Timothy Bradley v Diego Chavez

The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas

‘Desert Storm’ Timothy Bradley looks to bounce back to winning ways against the heavy handed Argentinian knockout merchant, Diego Gabriel Chavez, on December 13th at The Cosmoplitan in Las Vegas, USA.

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Bradley has a lot of top quality names on his record including points wins over some of the world’s elite level fighters in the light welterweight and welterweight divisions including the likes of Lamont Peterson, Devon Alexander, Manny Pacquiao, Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez.

However his undefeated record along with his WBO Welterweight world title slipped away with such ease against Manny Pacquiao in their rematch back in April of this year. If his first win against the Philippine legend was controversial with many thinking he should have lost on the judges’ cards, the rematch proved to be a conclusive and clear cut loss for the Californian as he was completely dominated on route to a unanimous decision defeat. He is now out to prove that he does still belong with the best of the best by taking on another heavy puncher.

Diego ‘La Joya’ Chavez has lost two of his last three fights but really only has one true career defeat to his name. As a 22-0 unbeaten fighter with 18 knockouts he was matched against the equally dangerous explosive rising prospect ‘One Time’ Kieth Thurman who had a very similar record; 21-0 with 19 Knockouts. However after a good start Chavez was bombed out in the tenth round. Then, after bouncing straight back to his usual destructive ways with a third round TKO of Juan Alberto Godoy back in his native Argentina, he landed a big headline fight against the tough, rugged Brandon Rios in his last outing. He lost by way of disqualification against Brandon Rios though in 1:26 of round 9 after three intentional fouls in a fight that on paper looked to be an all action blockbuster between two tough sluggers but in reality failed to ignite and descended into a real scrappy affair culminating in a disappointing result for all concerned. Chavez was winning on the cards at the time of the stoppage which made him feel all the more aggrieved at Vic Drakulitch’s intervention. A win for Chavez in this encounter against Bradley though would really catapult him into the elite mix which he has as of yet been unable to join after those losses against Thurman and Rios.

Timothy Bradley has a low knockout percentage and his power has always been questioned but his unspectacular style is made up for by his super high fitness levels and calculated punching efficiency which always give him a great chance of registering well with the professional judges at ringside. He has shown in his win against Provodnikov that he has both the physical and mental fortitude to weather a storm against a vicious puncher and he may well have to call upon that deep reserve of resolve again if gets caught with a big shot.

It’s a classic boxer v puncher match up and the two styles could gel just right for the perfect storm. It is Bradley though who possesses the greater skillset and should have enough to come through the fight victorious over the full distance if he can avoid being dragged into a war in which he would likely be outgunned.

Timothy Bradley: W31 KO12 L1D0 KO%36.36.
Diego Chavez: W23 KO19 L2 KO1 D0 KO%76

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