Dan Rafael will be by late Saturday night following all the big fights. He should be by around midnight ET or so. Be sure to check it out!
Hey Freaks, hope you're watching the fights. I will be back in a bit after Campbell-Funeka and we'll chat about all things boxing. Be back in a bit.
I didn't forget about you, Freaks. We've got two more rounds to go. I have Funeka up by a point right now. It's coming down to the wire. Good, solid fight so far. Be back in a few minutes.
Whew, good fight. With that late knockdown and Nate also winning the 12th on my card, I have it 114-112 for Campbell. By the skin of his teeth. Lederman has it a draw on HBO.
Let's see how the judges have it shall we?
113-113, 115-111, 114-112 to the winner by majority decision -- Nate Campbell. Good scoring. Legit scoring. Congrats to Campbell.
i've got nate, in a close one, but since he missed weight i hope it doesn't hurt funeka in the division at all. i really want to see him fight again. pissed at nate for missing weight, but still love him for making entertaining fights
I agree. I think even though he lost, Funeka made a good fight and showed he really belongs with the top guys at 135 pounds.
Can we get Ali Funeka-Michael Katsidis next?
still impressed with Funeka. I'd like to see him again. Hopefully HBO will put him on again.
DTM - Great night of boxing and even better with a RAD! At first I thought poor HBO - First Mayorga backed out, then Campbell didn't make weight. I half expecting Martinez / Cintron to be replaced by Ruiz / Valuez. But tonight was a lot of fun!
Really good show tonight. Boxing After Dark like it's supposed to be. Interesting fights on paper, solid action in the ring, some sort of lesser known guys getting some attention and some wild stuff.
No quibbles at all with THIS decision. I wish I could say the same for the proceeding bout.
Agreed. I thought the Martinez-Cintron decision was very poor. Martinez won that fight -- by knockout and by decision.
Funeka looks crushed. And these three fights were 500X more entertaining than the DLH/Pacquiao undercard.
so what happens to the Belts now?
They are vacant.
I just paid off my TV, I can't afford to replace it if it explodes during a Funeka-Katsidis fight.
The calendar says it's Valentine's Day, but the judges were confused and gave Kermit Cintron a Christmas gift.
Well said Freak.
How impressive was Angulo tonight? That dude looks like he's the real deal
Exciting as hell, but needs some defense really badly. He gets hit with everything.
hahaha, Dan how great was Lennox's "Timber" when Funeka went down in the 2nd
Your thoughts on Cintron getting knocked out and getting a draw out of it?
Horrible. To me, that's a Cintron loss.
Cintron got hit so hard he thought he got headbutt, how crazy was that.
Clearly not a head butt either based on the replays. Martinez hit him perfectly and he never saw it.
DTM, Props from the freaks to Funeka for not backing out or extorting money from Nate for not making weight. Feel bad Nate went through all the trouble to unify, and now he's done at 135. What do you think a good first move would be at 140?
Really don't know. I did speak with Shelly Finkel tonight, who said he would be willing to match his young guy, Victor Ortiz, with Nate a fight or two down the road at 140.
No way was that a draw, and a Campbell win. I am glad it was not PPV.
The draw was BS, I agree. But I have no problem with Nate getting the close majority. He sealed the deal with a knockdown in the 11th and by winning the 12th round.
Nate, the freaks accept your apology for missing weight, but we still aren't happy about it. Good luck wreckin shop at 140.
Good point on Angulo and his terrible D. That does seem to be an issue for many of the top young guns. Gamboa, Khan, Angulo, Julio and Kirkland never have met a punch they wouldn't get hit with.
Angulo punches like Javier Capetillo wrapped his hands.
Dantona 500, I'm going to my first fight in Vegas for Williams/Wright, any undercard rumors?
Arreola if he doesn't wind up getting Wladimir Klitschko. I would think you'll also see some of the young Goossen and Golden Boy fighters.
I have a feeling we should call this RAFAEL AFTER DRUNK, bc we know the freaks have had a lot to drink tonight.
How about Nate vs the loser of Pac-man vs Hatton (assuming the winner fighter PBF)
Depends how it goes. 140 has some guys in the division who might be more deserving, such as the Bradley-Holt winner.
You beat me to it, Danno. Angulo takes alot of shots. He better shore up the D or he will be in trouble against top guys at 154.
Max made a big deal about Cintron's glove coming off of the canvas prior to the ref reaching the 10 count, but doesn't the very fact that the ref said the number "10" mean that Cintron should've been counted out?
Yes, to me it does. And I still have yet to see a CONCLUSIVE replay that he was up at 10. So I will go with NFL rules -- without conclusive evidence, the ruling on the field stands. It should have been a KO. If a ref says 10, fight is over.
I don't think Nate has a fight out there he should quit now
Are you on crack? Dude won the fight and is in bankruptcy. God love him, but Nate is not going to be a doctor or lawyer. He fights. It is how he earns a living and he has a wife and six kids (plus a grandchild) to support. He's fighting.
Dan, since your the Freak of reason, Did Cintron get up in time? I thought I recalled fights where the fighters are on one knee and didn't get up.
I've seen fighters far more upright and a ref says 10.
Nate loves the body! Hes gotta be one of the best body punchers in boxing. What do you think?
He was digging in on Funeka, that is for sure. And since Funeka is all ribcage and arms, it was a good plan.
I think the bell ringing confused the ref and he was unsure what to do with Cintron. So he got to lose twice in one fight - once by KO, once by UD - and end up with a draw. Weak.
I understand Cintron thought it was a headbutt but his reaction to it and how he acted after was unprofessional.
and I'm assuming Gamalier thought the Cintron draw was a GREAT call???
What are your thoughts about going to replay during the rounds?
I absolutely support it if it is handled properly -- meaning it can't delay the round, if you cant decide in a minute, that's it.
When Joan Guzman didn't make weight after he talked all that trash, I couldn't stand him. But Nate Campbell misses weight, takes responsibility and goes through with the fight and I find him still likable. Am I alone?
Not at all. What made Guzman so miserable is that he refused to fight even over the weight.
I know it won't happen because of how things work in boxing, but can Angulo fight the winner of Kirkland/Julio. That is a fight the freaks want to see.
I think it's possible.
Replay is a no-go in my book; sure, HBO can make a quick decision based on replay, but remember that debacle where the D.C. referee watched the replay (courtesy of Tessitore) before robbing Anthony Thompson? That took FOREVER!
Like I said, it has to be done within a certain time limit. The DC thing with the Arvin-Thompson fight was done after the fight was over AND there are no rules on the DC books to handle replay.
What do you think about a Judah-Campbell fight next? It would be Campbell's first fight at 140 and Judah's first in some years...Thoughts?
can I eat GAMALIER??
Midnight snack? Be my guest.
Being that it was sort of a "recognized robbery", do you think Martinez's career will go on as if he won?
Yes. He got a draw, we all know he won and keeps his belt.
Hopefully the IBF places Funeka in position to fight for the vacant title. He probably lost the fight, but he showed he is a real fighter for sure.
Nate seemed more capable of getting rid of Funeka then the other way around, but he had no energy. Round-By-Round though, 115-111 for Campbell is bad scoring.
Well I had it 114-112 and I had a round or two that I thought was close, so I have no real issue with 115-111 for Nate.
Dan: Cintron has not looked good last three fights, counting last loss to Margarito. Did not debut well in new weight class. Is he officially relegated to gatekeeper status?
I think so.
Freak alert: If you have HBO West, they're showing the replay of tonight's BAD card.
Was that ref waiting for angulo to kill rivera? My lord. Oh by the way your thoughts on Angulo? He looks like a damn good fighter. Be easy king freak.
I thought the ref was a deer in headlights. Obviously, it should have been stopped sooner. Did he need to see Rivera die in the ring? Terrible officiating.
Do u see martinez being able to defeat other fighters such as spinks, williams, or forrest
I see him definitely capable of winning all of those fights. He has the ability.
Dan I feel like Kermit is that elementary school bully, whenever someone stands up to him (margs and now martinez)he becomes less aggressive and just doesn't want to fight
Hey Rui -- true freaks DVR the fights and play them over while chatting with D-Raf. No need for HBO West.
Whom would you like to see Martinez fight next? (Please don't say rematch!)
I'd like to see Vernon Forrest honor his mandatory and fight Martinez.
Wasn't the fight for IBF / WBO titles? Bob Papa kept saying 3 titles were on the line, but I thought Nate vacated the WBA belt.
Well long story but here it is in a nutshell: After they vacated the WBA got in touch with Nate's people and asked them reconsider. He said he couldn't make the mandatory with Moses and didn't want to keep it knowing he couldn't make the mandatory. So he didn't want to pay for a title he couldn't keep. So Don King agreed to pay the sanction fee, from what I am told, so Nate was cool with having the title and not having to pay. So he was reinstated recently as the WBA's super champion. It's crap like that just shows how grotesque the sanctioning organizations are. But now that Nate lost, there is not more WBA super title. It disappears and Pualus Moses is your WBA lightweight titleholder (even though I don't even have Moses in the top 10 at 135). Got all that? There will be a quiz.
The ref in the Angulo fight made me cringe. What more did he need to see?
D-Money, If you could only watch fights involving one boxer for all eternity who would that guy be? I'm still going with Gatti for now, but Sugar Shane is closing rapidly
Well I'm a huge Gatti fan. In fact, I have a large paining of him hanging on a wall in my office, which I am in right now. But there are too many fighters I enjoy watching to pick just one.
Dan: HBO keeps saying Victor Ortiz is fighting on March 7th. Has Victor's promotional status been resolved yet?
Yes, he is with Golden Boy. They are either working on or have finalized a buyout with Top Rank. Dont worry. He's on March 7.
Dan I think Nate at 140 doesn't have the speed to matchup with Bradley, or the Power to matchup with Hatton or Pacquiao...I think guys like Witter and Maliggnagi make more sense...your thoughts?
You may be right about the speed and such but I couldn't care less about seeing Nate fight Paulie or Witter. Ugggghhh.
Wait Wait! Do I have to pay a sanctioning fee for the quiz?
Maybe. I'll think about it.
So how long does it take for all the 135 belts to get unified again? Sounds like a bunch of nonsense fights are coming up to me?
Well JM MArquez, the REAL champ, defends against Juan Diaz in two weeks. That's good enough for me.
Buy or Sell: Julio knocking Kirkland stiff in March?
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. Don't know about stiff, but I've been picking Julio to win.
Danimatron: Worse ref: the guy who almost let Rivera get killed or the guy who cost Martinez a victory?
So, wasn't there supposed to be an Azteca broadcast on tonight as well?
Dan, Even with the win tonight don't you think Nate showed he's starting to show his age? He was tired during all of the middle rounds and barely won in the end. I think an aggressive hard punching 140 lb.er k.o.'s him.
He did look gassed late in the fight and he is 36. It won't get any easier for Nate.
Dan, what did you think of the point being deducted from Martinez in the 12th?
Switching gears Dan, can we thank you for a Valentines Night chat...and thank the wife for allowing you?
My wife is cool with it. She went to be during the Martinez fight.
Dan, great blog today on Wlad-Haye. Haye's manager, Booth, appears to have graduated from the Nacho Beristian school of management.
Magna Cum Laude in the special graduate program at the Winky Wright School of Boxing Business.
Any gripes over Max's future of boxing list? Not sure why David Haye belongs on it, or Arreola, for that matter.
I thought it was an excellent list, keeping in mind that was guys HBO will be showing. I thought HBO did a great job showcasing the young talent and it was a nice cross section of weight classes with guys from various promoters, some of whom are more advanced than others. But a great segment. I really enjoyed it and thought it was great timing to do it.
What's the RAD soundtrack tonight?
Listening to a little Tom Petty as we speak.
Side note I love how HBO went back to the basics and really took time to introduce the young guys that are being showcased not only tonight and for the future, that as they say are how future stars are made, its a tactic I thought they had gotten away from for a while.
I couldn't agree more. HBO has a plan right now, which is to bring us the young guys regularly and tell us about them. Excellent job.
We got a heck of a draw here in Salisbury, MD with Fernando Guerrero. If he keeps winning this could be comparable to Morrison in Oklahoma and Tapia in New Mexico back in the 90's.
Could be. I love that he draws a big crowd. Good for boxing.
What are the chances Nate gets a shot at the Pacquiao-Hatton winner? I would love to see him get that huge payday.
I would awfully doubtful.
Danannadannadana: Reading your latest blog re: Klitscho vs. Haye currently with the chat. Can't understand what Haye's people are thinking. Rocky never did this to Apollo.
The Haye folks are living on Mars.
HBO's new graphics still aren't working for me.
Hey, at least they didn't screw with the BAD music like they did with the WCB music. I'm still not over that one.
Boxing seems to be doing good, Nice crowd at Florida tonight.
Don King is the master at papering the house.
Max raved about Gamboa's speed; is he as fast as Roy once was?
He might be faster.
Dan: Thanks to you and your wife for the chat tonight. I cannot shake the feeling that Lopez-Penalosa will not come off in Aprl. Buy or sell that fight actually happens.
Dan you said no to Maliagini or Witter vs Nate and no to Nate vs the winner of Pac Man vs Hatton so what s waiting for ate at 140?
Are you beginning to think Mayweather really is done?
No. As I have said many times: He will be back eventually as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow.
King Freak: I love this sport! I predict the Marquez/Diaz fight will be the fight of the year!!!!
I hope you're right because that means I will be ringside for a great show.
Dan - good blog today. Seems like Haye and Arreola are both a little green for Klitschko. If Haye's management kills the deal and Arreola doesn't jump on the opportunity, who else is there for Wlad to fight this summer?
Good question. The pool is not deep.
Do you think Richard Gutirrez can be anything more than a fringe contender?
No. He is what he is.
The British tabloids are reporting that Ricky Hatton was walking along, are you aware of what he was doing while walking along? And how many Ricky Hatton's there are?
I believe he was singing a song.
Dan- Great info as always! Froch-JT gonna happen? If so who ya got?
The fight is not signed yet from what I understand, but it's been agreed to and I believe it will happen.
Any updates on Allan Green's opponent?
He's supposed to be on the Froch-JT undercard on Showtime and likely would fight Carlos DeLeon Jr. That's what his promoter, Lou DiBella told me the other day.
Sup Dan, thanks for keeping me company while I study for my Financial Excel Programming class.... Wish me good luck!!! Keep up the good work..
That sounds more boring than a John Ruiz fight.
Hey Dan, Is it me or was Lennox a bit off his game tonight?
When was he ever on his game?
How many times a week do you get asked if Mayweather is retiring for good?
Multiple times per day.
I'm glad it's going to happen, but, from a business standpoint (specifically Kirkland and GBP's), why was the Kirkland-Julio fight made? That fight seems like it could be worth a lot more down the road, and Kirkland's taking an awful lot of risk for minimal reward (he could probably still headline a BAD card with a lesser opponent).
Why look a gift horse in the mouth? The only way these guys were getting on HBO in a main event was to fight a quality opponent, so they are fighting each other. I am psyched for the fight and the whole card.
Is it just me or do you get the feeling that Alfredo Angulo is going to get exposed in the near future?
He probably will, but it will be great fun until that point.
Honestly, when they introduced him off-camera right before the first bell, I wonder if Lennox had been off paying a visit to a beer vendor when they went on the air.
Any interest in Campbell-Urango? Big name for Urango and a chance for Campbell to win some lesser belts.
Now that would be a solid fight. I wouldn't find seeing that.
Everyone was doing it
I was ABSOLUTELY on my game!
Wu-Tang Dan, What's on the stereo for the chat tonight?
Just switched to a little Stevie Nicks (solo, not Fleetwood Mac).
In your experience do judges ever look at each other's scorecards? The one judge who wasn't on crack in the Martinez fight probably would have stared laughing if he looked at the other two's cards.
No, they don't. They can't. They are all on different sides of the ring.
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Plus Urango fights out of South Florida as well...that could be a great BAD from the Seminole Hard Rock or a Showtime fight.
tito was doing it
Danny-Boy... Was Povetkin's win over Chambers legit?
In the immortalt words of our broadcast hero: Definitely.
Does Javier Capetillo train anyone else noteworthy?
He works with Jesus Soto Karass, a young welterweight who's pretty good.
I like Nate and had him winning 114-112 tonight in a brutal fight. I definitely would have liked to see him against the top of the 135s, not prospects at 140
DTM, saw ESPN's greatest knockouts show the other day? Did you have any input? If not, did you agree with Marciano being #1?
I was not involved in that show.
Hey Dan, thanks for the RAD! Any chance Roy could move up to Cruiserweight to end his career? Seems like he's had trouble since moving back down to light heavy.
You never know.
HBO pulling out all the stops for April 11th, huh? Thrilla in Manila documentary, 24/7 premier, and Williams/Wright!
Do you think there is a chance of Cotto vs Clottey in June?
It could happen if something else doesn't come up because at least Arum promotes both guys and could make the fight pretty easily.
Dan, curious about what HBO can present in their Thrilla in Manila documentary that most didn't already know?
I have no idea. But I do know this -- if it's an HBO documentary, it will kick ass.
Have you honestly ever seen Angulo smile?
Yes. He's actually a funny guy when you talk to him in person. He was a riot when I was with him for a bit at the Dawson-Tarver fight last fall.
when are you going to apologize to Joan Guzman? You were much more harsh on him than Campbell.
Because Guzman was coming up in weight and because he punked and wouldn't fight over the weight.
So what was Ricardo Mayorga doing tonight?
a) Drinking a beer; b) Smoking; c) Driving fast; d) All of the above.
Hey DTM- Any word on plans for Mijares?
He has a fight coming up. Check the sked.
I set 'em up, you knock 'em down.
What's next for Cintron and Martinez? Rematch?
Hey Dan I read on the Ring's website about this prospect from cali John Molina. His highlights looked good, nice size and power for a lightweight
He was just on ShoBox a week ago.
Jokes aside, I get all my career advice from the Winkster.
Is it it just me or does Martinez' style remind you of Roy Jones with the low hands and posturing? Didn't much care for all the trash talking by both fighters in that one, they really seemed to not like each other.
The hands at his side really annoyed me. Just dumb.
Why on earth is the winky-williams fight in vegas? Did promoters learn nothing of what happens when you put a good matchup in a city other than vegas (la)? They'd be lucky to sell 5,000 tickets in vegas.
They'd be lucky to sell 5,000 tickets ANYWHERE. But it's a solid fight and I'm interested in it. At least they kept the ticket prices low.
Will Darchinyan stay at 115 or is he intent on moving up?
He says he wants to move to 118 or 122.
Now that Cotto has publicly stated his displeasure with Top Rank's handling of the Margarito situation, you think there's any chance he jumps ship?
If he did, it wouldn't be for that. Top Rank promotes both guys. They would stick up for Cotto too in that situation.
In case people forgot D$$$ updates the sked regularly here's the link....BTW its on the Boxing home page of ESPN http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?page=boxing/schedule/index
Does it bother anyone else when TV talking heads refer to the Antonio Tarvers and Lennox Lewises as "future Hall of Famer" when introducing them? It's one thing if they're talking to a Pet Whitaker or Oscar and they say that, but I keep hearing it about overrated guys (Lewis) or unremarkable loudmouths (Tarver). Am I being unreasonably annoyed?
Are you off your meds? First off, Lewis has already been elected to the HOF and will be inducted this summer. He was an easy first-ballot pick. As for Tarver, it does annoy me because in my opinion, he is not a HOFer at all. One awesome shot against Roy Jones does not a HOFer make.
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dtm in anticipation for the Top Rank ppv i checked out some footage of Marco Antonio Rubio. Seemed like a dud to me, seen faster hands on a broken clock. you give him anything more than a punchers chance?
No, but at least Rubio usually makes entertaining fights.
Come on Dan. Give me more on the angulo stoppage. I thought it was very late. When was the earliest moment in the fight you have thought it was a legitamate stoppage?
When his head was about to come off his neck at any time there.
Dan, after reviewing the SCHEDULE...I have come to an important conclusion...the fight card in Ohio next week really does stink.
Over/under 250,000 buys next week?
Definitely under. DEFINITELY. I'd bet my house.
in your opinion, do you think NEXT WEEK's PPV is worth buying?
Hey, if you like Pavlik or Cotto and want to chill and watch some decent fights with your boys, chip in and get it. What the hell?
Big D, After actually seeing and hearing Arum's tirade over the Margocheata suspension I'm wondering if Bob's out to steal my screen name!
Dan, I just want to know if Yan Barthelemy has retired cause he has not been on any cards that feature Gamboa or Solis. Thanks.
No idea, but he is co-promoted now by Golden Boy. I don't think he's going anywhere anyway. He looked bad in his loss and has zero power and he fights in a weight class few care about here.
What's the word on Valero fighting in the US?
He's fighting in Texas against Pitalua on April 4 on the Goden Boy lightweight ppv show.
In order to for you call yourself a freak you should never ask "is a fight worth buying"? Freaks just know!
Dan, this question needs a sharp boxing mind. What is Angulo's ceiling? Could you see him being a real challenge to any beltholders in a year or two?
I think he could get a title shot or even win a title, but he's going to have to be matched very carefully because of his massive defensive liabilities.
Dan....hypothetical....Angulo v. Martinez....who ya got? Angulo too green for Martinez's movememt right now? Or Angulo too strong & 'dog'ged? (pardon the pun...)
At this point, Martinez would play with Angulo and probably destroy him.
Any idea of the price for GBP's lightweight card. Is it to much to hope for $30?
Probably $34.95 or $39.95. I would be nice though if they went for $29.95.
First time I got to see Sergio Martinez. Is it me, or his style a little, umm, unpleasing?
He was VERY pleasing in his last fight against Bunema.
DTM, will you be at ringside for Cotto's or Pavlik's fight next Saturday?
I will be in New York at the Cotto fight.
Hey dan, i know you have some serious clout in the boxing world. Anything you can do to protect us from upcoming Cory Spinks fights?
I will try my best.
I think Sam Peter is a legit opponent for Wlad in June if he tops Chambers and the Arreola and Haye fights cannot be made. I wouldn't mind seeing the rematch.
Very, very, very unlikely.
To all Freaks who want to go to next week Cotto-Jennings fight at the Garden. Go to the garden website to purchase tickets and type in NYRCOTTO and get 20% off your ticket. Got mine last night and hope this helps fellow Freaks get tickets.
What up D$---read over the chat from Friday, You chose BHop as the boxer you'd want on your side during a fight. An great and interesting pick. He's not the biggest, the strongest or youngest---maybe the baddest though. Why him??
Hopkins knows how to fight, be it in a ring or an alley.
Dan, prove that you are an insider and not just another reporter. Tell us about a speculated fight in the future that most of us hadn't heard about.
That Arreola COULD face Sergei Liakhovich on the Williams-Winky undercard.
dan do you have any idea if the knan vs barrera card will be available in Puerto Rico
Not a clue.
Dan - any word on who Gamboa will fight on next weeks FNF?
Do you ever check the schedule? Do I have to ban you?
I nominate Mayo for freak of the night. I'm planning on going next week, and hadn't yet gotten my tickets. Thanks, man.
Hopefully Cris doesn't bring me along to the Liakhovich fight!
What happened to me?
You were ringside on the tv side of the telecast tonight.
Rank these 3 historically: Jones, Hopkins, Toney.
Just like you had it: Jones, Hopkins, Toney.
How in the world did Cosme Rivera stay up? Angulo hit him with everything he had.
Big heart and plaster on his chin.
So basically the WBA just made a payday by making an extra champion for a fight? Wow... yet sadly I'm not surprised.
There is probably not much money in it for anyone, but, a southpaw battle between Martinez-Dzindziruk would be an interesting fight.
Maybe in Germany or Argentina. Not here.
With his hands at his sides, his shoulder-shimmy, and his overall attack, Sergio reminded me a LOT of Joe Calzaghe.
Interesting. I can see it.
Can Martinez be the mandatory for Vernon after a draw?
Of course. The fact that he is the WBC's interim titleholder means he is the mandatory. He kept that title with the draw and therefore is still the mandatory.
You seem to be bashing WBA more than WBC and IBF in recent days.
They all suck.
dan, what did you think of FNF last night?
I'm still drowsy from the main event.
Is it true that MMA figher Andrei Arlovski is making his pro boxing debut on April 11th?
Yes, on the Williams-Winky undercard.
Dan, I think one of the most impressive things with Angulo is his ability to remain under control no matter how many punches he's throwing. He never seems off balance or wild with too many punches.
That's a good point.
Hey Dan, any chance someone can tell Alfredo Angulo to lose that ludicrous dog collar? He looks like he belongs in the bar from the 'Police Academy' movies, not the ring...
I think he looks adorable.
I have never questioned why you are the king freak, its 2 am ET, guess I will never have too
What's the deal with Chambers Peter? Will ESPN televise?
From press row---have you or any reporters around you ever yelled for a fight to be stopped?
Nate was a stand-up guy about missing weight, but he wasn't exactly likeable during the fight, shaking his head theatrically and saying, "All night, bitch!" after a round that was even at best.
Cintron may have been unprofessional - but at least he didn't cry in the ring tonight!
Happy Valentine's Day Dan!
I thank you.
Dan's gonna chat all night bitch!
I'll never forget Lampley yelling "Go Down, Go Down, Go Down!!!" at the FIGHTER...that's just one of the reasons he's the best in the business...even while announcing he has no shame in hiding his passion and care for fighters, but doesn't over do it, not something that should be overlooked.
I could hear the emotion in Nates voice about missing weight, he sounds sincerely sorry, lets cut him some slack.
I think he is. I know how important those titles were to Nate, so I know that losing them on the scales had to be killing him inside.
At least it looks like Funeka should get an instant shot at one of the belts (IBF?) after the close MD and them being vacant now. Makes sense, right? Would he fight in America or be able to go back to South Africa for that fight?
I think he probably deserves a shot at a vacant belt after his showing tonight.
Another reason why I became a fan of Ali Funeka tonight: He made it so that Zahir Raheem WASN'T fighting Campbell
YES! Excellent point.
Dan, Martinez is the interim champion... so when will he be fighting for the "title"?
Whenever the jerks at the WBC order his fight with Vernon Forrest.
Any chance Funeka enters your top 10 lightweights?
Any chance you read them ever because he's been in the top 10 for ages.
You should be banned for that.
Was I the only one who got depressed every time they advertised Tarver/Dawson tonight?
Tell me Funeka doesn't remind you of the punisher a little bit... tall, lanky, and high work rate
I thought the same thing.
Man how can a 6'1" guy be fighting at 135, that's kinda crazy.
Like Chico Corrales at 6-feet and at 130.
Dan - does Winky's long layoff play a role in his fight with Williams? With that in mind, would love to hear your take on who is likely to come out of that one on top ...
I do like Williams -- too young, too fresh, too active, throws too many punches, has a great chin. Winky will be there and may have his moments and win some rounds, but I think Williams is going to take the decision clearly.
I have changed the music again. Now, I'm going with Police.
OMG the girls in Lauderdale are off the chain!
Do you think Cintron should go back to 147?
Wherever he can get a fight and make some money.
YO Dan! I left my brother's son's bris by using the old,"Circumcisions make me queesy" excuse to tune into the chat. What's my freak status?
You have some issues that I cannot help you with.
Btw, Danimal....incredible & wonderful that you're up, chatting boxing, at 2:15am on a Sunday....you are the man, sincerely...
And we may be here for awhile considering the all the questions and comments coming in.
Or Caballero at 122 and 5'11"
Also freakish. Makes Tommy Hearns look normal when he was at 147.
The 1st time a circumcision was mentioned in an espn.com chat? Hopefully the last.
Dan The Man isn't it your anniversary with the misses today!?
Well Sunday is the anniversary of when we started dating and when we got engaged. We have plans tomorrow followed by a little WWE PPV.
Dan, the announcers made it a point to mention Funekas beard, Harold Lederman to be exact, do you think it matters one way or the other?
I think it does if it is long enough to either cushion a blow or get into the opponent's eyes.
do you prefer edge as a heel or face?
Heel. LOVE him. Just got me my Edge: Decade of Decadence DVD set a couple of weeks ago.
That's right Kevin! Happy Anniversay Big Guy!
D$, does your wife have an available younger sister? You my friend hit the jackpot...
She does, but she's married and living on a boat off the coast of Mexico.
I was disappointed HBO didn't show any of the ringwalks tonight. In some instances they're better than the actual fight.
It was a crowded show. Lots of stuff to discuss. I dount the ring walks there were theatrical anyway. But hey -- at least HBO FINALLY brought back showing some ring card girls. About freakin' time.
Please tell Mike from Oakland that marriage is in no way a jackpot, no matter what he has heard.
I would strongly disagree.
Whoa, Josh gets an anti-freak status with that comment
who do you have for the lopez vs penalosa fight?
D$, aren't you tired of reading articles about how Arthur Abraham is ready to take over the boxing world and making it big in America, then agree to fights chumps who are zero threat to him?
Pretty much. I do give him credit for coming here and smashing Miranda in the rematch but I'd like to face some better opponents.
Wow, i was actually looking forward to seeing what Cintron would bring tonight. What a waste of time...my wife fell asleep before the awful 7th round
Lennox said Margarito Definetly knew he was cheating.. it must be true!
I agree with Lennox.
the piece on the new stars of HBO and the sport has me excited about boxing this year, less PPV's and new blood
I would like to see FUNEKA back here in US. He gave a very good effort.
A lot of the Freaks are saying the same thing tonight. I agree.
Don't you wish somehow they could pull together a Boxing All-Star Weekend? Obviously it could never happen, and it is way too niche, but consider all the cool possibilities if it actually went down...
That would be pretty cool.
Not even I will chat at 2:30am...you are the Chat King Dan.
You can't carry my jock.
My wife's passed out on the couch as I watch the aftermath of the ESPN FNF replay on DVR. Tall glass of beer in front of me. Frankly, I feel like I can just get on my bicycle for the last few rounds.
It is Sunday February 15th, the 1st day of the week / Mrs. DTM's anniversary with the King Freak. / Congrats and have fun / but no you're not done / here's to many more years to come!
The Freaks are amazing at 2:30 am.
buy or sell: Margarito never reaches the top again.
Buy. His rep is gone.
Cintron has no ties to Don King, correct? He is a DiBella guy?
Dan, what was with the law firm co-promoting the card tonight?
No idea. Don King has a way of coming up with interesting sponsors.
Wow, the Martinez-Cintron fight was the worst officiated fight I have ever seen. The referees and the judges did a terrible job.
Have you seen a tape of the fight yet between Omar Narvaez and Rayonte Whitfield? If so, was the stoppage legit or was it a hometown call?
I saw it on the Internet and expect the DVD of the fight Monday. The stoppage was a little quick in my mind, but not horrible.
was it just me but were there wayy more sponsorship logos on the canvas than usual? looked slippery out there...
It sure did.
I'll fight Funeka next! It'll be billed as, "When Beasts of over 6 Feet Meet!"
With the "cheating" cloud around Margarito; doesn't it make one question the Joshua Clottey win in which Clottey's hands were broken during his high guard and Margarito hitting them?
Of course. You have to questions a lot of Margarito fights.
Any word on if Clinton Woods won? No real interest here except that it was an eliminator
Yes, he won a decision for No.2 in the IBF rankings.
There once was 'THE MAN' from D.C. / who chatted on end with pure glee / boxing: the trade of his name / chatting: the code of his 'game' / Damn...he's ESPN's 'Sweet Pea!'
Boxing All-Star Weekend Event #1: "The Which-Elite-Fighter-Can-Knock-Out-Fernando-Vargas-With-A-Left-Hook Competition"...
I like Urango/Campbell. Make it happen.
Who was Don King promoting tonight? Campbell isn't his anymore, and Mayorga had pulled out.
Don was a promoter of the event as he had bought the gate from Gary Shaw, who had the HBO date.
0730am here in the UK and I get to work and there is a RAD still going on. Top Marks Dan!!!
Why are you working at 7:30 am on a Sunday???
Dan, with almost all the US Olympians turning pro or staying for the next Olympics, the one fighter I have not heard about was Javier Molina. What has he decided to do?
He's the one guy from the team I am unsure about.
Hey Dan, If Don King is notorious for "papering" the arena for a fight card.......how does he end up turning a profit?
Sometimes he doesn't.
You yourself floated the idea of a Darchinyan-Agbeko fight - anything there? Any idea what's next for each?
I think Gary Shaw may look into an Agbeko fight. But it all will depend on which fight Darchinyan can generate the most money. Agbeko just fought in a brutal fight in December and there is nothing up with him right now.
Is it true that Maskaev Kayoed Vitali Klitschko in the amateurs?
Yes, I have heard that many times.
So Dan, how about some inside info? Where do you see Nate Campbell the free agent going?
As his adviser and pal Terry Trekas told me the other day, they will listen to offers from whatever promtoers are interested. They didn't rule out re-signing with King either.
I personally think Margarito and Capetillo began loading the gloves after the Williams loss. His punches NEVER had the kind of crack in them that they started having after that fight -- i.e. Johnson, Cintron, Cotto. What say you?
I think it's an interesting theory.
Big Guy....I'm currently relatively broke, writing a dissertation & a huge Cotto fan. Should I buy a ticket to this fight or not? If need be, I'll compose the question in limmerick form...
Let's see the limerick.
Boxing All-Star Weekend Event #2: "The Who-Can-Talk-The-Most-Trash-And-Not-Come-Close-To-Backing-It-Up Competition" between Edison Miranda and Ricardo Mayorga...
Danimal, went to v-day dinner with the woman then faked food poisoning to stay in and watch the fights. Timed the fake vomiting to be between rounds or fights. Freak status?
First clue the Haye v. Klitschko fight stories were weird was that June 20 at the O2 is already booked for a concert with tickets already on sale for that date.
I love how the British press didn't even bother to check the O2 schedule.
Timing fake vomiting and food poisoning on Valentines day is just weird...Im sorry.
Am I misinterpreting what it means when a ref counts to ten, waives his arms, and says "it's over?" Where I come from, that's a knockout.
It's supposed to be anyway.
Dan, on a scale of 1 to 10, how bad did Sergio Martinez get robbed tonight? How could a judge give Cintron 6 rounds?
How bout this? all star over the hill weekend: trinidad vs de la hoya, jones jr. vs hopkins, and tyson vs holyfield
Is the Peterson-Blain fight a done deal?
Not yet, but it'll get done at some point. Top Rank would like to put it April 4 under Holt-Bradley, which makes sense because it is also at 140.
In 6 months time Margarito went from who would want to fight this man to having to fight in Tijuana. Even Roger Clemens doesn't want to be him.
Playing devil's advocate for Margarito... weren't his problems vs Mosley that his hands were incredibly slow? He didn't lose that fight because he couldn't load his gloves.
Nobody said he did lose because he tried to load his gloves. He lost because Shane kicked his butt.
I wouldn't mind seeing a small 4 man tournament at Welterweight between Mosley, Berto, Cotto, and Clottey
Thanks for the crazy late-night chat Fight Freaks. Hope you enjoyed the fights tonight and the RAD. Talk to you next week from New York, where I will be covering Cotto-Jennings. Peace.