Devon Alexander vs Diego Chaves on tapWritten by Joshua Broom
An IBF Welterweight title eliminator bout between Diego Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs) and Devon Alexander (26-3, 14 KOs) has been agreed upon at IBF headquarters thus avoiding a purse bid.
The Alexander vs Chaves winner will claim his stake as the IBF 147lb mandatory challenger to champion Kell Brook.
What's most interesting is that Chaves, who fights for Bob Arum's Top Rank, is taking on Al Haymon-advised fighter in Devon Alexander. Earlier this week, it was announced the two managerial entities - controlled by Arum and Haymon - are embroiled in a bitter lawsuit.
But despite the outside-the-ring drama, Alexander vs Chaves should be an excellent fight.
Chaves, rated No. 6 by the IBF, is coming off of a 12 round draw with Tim Bradley in December. And while most observers felt that Chaves should have lost the fight, it was still close on most scorecards nonetheless.
Former titilist Devon Alexander, in his most recent bout, dropped a lopsided decision to former unified 140 lb titilist Amir Khan.
The winner of the Alexander vs Chaves title eliminator, which has a tentative fight date for September, could face the victor of the proposed Kell Brook vs Brandon Rios IBF Welterweight title bout should the latter take place.
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