Timothy Bradley vs. Diego Gabriel Chaves Fight Preview, Stats & Boxing Schedule [POLL]
Timothy Bradley and Diego Gabriel Chaves will face each other in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 13 in what is sure to be an exciting slugfest.
Both of these fighters are very skilled, but they are each coming off a loss in their last fight.
This match gives fans a much anticipated fight between two young fighters with a lot to prove. Chaves and Bradley have a combined three losses in their professional careers, and a defeat here would pretty much end any hope of a possible fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the future.
Let's dive into it and see who has the advantage in this fight:
Timothy Bradley (31-1-1)
When we last saw Bradley, he lost his rematch to Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision, as well as his WBO Welterweight Championship. Many boxing experts felt as if Bradley's victory over Pacquiao in 2012 was a flawed decision. Bradley isn't a heavy knockout artist by any means, but he is a fast, young and athletic boxer who can outlast you with his endurance.
Bradley stands 5-foot-6 and 145.8 pounds, and he is the second ranked American-born boxer in the Welterweight division behind only Floyd Mayweather. His 69-inch arm length is almost a full three-inch advantage over Chaves.
"Desert Storm's" loss to Pacquiao in April was the only defeat of his career. If Bradley wants a fight with "Money" Mayweather or have another match with Pacquiao, he knows this is a must-win fight. Bradley's last knockout came in 2011 when he defeated Cuban boxer Joel Casamayor in eight rounds. He isn't known for power, but Bradley has the stamina to last with the best.
Bradley recently called Chaves a "dirty fighter" referring to his disqualification against Brandon Rios. Bradley will be ready for anything Chaves has to throw at him, and he has a clear advantage when it comes to speed.
Diego Gabriel Chaves (23-2-1)
"La Joya" has had a bumpy road lately. Diego began his promising career with a perfect 22-0 record, 21 of which were fought in Argentina. However Chaves has lost two of his last three fights to Keith Thurman and Brandon Rios. Chaves was knocked out by Thurman in the 10th round and disqualified against Brandon Rios in August 2014.
The 28-year-old Argentine is one-and-a-half inches taller than Bradley, standing 5-foot-7 and a half. Chaves is at a disadvantage when it comes to reach with a 66-inch arm length, three inches shorter than Bradley. Chaves weighs 146.5 pounds. Neither Bradley or Chaves have a clear advantage when it comes to physics, and they are separated by just three years of age.
Chaves is the underdog in this fight, and he has a lot to overcome. Chaves is the current WBO Latino Welterweight Champion, and he means business. Although sometimes criticized for his fighting style and use of elbows, Chaves is never afraid to go all out, and he's shown he can take a powerful punch.
Despite competing in seven less matches than Bradley, Chaves has seven more knockouts in his professional career.
Chaves has the advantage in punching power and aggression, but he has to make sure he doesn't tire himself out too early with missed punches.
Schedule, Where to Watch
Timothy Bradley and Diego Gabriel Chaves are scheduled to face each other on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 10 p.m. EST on HBO. The fight will be held at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can view a live fight stream here.
Bradley comes in as the favorite, but we can't underestimate Chaves's energy. Chaves has the advantage in knockout power, but Bradley's speed and athleticism will be too much in the end. Bradley knows if he loses this fight, he will never get in the ring with Mayweather for a chance to win the WBA Welterweight title.
Bradley wins by unanimous decision
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