American fans will get to watch Kell Brook defend his belt. | Photo: Lawrence Lustig
Cable network Showtime on Tuesday announced that the Oct. 24 welterweight title fight between champion Kell Brook and Diego Chavez, which is being held in England, will be televised live in the U.S.
The fight will be held inside Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield and will air on Showtime starting at 5:45 p.m. ET/2:45 p.m. PT. An encore presentation of the battle will be shown later that evening at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Brook (35-0, 24 KOs), widely considered among the sport’s best pound-for-pound, is slated to make the third defense of the IBF 147-pound crown that he captured by dominating Shawn Porter last August. He has scored two knockouts in his first two defenses and looks forward to locking horns with Chaves.
“I’m delighted that my fight with Chaves is going to be shown in the U.S.,” stated Brook in a release. “Now is the time that I need to show the fans in the U.S. that I am a must-see fighter. Chaves is an all-action boxer who always comes to fight, and that is the perfect style for me to shine on Oct. 24.”
Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs) has taken on some of the best as of late. He last fought to a disputed draw with former world champion Timothy Bradley and had two tough outings against Brandon Rios and Keith Thurman. The Argentinean isn’t fazed to be fighting Brook on the Englishman’s home soil.
“We know Brook is a tough fighter, very technical,” said Chaves. “But he is not a fast fighter and he is easily bothered by body punches, which is one of our strengths. I believe he has problems going backwards, and we are going to test his punching power, too.
“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 added. “This raises the stakes for me, going up 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 make history if I defeat an Englishman in his own country.”
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