Canadian Kevin Bizier has accepted an invitation from the Internation Boxing Federation to face Diego Chaves in a welterweight final eliminator.
Former world champion Devon Alexander was originally scheduled to fight Argentinian Chaves in September, although that fight is now dead in the water.
“Devon Alexander pulled out of the IBF Welterweight Eliminator and Kevin Bizier has accepted. The IBF ordered Chaves and Bizier to fight for the number one spot,” IBF Chairman told World Boxing News on Wednesday.
Kell Brook is currently in possession of the red belt at 147lbs and rumours that he could give Chaves a direct shot on October 24 are now gathering pace.
Bizier’s acceptance of the IBF offer doesn’t necessarily mean that the fight will go ahead, and now that the Alexander clash is out of the way, a path could be clear for Chaves to battle Brook in the UK.
Despite having won just one of his last four fights, Chaves has enhanced his reputation stateside with some rough and ready performances – which may have been enough to pursuade Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn to make an offer.
Brook has been on the lookout for an high-profile opponent on the back of victories over Jo Jo Dan and compatriot Frankie Gavin and Chaves may fit the bill on the back of his recent draw with Timothy Bradley.