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Bradley-Chaves officially set for Dec. 13

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Timothy Bradley will return to the ring on Dec. 13, when he faces Diego Chaves at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas as the headliner of an HBO doubleheader.

Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) will look to earn another title opportunity, having lost his welterweight title in a rematch against Manny Pacquiao this past April.

“I’m excited to get back into the ring and showcase myself,” said Bradley told ESPN at today’s press conference in Los Angeles. “Chaves is not that well known but the boxing fans know him. The boxing fans know that this guy can fight and that it won’t be a walk in the park for me. I think it’s going to be a great fight. I can’t wait.”

Despite the loss to Pacquiao, Bradley had amassed three straight wins prior, having bested Pacquiao in their first fight, then scoring decision wins against Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez.

As for Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs), the Argentine slugger was recently disqualified in his meeting with Brandon Rios last August.  The fight however, was a close encounter and saw Chaves ahead by one point on one card and down by a point on the other two scorecards.

“I give Timothy Bradley all the credit in the world for coming back after his first loss to face me, especially after seeing how I hurt Brandon Rios in my last fight,” said Chaves. “We both have a lot to prove on December 13. If Bradley thought he had it rough against Ruslan Provodnikov, wait until he collides with me.”

In the co-featured bout, Mauricio Herrera (21-4, 7 KOs) will take on Jose Benavidez Jr. (21-0, 15 KOs) in a 12-round junior welterweight bout.

“I’m obviously excited and grateful for the opportunity to fight for the title.  It’s something I’ve worked for since I was a kid,” said Benavidez.  “I know I’ll be bringing the title back to Phoenix with me. I have heard Herrera is looking past me and talking about moving up in weight when he wins, and I’m sorry that I’ll be disrupting those plans on December 13th.”

 “I’m so happy that this fight was made and I get to showcase my skills once again on a huge stage,” added Herrera. “I’m coming off of one of the most important wins of my career and I plan on using that momentum to defend my title and convincingly defeat Benavidez on December 13.”

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