Argentine puncher Diego Chaves appears for the first time in 19 months on Friday night when the welterweight contender takes to the squared circle for a rematch with 71-fight veteran Jorge Miranda.
Chaves, 30, was due to face Kell Brook back in October in the UK – but that encounter fell through, and the ex-interim world champion has been patiently waiting for his chance following injury problems.
‘La Joya’ will compete at 154 pounds whilst he shakes off his ring rust in preparation for what are expected to be tougher tests than former foe Miranda in the not-to-distant future.
Last time out, Chaves scrapped out a draw with Timothy Bradley at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas but has only won one of his last four contests since breaking into world class against Keith Thurman in 2013.
A battling performance against Thurman was following by a routine victory over Juan Godoy before a disqualification against Brandon Rios that most at ringside had Chaves ahead in before he was thrown out for dirty tactics.
Opponent Miranda, 32, has four wins on the spin since losing to recent world title challenger John Jackson, although was stopped by Chaves early in their initial meeting back in 2011 and shouldn’t pose too much of a threat to the comeback plans.