
Does anyone else out there see Chaves giving Brook some serious problems?