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Bradley plans on boxing Diego Chaves

bradley91By Dan Ambrose: If you were one of the boxing fans who were hoping to see an appealing slugfest on December 13th in the fight between former two division world champion Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) and Argentinean knockout artist Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs), you can think again.

Bradley, 31, says he has no intention of fighting the 28-year-old Chaves in the same way that he fought Ruslan Provodnikov in their fight in 2013. While Bradley isn’t coming out saying he plans on staying out of Chaves’ wheelhouse the entire night on December 13th, it seems like that’s what the case is going to be.

In other words, Bradley will likely opt to box Chaves in the same way he did in his dull 12 round decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez in October of last year. Bradley beat Marquez by a 12 round split decision by constantly staying in motion to avoid getting hit by Marquez’s powerful shots. The fight was nearly unwatchable due to Bradley’s constant movement, and unless that’s something that you’re into seeing, it was a horrible fight to watch.

The Bradley-Chaves fight will take place at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

“We got the game plan. It won’t be another fight like Ruslan Provodnikov,” Bradley said via “I don’t have that mindset going into this fight. I just need to be smart in there. Speed kills. I’ve got one of the best defenses in boxing.”

Since the fight is considered a mismatch going in, it was really only intriguing if Bradley chose to mix it up with Chaves. But with Bradley now saying that he plans on fighting Chaves differently than he did against Provodnikov, it pretty much shows that Bradley will be playing it safe to grind out a 12 round decision instead of looking to make it an entertaining fight.

Chaves has excellent punching power, but what he’s not good at is cutting off the ring. If he’s going to need to chase Bradley around the ring all night long then this fight is likely going to wind up as a really boring bout for boxing fans to watch.

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