Diego Chaves says fighting Kell Brook in Sheffield will bring out his best
Last Updated: 03/09/15 9:06am
Diego Chaves has warned Kell Brook that being the underdog will bring out the best in him.
We know all the bad blood that exists between Argentina and England, and this will give me much more strength
Chaves (23-2-1-KO19) will head to Britain on the back of drawing with Timothy Bradley and losing to Brandon Rios in 2014 but believes fighting one of the world's best 147lb fighters in his own backyard will suit him.
"First of all, 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," he told The Ring.
"This raises the stakes for me, going 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."
Chaves was also beaten by Keith Thurman in 2013 but is a hard-hitting knockout artist who has demonstrated a willingness to take on allcomers in one of the sport's toughest divisions.
He claims the decision that cost him the fight against Rios was "blatant robbery" - disqualified due to an elbow in the face and also having two points deducted - and says the draw with Bradley left "a very positive taste".
And having looked at Brook before the fight was confirmed, Chaves believes there are weaknesses he can exploit and return to Argentina with the championship belt.
"This fight is going to be different because Brook is a fighter that is completely different to the other guys I fought," he said.
"We know he is a technically proficient fighter and I believe this plays right into our hands. We have a similar style. I think Brook needs to go to the body a little bit more, but that's typical in European boxers. We know he is a tough fighter.
"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."