Greetings, Fights Freaks! I am here in NYC for tomorrow's terrific HBO doubleheader with Luevano-Lopez and Gamboa-Mtagwa. Just came from the weigh in. All four looked fit and ready to roll. Plenty to discuss as always. Big notebook is up, so is a new blog and some news stories from the week. So let's get to it.
Now that Sergio Martinez looks to be fighting Kelly Pavlik, What's next for Paul Williams?
The Pavlik-Martinez fight is not done. There is a little bit of a gap in what HBO is offering and what Top Rank/DiBella say they need. Hopefully the sides will get a little creative and get it done bcause it's a great fight. As for Williams, his people say they will explore a top welterweight fight if they can't get something else, like a Pavlik fight or Martinez rematch. We'll see what Paul does next. There are not a lot of attractive options right now.
Thanks. Marshall was the star amateur and is Steven's cousin. When Cameron Dunkin signed Marshall, who everyone had high hopes for, he also signed Steven as a little bit of an afterthought. Top Rank did the same thing with both guys. Martinez got in trouble and had zero discipline and is out of boxing. Luevano stayed out of trouble and worked his ass off and now he's one of the best featherweights in the world. Funny how things work out.
Dandy Warhol - Which of the FSN shows are going to be distributed on FSN in English as opposed to just appearing on FSN Espanol?
Not sure specifically, although at least one of the US-based cards per month will have 100 percent clearance on FSN. The others may still be on FSN either live or delayed but it is up to each individual local network how they will do it.
What are Dan's thoughts on Golden Boy Promotions signing both Amir Khan and Saul Alvarez in less the same week. Is this going to benefit there careers or would they have been better off with another promoter?
Great signings for GB and it will give both fighters big fights in the US. Right before the chat began, I was on the phone with Oscar De La Hoya. He called me just before leaving the press conference in Mexico to announce the signing. He sounded pretty excited to have signed Alvarez, who is an excellent young talent and very crowd pleasing.
I keep hearing that Timothy Bradley is having a hard time getting someone to fight him. Is this a legitimate claim and who do you think he should fight next?
It is legit. He doesnt bring a lot of money to the table and he's a loss for many fighters, so it's tough. I'd like to see him fight a Khan or a Paulie Malignaggi or any of the top 140s.
Do you think Mosley-Mayweather, if and when made, will set a new precedance for the sport with regard to drug testing?
If that fight happens, rigorous drug testing will be part of it. Whether that translates to future fights remains to be seen. I think commissions need to re-evaluate their testing procedures.
Hold up Freaks. We have breaking news from the Bat E-mail.
The Glen Johnson-Yusaf Mack 175 eliminator that was supposed to be on Jan. 30 on the Mosley-Berto card that was canceled has been rescheduled. It will be on the Feb. 5 edition on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights!!!!!!!
Dan, great blog today. That background on the Collins-Resto fight really puts things in perspective. I'm going to pick up "Assault in the Ring" later today. What Margacheato did was both dangerous and despicable.
I agree. The docu is terrific and the DVD set has a second DVD that contains the full fight.
I thought you were about to announce Money v Mosley...maybe you will before the chat is over!
One never knows, does one?
wow!i was just gonna ask you about mack-johnson!
I read your mind.
Dan,Kudos for keeping the freaks up on the top boxing news! With all the talk of Margacheato possibly getting relicensed to fight your blog was right on the money. Out of curiousity what kind of feedback have you gotten from actual boxers on Margacheato's return?
I haven't spoken to boxers about it yet.
That's huge for FNF, how'd they afford it?
There's usually a little money on the side for a rainy day and apparently, it's going to rain Feb. 5
Dan, any idea who Lucian Bute will defend his title against in April?
Up in the air but I know Miranda is a possibility.
wow what a way to go for FNF!!
Dani, can Tavaris Cloud end up fighting Hopkins? That would be awesome man!
Extremely doubtful. Cloud is an unknown and brings zero money to the table.
Great pick-up for ESPN! Johnson-Mack will be a solid scrap!
I agree. I am really glad we picked it up.
hahaha.what a good fight that is. excellent job by FNF/ESPN. i was dissappointed HBO had no intentions of showing it before mosley/berto was canceled. no way the winner faces cloud on fnf in april?im assuming that is too soon
I think with FNF doing Johnson-Mack in Feb. and then doing Cloud in March it's possible we get the winners later in the year.
another strong main event on an improved season of FNF!
D $izzle - Great night of fights tomorrow, who do you like?
I love the card. I like Gamboa on a knockout eventually although Mtagwa is game. The main event I see more of a tough fight but I think gun to my head I like Lopez on a knockout.
Why does Glen Johnson get an eliminator fight, when he just got a title shot and lost easily?
The IBF went down its rankings and got to Glen when others passed up the eliminator. Even though Glen lost to Dawson I have no problem with him in an elimination fight. He's still one of the best light heavys.
I agree with those that spoke out in your blog, and also think that Margacheato should be banned for life. Do you, or do encourage those people in the industry to voice your opinions to the State Athletic Commissions?
If people want to voice their opinions to commissions have at it. I voiced my opinion in my blog today.
Will HBO have a 24/7 for the Pacquaio/ Clottey fight?
No, but it will have a countdown show I am told.
D$$,What's the latest news on Green/Bika? If they can't agree on a fight, how does the Super 6 decided who to pull into Taylor's spot?
I was told this afternoon that Bika-Green is not happening and Green is into the tournament and will face Ward April 17 in place of Taylor.
I think Pavlik-Martinez (if it is finalized) is a great fight and will be more action packed than a Pavlik-Williams bout. I thought Martinez beat Williams. I predict Martinez and will be Middleweight Champion, probably by KO. Agree?
I'm not making a pick on that fight yet but I love the fight and think it's every bit as good or better than Pavlik-Williams. It certainly will cost HBO a lot less too than Pavlik-Williams will.
Dan, with John Duddy stepping back in the ring this Saturday, what are your thoughts on his future career prospects now that he has fallen in with Top Rank? I agree with you that he has a manufactured record and that showed in the loss to Lyell, but assuming he makes it through Saturday without getting cut is there a real fight for him on the horizon?
I spoke with Arum today and he said a fight he is considering is putting Duddy on the June 12 card that will be headlined by Foreman-Cotto. He said it could be Duddy against Jimmy Lange, from the Contender.
Frank Warren should become a partner with the promotional companies in America. All of his top fighters end up their anyway.
You know Norman Chad would say -- Pay the man, Shirley.
Anything new in terms of the potential Judah-Urango fight?
There is no potential Urango-Judah fight. Urango is signed to fight Alexander on March 6.
Did Arum make a play for Khan and get beat out by GBP?
Yes, Top Rank spoke to Khan but I am not sure how serious the talks were.
Any updates on Foreman-Cotto? I assume it gets done with both being TR fighters. Would HBO really want to put a Boreman fight as the main event of a card though, or is that just posturing by Arum before he puts it on niche PPV?
The fight is going to get made. Arum and HBO met about it this week in NY. Arum would like HBO to buy the fight. If it doesn't, he will put it on PPV with or without HBO. At the moment, HBO is saying it will get back to him. They have not made an offer nor have they turned it down. Frankly, I am actually intrigued by the fight a little and it will be a big event on the eve of the PR Parade. I would think HBO would do it. Arum also wants to put Holt-Peterson on the undercard, which is a very solid fight.
How does Tim Lueckenhoff feel about Margarito potentially being re-licensed?
I assume OK since the ABC signed off on Texas giving him a license if it wants.
Who's a better at ducking top tier fighters.. Haye, Pavlik or Mayweather?
Pavlik has not ducked top fighters first off. Haye at least is fighting top heavys in Valuev and Ruiz, even if he ducked the Klitschkos. Mayweather doesnt fight top guys in his own division, so to answer you I would say Mayweather, which he can change by fighting Mosley.
Dan, who's the best blow-by-blow announcer in your lifetime?
DTM, I may just be a sick freak, but after reading the Notebook today, I'm excited for Stevens/Brinkley. Stevens sounds like he's coming for a war and is promising to knock Brinkley out cold. I have a gut feeling that it could turn out to be quite a fight!
I dont disagree. I think they match up well.
God, Pavlik hasn't ducked anyone. Williams thinks he's financially special when he really isn't.
Just want to give kudos to ESPN for going HD on Friday Night Fights. It makes a great show that much better, and the freaks greatly appreciate it.
answer me this.... why you chat with us? do you not have a life?
Why do you chat with me? Do you not have a life?
Dan, why move Cotto up to 154? Is he that much more interesting moving up to fight Foreman as opposed to staying at 147 and taking on any number of Mayweather, Mosely, Berto, Margarito, and so on?
He wants to move up, and that is his right. Mayweather is not going to fight him and he already fought Mosley and Margacheato. So why not?
Pavlik hasn't ducked anyone? Ok, fine...but he also found a way to never agree to a fight with Arthur Abraham or Felix Sturm. He found a way to let a signed fight with Williams go to crap. Why is it that whenever a Top Rank fighter can't get a fight done it's never the Top Rank fighter's fault?
Sturm was never a fight anyone gave a crap about first off. As for Abraham, that was actually seriously in the works before the Super Six came along, so the sides just went their separate ways. Neither side was ducking.
Apparently jonathan was also lacking an english teacher growing up
DMoney. What do you think about margacheato and cotto potentially lining up in the future?
I would say anything is possible. There will be fans that want to see the rematch and it will generate money if it happens, so I think it's possible down the road.
Could you please shed some light on Zsolt Erdei moving up to cruiser than going back down to 175?
If he does go back down it will be like what Dariuz Michalczewski did years ago -- make a ton of 175 defenses, go to cruiser and win a belt and then come back down. Although Erdei would come back down without a belt.
Dan when is Zab going to get of his ass and find himself a fight?
Who cares at this point?
do you give julio any chance against perro?
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. I think you have to make Angulo the favorite but he is beatable and Julio is more experienced and a puncher also. So I do give him a shot even though I think Angulo should win.
So Pavlik has put his middleweight title on the line against such sterling fighters as Lockett, Rubio, and Espino... if Pavs hasn't ducked anyone, you're saying those 3 are the best the middleweight division has to offer?
Take a look at middle -- it SUCKS. Here's a guy who had injuries and also made two mandatories. He also fought Taylor twice and jumped up in weight to fight Hopkins, not to mention taking short money to fight Miranda when Miranda was considered a beast and the favorite. Come on.
Anything in the works for Juan Manuel Marquez?
Instead of me being rude and banning you and insulting you, how about do me a favor and just read today's notebook?
Do we need to intoduce Johnathan in L.A. to Bing.These guys were meant for eachother
dan i would love to see berto(when he decides to come back) fight cotto in a title eliminator? i think that would a great fight, your thoughts?
Excellent fight but probably unlikely since it would mean Top Rank doing business with Al Haymon, which ain't happening.
More impressive? Hopkins or Favre?
Hopkins. Nobody punches Favre in the head.
There seems to be a lot of Universum fighters unhappy and "trying" to get out of their contracts. What is going on in Germany?
I think Universum is having trouble because it lost its television contract in Germany.
And now Pavlik is working on a fight with Martinez....yeah, really looks like he's ducking guys.
Exactly. And that's not just idle discussion. They're only about $250,000 apart on money with HBO and both sides want to get it done.
Mosley-Mayweather won't happen because Mayweather will not go into a fight that he has a high risk of losing. If it's not special testing, he'll find another way to make it not happen. Being undefeated is more important to him than anything else in boxing.
Guess we will have to wait and see what happens in the next week or so.
With RJJ-BH II in the pipeline, what would you say is the biggest rematch in boxing history that never happened?
There are a lot. I would think Leonard-Hagler is one. Oscar-Trinidad is another. Douglas-Tyson.
I read that Gamboa was a little over weight for tomorrows figth. Any updates on that?
I was at the weigh in. Gamboa was outside MSG walking around maybe trying to shed the last little bit. He weighed in right at 126.
It sucks that Mayweather is becoming Roy Jones circa 2000. He's bored, won't fight anyone good and is ruining the sport. Dan you are right to hate him.
I don't hate him. I just want to see him fight the best and prove he's the best instead of him just saying it. No matter how many times a person says something, it does not mean it is true.
What do you think would be a fair split for PBF/Mosley? I can't see Floyd agreeing to 50/50 like he did with Pacquiao.
I would think 60-40 in Floyd's favor sounds about right.
Is Showtime planning another Fight Camp 360 soon for the upcoming Super Six fights????
Yes, there are supposed to be at least four more shows during the tourney.
By the way -- for what it is worth, Felix Trinidad is here. I saw him in the hotel earlier and he was at the weigh in. He's here supporting Lopez and he looked trim.
Hey Dan, just a note to see you were on the UK screens of ESPN a couple of weeks ago, they showed the Karmazin fight. It was the first time I've actually heard you talk...
You're so lucky.
What are saying about Tito? Looks like your hinting on something?
Not at all, just saying that Tito has sometimes been huge and today he looked in great shape.
1 Dollar for every 10th ticket? Is that really the best Top Rank could've offer as humanitarian help for Haiti?? Might as well just give the leftovers from Arum's breakfast sandwich.
You're a complete idiot. TR is giving $1 per ticket sold to the relief fund for every single show it will do this year. That could easily be $500,000. They don't have to give a dime. They are however. I don't like you.
Trinidad looking trim? Hopkins/Jones II and De La Hoya/Trinidad II on the same card? Revenge: The Rematches Part II? Only in America!
People who complain about the size of charity donations usually are the kind that don't contribute at all. It's just sad.
Thomas (Findland) was just Bing'd.
is there any chance ( a miracle ) that z gorres can ever fight again?
Ummm, no. He had a serious brain injury and is lucky to be alive. His fighting days are over for good.
Do you really think Shane ducked Mayweather when he jumped up to fight Oscar?
Not at all. He moved up to divisions to fight the best guy and made tons of money. Plus, he was really struggling to make 135 at the time.
is jermain taylor HOF considerate as of now?
Um, no. Unless he buys a ticket.
Dan, saw pics the weigh-in.. Is Carlos Negron 8ft tall or is the guy he fighting 4'6"? What weight class is that?
Somewhere in between. He's a cruiserweight -- he was 181 pounds if I recall.
When are you up in Bristol next for FNF?
Not sure yet, but probably March 5. However, I will be on next week via Skype from my office.
What ever happened to James Kirkland?
Shall I ban him?
what did you think of the Benavidez kid that Roach trains
Looked impressive against a shmear. But he comes with a big rep.
i heard tim tastes well with some mustard
Looking forward to the Perez-Mares fight? Who do you like in that fight?
Great fight. I would favor Perez but I can't wait to see it.
What's next for Ali Funeka after the Guzman robbery? Any prospects?
He has a fight with Rolando Reyes for the vacant IBF belt. There's a purse bid coming up for it.
Sergio Mora was supposed to return on the Mosely/Berto undercard as well. Is that part of the ESPN2 FNF on 2/5?
Do you ever wish the Hall of Fame had three or so levels, or would that just be nightmare?
Where will the Urango/Alexander fight be?
Mohegan Sun in Conn.
What do you think of the disgusting news of the wbcibfwba....abcdefg creating a new Super Heavyweight division? We need less divisions not more...just my opinion.
I despise it, as I do most things they do.
dan, any interest in seeing Duddy vs. an old De La Hoya? white people love that fight
Less than zero.
Has it been decided where Ward-Green will be?
Is there anything that Chad Dawson has lined up?
Supposed to face Pascal in June in the mandatory. If they don't make a deal thre will be a purse bid.
Any idea when Berto might plan to fight again, and who are the potential options?
Not sure on when he will fight due to his family situation but one fight that has come up is Berto against Malignaggi.
DTM... Now that Green-Bika is off, is the ShoBox off for that date? Was looking forward to that card.
No, there is still a ShoBox that night.
Why wouldn't Manny agree to have a blood sample taken 14 days before the fight?
Do you think Paul Williams would take a fight against one of the lesser welterweights to prove to the top guys he can still make the weight? He is really hurting for a fight right now.
Sure but who's going to pay for a nothing fight? If Paul wants to fight for very little money maybe it's possible.
dan you have to admit mannys excuse is lame..im sure you saw the brian kenny interview. He first said the day of the fight and then brian pressed him on the 14 days and he had some lame excuse about that 2. He said that he will be in heavy training 14 days out....Im not a rocket scientist but arent they heavy trianing 21 days out too?
You're right. Manny did a very poor job explaining himself.
Dan, Any chance we can go back to the old style rankings, monthly rather than weekly? I must admit, I rarely check them with the lack of updates on the fighters. The rankings used to be my favorite item besides the notebooks.
They are weekly. With the holidays they were not updated for three weeks. Last week's and this week's had a ton of updates.
Hi Dan, I was curious how the Abraham vs. Dirrell fight wound up near Palm Springs? Not that I'm complaining but that just seemed kind of random for a fight of that stature?
The casino has a relationship with Gary Shaw, who promotes Dirrell. And with that fight slated for a US site it was fine. The fight means nothing anywhere in America, so they are lucky they found a site willing to put up a few bucks.
Is there a televised undercard for the for the Valero/DeMarco fight on Showtime?
Berto v. Malignaggi? other than they're both promoted by Dibella, what's the point? Berto would destroy him
I don't see the point either. That fight really does nothing for me and I like watching both guys.
I like what Im hearing on the notebbook, how about a double header of Marquez vs Khan with Guerero vs Katsidas
Me too. I love the idea of Khan-Marquez and Katsidis-Guerrero.
Danzig - Is there any talk about Margarito changing trainers for his next fight? I mean, come on, he can't really expect everyone to believe his "I didn't know BS" and still bring back the same trainer. If he really didn't know he should've fired Capatillo not continue to have him as chief 2nd.
Yes, I asked Bob today about that and he said Capetillo is out. No word on a specific replacement.
Dan, I don't know if you had a chance to look at the tickets and pricing for the Pacquiao fight in Dallas, but it is going to be a rip off. I have gone to fights in AC and Vegas and paid 2-300 a seat to have a good view. The same tickets here are $700. I think it's ridiculous.
For a major fight I think the tickets are actually priced very well with lots of $50 seats. Ringsides for a major fight are often $1,000 or more. The top is $700. So it's in line or better than most fights.
If Hopkins-Jones 2 moves to April 3rd, would it still be in Vegas? I'm supposed to be there that weekend and as much as I hate the fight happening, I'd have to go.
Yes, I believe so.
Dan, what do you make of Mtagwa coming in at only 122.5? Do you think he over trained?
I was surprised he was so light. I do not think that bodes well.
Dan, what are your thoughts on Oscar's 180 regarding Pacquiao's punching power?
Oscar had contradicted himself more than any person I have ever met in my life.
How does Sam peter can an eliminator when all he did was KO 3 bums in his alst 3 fights?
He's been active, which is more than a lot of top heavys can say.
Do you have any word on ticket sales for tomorrow night?
There are some scattered tix left as of today. It's probably going to be a clean sellout.
Who wins the Royal Rumble?
I have not yet handicapped the field.
Will Caballero ever fight Juanma after all that trash-talking he did?
The question is will Juanma ever fight Caballero, and it doesn't look like it.
Any chance Luavano scores the upset, I will be pulling for him since he's from La Puente which is close to my old stomping grounds.
Of course. Steven is an excellent boxer and has toughness.
Where would Khan-Marquez take pace? England or the U.S.
US of A.
Thoughts on a possible fight between Paul Williams & Kermit Cintron at 154?
Not too bad considering what is out there.
Why hasn't Mayweather called out JuanMa Lopez yet? Somebody's 0 must go, baby!
Dan, from your conversations with Richard Schaefer, how close is the Mayweather-Mosley fight in becoming reality?
I havent spoken to Richard about it in a day or two but I did speak to Leonard Ellerbe last night and he said things were going well. So we'll see.
Juanma offered him a fight but Caballero did not like the purse.
It was not a legitimate offer.
Will HBO pick up on the Klitschko vs Chambers fight on March 20th?
At the moment, that is not the plan.
Is there some boxing law that says that the cinco de mayo weekend has to be a ppv?
I believe it is in the small print.
Dan -Did you see UFC moved it's May PPV back a week so not to (possibly) compete with Mayweather-Mosley? So much for boxing being dead . . .
Just smart business. Boxing doesn't plan huge events around big UFC cards either.
prediction for Vazquez-Marquez 4? Will it live up to the previous 3 fights or really show us how much these guys have taken out of each other?
How could it possibly live up to the first three fight, which are all all-time classics?
Will GB bring Alvarez to the states immediately or keep him in Mexico for a while, since he seems to draw good there?
Oscar told me the plan is for Alvarez to fight a March fight that is already planned in Mexico, then come to the US for his next three fights -- May 1 on the Mosley-Mayweather undercard if that fight is done, then in September and then in December.
Hey Dan, the other day I was watching DLH-Trinidad again. Just out of curiosity, how did you score that fight?
I had Oscar winning lik 8-4.
If the negotiations for Mayweather/Mosley fall apart do you think there will be a severe backlash towards Floyd considering it would be the second big fight negotiation that fell apart involving him?
Dan, do u think BHOP is capable of knocking out jones based on his last performance?
In the immortal words of our broadcast hero, who I talked to earlier in the hotel lobby, absolutely.
How many Ricky Hatton's are looking to return to the ring this year?????
I believe just one.
Speaking of scoring, how did you score Martirosyan-Ouma?
I had Ouma by one point.
Danny Zuko - Any updates on the proposed Adamek/Arreola fight in April? That one will be nuts! I can only assume that Adamek will pass his test on Feb 6...
Adamek has to win and then they have to finish negotiating the fight, but it's possible it will happen.
Follow up on the scoring for Martirosyan-Ouma. How do you have scores of 97-93, 97-93, 97-92 in a fight were the loser scored a knockdown???
It's possible the knockdown round was only scored 10-9 in favor of Ouma because Vanes dominated most of the round.
Approximately when do you think the Mayweather-Mosley fight will be finalized?
I have no idea.
Hartford still sux
Dan, who needs the fight more, Floyd or Shane?
Floyd needs it more. He needs to money more and he needs it more for his legacy.
Dan even though sugar shane will be coming off a 16month layoff i still think he has a hell of a chance to take the pretyboy's 0 ...who do you like in that fight if it comes off ?? thanks
Of course Shane can win the fight but I make no predictions at this point.
I'm looking forward to tomorrow. If Luevano wins will he get more attention/fans or the same ol' same ol'? Juanma has a good fan base, but they tend to stick with their own fighters. I can't see any of them supporting Luevano afterwards.
I agree with you. Lopez has a lot of fans and the Puerto Rican fans are very loyal. Steven has no fan base, which is why he's in NY on Lopez's turf and why he is making about half the money of Lopez ($200something to $400something).
Luevano will have to take the BHopkins approach and just keep defending that title until people start to realize.
You're right but a huge difference is that BHop could talk up a storm. Steven is not a big talker at all.
Is there even the slim-est chance that Hopkins/Jones is HBO, not ppv. Really, at this point, thats where it belongs.
There is zero -- I repeat ZERO -- chance of that.
Harder to get in: Baseball HOF or Boxing HOF?
Baseball for sure. To many boxing voters seem to think one big win is enough to make it in.
Is HBO declining the Klitch-Chambers fight because of the date or the matchup? God knows they've taken worse fights, but it is understandable based on the date, considering its the first weekend of March Madness
They don't love the date, that's the biggest thing. It is also in Germany. However, there is still a chance that for the right price it will buy the fight.
is it true that the punisher has an HBO date April 10th? and who can it be he fights?
As far as I know, April 10 is not a date for Williams at this point, although the entire spring schedule is fluid right now.
Dan, your notebook is solid, but it seems to feature mostly American and Mexican fighters and very few updates on upcoming European fights. Is this a personal bias or are you trying to save on international phone rates?
Dan I think Manny-Clottey should have been on HBO. Agree?
I'm glad you think that. But you clearly understand nothing about the economics of the sport. There is no way that could be live on HBO for what it would cost.
Hopkins vs Jones belongs on FNF.
Why would you do that to us?
Dan, what's your take on the notion that Kassim Ouma got burned by the judges in his loss against Vanes Martirosyan?
It was a close fight and he didn't get the call. I thought the scorecards were too wide but I wouldn't have a problem with Vanes winning much closer.
Any thoughts on a better viewing experience of assault in the ring.. watching the fight first or the doc first?
Watch the fight first.
Any word when Fernando Guerrero will be back?
He was supposed to be on an ESPN2 card next month but he has a hand injury and he was pulled off the card. He'll probably be back in April.
how much of a step up is Nieves for Avolos next week?
Is there a chance Paul Williams could fight Berto when he is ready to come back?
Highly unlikely since they have the same manager.
What was the hardest single punch you have ever seen/heard at ringside?
There have been a lot but one that springs to mind is when Calvin Brock wasted Zuri Lawrence. That was scary and loud.
What is your favorite Tito fight to re-watch
Love watching him and Mayorga.
Dan What is the basis for the fued between Arum and Al Haymon- how long has it been going on
Most of it has to do with the way Mayweather left Top Rank.
What the heck happened to Calvin Brock? Did he fall off of the face of the earth or did Wlad push him off?
Cal suffered a serious eye injury and retired.
Dan, Have you ever had a hot chick approach you at any boxing function and say she was a fight freak?
Dan, were you at the Tito/Mayorga fight? that was the first fight I ever went to and had floor seats. Amazing night and the crowd was AMPED up!
Yes, I was and it was an awesome atmosphere. I remember that as the first bell rang it seemed like everyone in the arena stood up.
Dan how do you get your vote in the hall of fame and how many votes is there altogether ?
I vote because I am a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. I am not sure how many voters there.
Is RJJ-Bhop really a rematch? They are basically different fighters at this point.
Yeah, it's a rematch because it's the second time they are fighting. DUH!
With 2010 off to an awful start, do you think the mometum the sport had built up over the last 2-3 years has been flushed down the toilet?
I wouldn't go that far but the start of '10 is awful.
John from San Fran you just got Zuri Lawrenced!!!!!!!! lol
Gamboa was a little over weight and Trinidad was alot over weight.
Gamboa was not overweight. He made 126 on the first try.
Who cares about the Winter Olympics...damn you HBO
Hey Dan,I know in the notebook it was said that HBO would want to do a Pavlik/Bute doubleheader, but if they can't what do you think of Bute vs Stieglitz and Miranda vs Andrade?
I don't think that is anything special of a card.
D-Man,who's calling the fights for HBO tomorrow night?
The same crew that always calls BAD -- Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Lennox Lewis.
Ok, Freaks, thanks for the chat. Hope you enjoy the fights tomorrow night and remember to check out the notebook, new p4p rankings this week, thet news stories and blogs. Talk you next week. Peace.