Kell Brook wants to fight Tim Bradley, Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan after he defends his IBF world welterweight title against Diego Chaves on October 24 at the Sheffield Arena.
In what will be his third defence after stoppage wins over Jo Jo Dan and Frankie Gavin, Brook will be fighting on pay-per-view in a double-header which also features Wladimir Klitschko-Tyson Fury live from Germany.
The unbeaten 29-year-old has become one of the UK’s front-runners but hopes an impressive win over Chaves will launch him into marquee fights.
“You don’t get to 35-0 by being a rubbish fighter. I’m looking to make a legacy in this game and I want the top boys after this fight, the Bradleys the Pacquiaos, the Khans,” he said.
“This is the fight that’s going to really propel me into the massive fights. Doing a job on Chaves will do that for me.”
Chaves has been stopped by Keith Thurman in 10 rounds and lost via disqualification to Brandon Rios, but earned a controversial draw against Bradley in his most recent outing.
The tough Argentinian may not be technically sound by carries significant power and Brook is planning on bettering the performances of both Thurman and Bradley.
“His draw with Bradley shows you the level he’s at, it shows you he’s an elite level fighter,” he noted.
“It’s down to me to make a statement, people are going to look at me in this fight and look at Thurman’s win [over Chaves] and Bradley[‘s performance], it’s a lot of pressure on me in this fight.
“I’m looking to make a statement, to do what the other fighters haven’t done and stop him [Chaves] before the 10th round. I’m going to have my hands full.”
Brook, who has come under a bit of fire for not nailing down big fights since winning the title from Shawn Porter last year, insists his clash with Chaves will be action-packed.
“I’m happy that we’re bringing big time boxing back to Yorkshire, back to Sheffield. Diego Chaves, we know what he comes [with], he’s rough, he’s tough, he comes and brings it,” he said.
“They all have a game plan when they get in with me, they say ‘he’s slow’ but I’ve got the best jab in boxing and I use my skills to my advantage.
“They all have a game plan until they get hit. When he tastes the ‘chocolate brownie’ right hand, he’s gonna know he’s in a fight real quick, but he enjoys being in a fight.
“We’re going to make sure there’s no stone unturned, this isn’t an easy fight and anyone that thinks it is, is mistaken. You only have to look at Chaves’ fights, you’ll see that he’s never in a dull fight, he always comes to bring the heat, so the Sheffield fans are in for a real treat.”
On the undercard, former two-weight world champion Ricky Burns will challenge Edis Tatli for the lightweight European strap while current European super-bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell defends his title against former Carl Frampton victim Jeremy Parodi.