Kell Brook: I'll Make a Major Statement on Diego Chaves

Kell Brook will defend his IBF World Welterweight title against Diego Chaves at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on October 24, live on Sky Sports.

Brook makes the third defence of his crown at his hometown fortress after ‘The Special One’ forced mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan to retire after four rounds of his first defence there in March and then faced Frankie Gavin in his second defence in London in May, ending the Birmingham man’s challenge in the sixth round at The O2.

Brook will be hunting another stoppage win over Chaves, but ‘La Joya’ will be out to spoil the party. The Argentine enters the clash on the back of a split draw with Timothy Bradley having also taken on Brandon Rios and Keith Thurman in his last four fights, and the former interim WBA champion brings a formidable knockout record to trouble the Sheffield star, with 19 of his 23 victims not lasting the pace with the 29 year old.

“Chaves is a rough, tough, durable fighter who is very dangerous,” said Brook. “He’s bringing something new to the table. He’s coming off a draw to Tim Bradley, was ahead on the cards against Brandon Rios until he was disqualified and gave Keith Thurman a solid fight so we know what level he has mixed at and how good he is.

“It’s been a busy year so far boxing Dan in March and Gavin in May - this will be my third defence in seven months but a busy fighter is a happy fighter and I’m very happy at the moment. I’m looking forward to the next challenge and I’m feeling sharp after my break.

“I've seen some of Chaves' quotes and it's interesting to see he thinks he can walk me down and over-run me. I don't think some fighters realise how big I am and how sharp and accurate I punch and I'm looking to make a major statement against him. If he does what he promises it's going to be one hell of a fight.

“I'm so excited about boxing in my home town of Sheffield again. London last time out was a great experience fighting in front of nearly 20,000 but I’m excited to be back there – it is my home. I’m looking to excite like I always do and light up the Motorpoint Arena on October 24.”

“We know Brook is a tough fighter, very technical,” said Chaves. “He is a linear fighter, very frontal. He’s not a fast fighter. He is easily bothered by body punches, and that is one of our strengths. And I believe he has problems going backwards. We saw that in his fight against Shawn Porter. When Porter charged forward, Brook had trouble adjusting to that. But we know that he is a great fighter to face, and we are going to test his punching power too, because the opponents he chose so far have not been such great punchers as the ones I have faced lately.

“I feel that my confidence grows with this challenge, knowing that I will have to face a champion like Kell Brook in his home country in England. This raises the stakes for me, going up there as an Argentine, and as a huge underdog. We know all the bad blood that exists between Argentina and England, and this will give me much more strength. I will be making history if I defeat an Englishman in his own country.”

Tickets priced at £40, £60, £80, £100, £150 and £250 VIP will go on sale at midday on Sunday (September 6) to Matchroom Fight Pass members from the Fight Pass area at and on general sale the following day (Monday September 7) with tickets in the £40-£150 bracket available from the Motorpoint Arena on 0114 2565656 and at . VIP tickets are exclusively available from .

The first fights on the undercard will be announced by promoter Eddie Hearn at a press conference in Sheffield on Monday.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Box-Office on 09-03-2015

[QUOTE=LacedUp;16014183]Who knows what he made against Gavin - It was a routine defense anyway. If he was to go over to the US and fight someone like Algieri on Spike - Do you think he would make more or less…

Comment by Box-Office on 09-03-2015

[QUOTE=English Lion;16016103]Khan has had multiple statement fights and succeeded in the majority of them. Malinaggi in his home town, Judah in his home town, Maidana, Alexander. Got stopped by Garcia but there is no shame in that and was robbed…

Comment by wlliam on 09-03-2015

[QUOTE=thack;16014121]Looks to be an entertaining fight with someone who has power and could cause the upset ....I can't wait to see the clown they wheel in for ole' glass jaw ...Maybe a rematch with that murderess light welterweight puncher Algieri…

Comment by wlliam on 09-03-2015

[QUOTE=English Lion;16013915]Kell Brook beating Diego Chaves is not a "major statement" by any stretch of the imagination. It will be his second credible opponent in his career and if he beats him, it will be a decent victory. The main…

Comment by BreWall on 09-03-2015

I always root for the underdog anyway. There's nothing you can do about people coming up with such fights when there are clearly better alternatives. All we can do now is to hope Chaves lives up to expectations, that is…

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