Miguel Cotto vs. Diego Chaves possible for June 18 at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

1-canelo-cotto-results (15)By Dan Ambrose: With 42-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez now out of the picture for Miguel Cotto’s next fight on June 19th, Argentinian welterweight Diego Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs) is now a possibility for his next fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, according to Dan Rafael.

You can argue that the 29-year-old Chaves gives you roughly the same quality of opponent as you’d get with the ring rusty, gimpy-kneed Marquez if he were the one to fight Cotto. Like Marquez, Chaves hasn’t fought since 2014, when he held Tim Bradley to a controversial 12 round decision in December of that month.

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Cotto vs. Ruslan Provodnikov or Diego Chaves possible for June 18

Image: Cotto vs. Ruslan Provodnikov or Diego Chaves possible for June 18By Dan Ambrose: Former WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs) and welterweight contender Diego Chaves (23-2-1, 19 Kos) are two names that are being mentioned as possible opponents for 35-year-old Miguel Cotto’s next fight on June 18, according to superluchas.com.

Previously, 42-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez had been talked about as the next opponent for former four division world champion Cotto, but now it’s been narrowed down to Provodnikov and Chaves.

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Hearn doubts Kell Brook will be ready for Joshua-Whyte card on 12/12

brook5433By Scott Gilfoid: It’s looking like IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook won’t be ready by next month to fight Diego Chaves on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs. Dillian Whyte fight card on December 12th at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn would love to have the Brook-Chaves fight take place on the December 12th card because it would make it a slam dunk that the card would be worthy of putting on Sky Box Office.

However, Brook still has injured ribs, and the injury isn’t likely to be healed by next month. What Hearn obviously doesn’t want is to rush Brook back to the ring and have him fall apart against Chaves when he starts nailing the 29-year-old Brook with body shots to test his injured ribs.

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Kell Brook hoping to fight in December

brook54566By Scott Gilfoid: If IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) gets his way, he’ll be back inside the ring this December if his rib injury heals up in time for that to take place. If the 29-year-old Brook heals up by December, he’ll be able to fight on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs. Dillian Whyte card at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

Needless to say, Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn would be overjoyed at having him on the Joshua-Whyte card against #4 IBF Diego Chaves (23-2-2, 19 KOs), because Hearn could then make the fight for Sky Box Office PPV rather than on Sky Sports 1.

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Kell Brook: I’m the best welterweight on the planet

brook67By Scott Gilfoid: With Floyd Mayweather Jr. now retired, IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) is mouthing off, saying that he thinks he’s the best fighter in the welterweight division. Heck, I don’t think Brook is even the best welterweight in the UK. Amir Khan probably beats him.

That’s kind of hard to believe given how poor Brook looked in his fight against Shawn Porter last year, a fight in which Brook was forced to clinch constantly to keep from getting battered by Porter. I had Brook losing that fight by four rounds.

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Kell Brook suffers rib injury, pulls out of Diego Chaves fight

brook67By Scott Gilfoid: When it rains it pours. When you thought nothing else could hurt the October 24th Kell Brook vs. Diego Chaves fight card, we now have the news that the 29-year-old Brook has suffered a rib injury sparring and has now pulled out of the fight altogether.

Talk about your bad luck. The card was originally supposed to be televised on Sky Box Office, but that fell apart when the Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury fight was postponed recently due to the Ukrainian Klitschko suffering an injury to his left calf. The Klitschko-Fury fight, which is taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany, was supposed to be packaged with the Brook-Chaves fight as the main event.

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Brook/Chavez Off PPV, Joshua/Whyte on?

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By K.A.B: It looks like UK Fans have been dealt a double edge sword. After the withdrawal of Wladamir Klitschko from his October fight date with Tyson Fury, The PPV fightcard for the Kell Brook vs. Diego Chavez has now been moved to Sky Sports 1 instead for October 24th at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, UK. This obviously is good news for UK fans because it was hard to justify that fight remaining on Sky Box office.

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Eubank Jr. vs. Jeter on October 24th Brook-Chaves card

eubank4By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it doesn’t look like the boxing fans are going to be getting much value for their money in the co-feature bout in this month’s Sky Box Office pay-per-view card head-lined by Kell Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) vs. Diego Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs) on October 24th at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, UK.

Instead of a nice competitive match-up between fighters evenly matched, #1 WBA middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr. (19-1, 14 KOs) has what amounts to be a mismatch against 39-year-old American Tony Jeter (24-4-1, 14 KOs) as the co-feature bout.

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Erislandy Lara to fight on 11/14 on ESPN

lara56666By Dan Ambrose: IBO/WBA World super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara (21-2-2, 12 KOs) will be defending his WBA 154lb title against an opponent still to be determined on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN on November 14tth at a still to be determined venue in Miami, Florida.

Since the 32-year-old Lara has had back to back voluntary defenses against Delvin Rodriguez and Ishe Smith since losing a non-title fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in July of 2014, you would think that it’s time for Lara to get around to defending against his WBA mandatory challenger.

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Khan: Brook needs to up his game

Image: Khan: Brook needs to up his gameBy Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) says he might give IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) a fight in 2016, but he thinks that the 29-year-old Brook still needs to start fighting better opposition.

Khan told his promoter Eddie Hearn that he needs start matching Brook against better opposition. But instead of matching Brook against the fighters that he suggested [Tim Bradley, Danny Garcia and Marcos Maidana], Hearn has scheduled Brook to fight Diego Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs), a fighter with a 1-2-1 record in his last four fights.

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