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October 15, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to our weekly Freak chat. The new notebook is up, as is a feature, a bunch of blogs and news stories from teh week and updated rankings and schedule. So check it all out. And it's a nice weekend of fights. We have live coverage of Klitschko-Briggs and Bute-Brinkley on ESPN3.com and there's also Wilfredo Vazquez in action. So there is plent to discuss. So let's get to it.

Nareg (Boston)

D$ - Kinda ignorant of Klitscho to say asthma is not a deadly disease don't you think? I'm rooting for Briggs...I smell upset

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

It may be ignorant but Vitali's point is well taken: If you have a problem and you are sick, don't fight. If you fight, don't complain and make excuses.

Steve (Minneapolis)

Hey Dan, I was excited to see Showtime move the Pascal-Hopkins fight to non-PPV. This is a fight I wouldn't have ponied up the dough for at 50 bucks, but I will def watch it now.

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

Agreed. It was a great move, whatever the reason. All fans will benefit. At least in the US, because in Canada it's still a PPV.

Garth (Stamford, CT)

I am interested to hear how the announcers call Tarver's fight tonight knowing they have to work with him again. Will they be less critical even if he's struggling or overhype his performance if he wins? I know they are professionals but personal feelngs must come into play.

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

I am also interested. However, Steve Farhood and Curt Menefee are pros. I think once the fight starts, they will call it like they always would. Their credibility is at stake and they know it. They're pros and I am not worried. Used to happen all the time when Merchant and Lampley called George Foreman fights on HBO. If anything, I think they were a little harder on him than softer.

Brendan (Cherry Hill,NJ)

Any final prediction for tonights Bute-Brinkley fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

Brinkley gets stopped or loses lopsided decision.

Antonio (Anaheim,Ca)

Don't you find it sad that if Katsidis loses against Marquez he may never win a world title?

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

Why is that sad? If he's not good enough to win one that's the way it goes. But even if he never wins a title, he has had a bunch of memorable fights.

Antonio (Anaheim,Ca)

Do you consider Jose Luis Castillo/Diego Corales, Miguel Cotto/Antonio Margarito, Ivan Calderon/Jorge Arce FHOFers?

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

Castillo no. Corrales borderline, but I would imagine he will make it. Cotto also borderline and probably makes it but he is still active. Margarito will never make it, regardless of what happens with Manny. Calderon is a lock. Arce no chance.

chris (oklahoma city)

Dan, I know you had your blog with grades for the overall cards coming up this fall/winter but which fight are you most excited to watch?

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

There are a bunch, but I think probably Martinez-Williams 2 or Marquez-Katsidis.

al (denver)

what happened to ann wolfe? i thought she and kirkland had a good thing going.

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

His arrest caused a lot of problems and they've had some sort of falling out. It happens.

Brian (SL,UT)

What was worse Hopkins/Jones 2 or Mosely/Mora?

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

Hopkins-Jones 2. That was just sad. And at least Mosley-Mora had a solid undercard.

jrfromdallas (southfork)

Is it possible that Al Haymon is worse for boxing than Jose Suliman?

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

You said it not me.

Ali (Tampa)

I thought Tarver said he "walked around" close to 220. Wouldn't he lose at least 10 lbs by accident throught serious training? His current 221 ain't muscle. He looks pudgy. I don't get it.

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

I don't either. I saw a photo from the weigh in and I was wholly unimpressed. He looked terrible.

Mike (Dallas)

Should Mike Tyson go MMA?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

Should you go to Banishment's belly?

Gutterdandy (nyc)

Briggs's camp said he weighed 242 last week ... well, he just weighed in at 262. Guess the pre-fight jitters had him hitting the fridge instead of the gym!

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

They lie.

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

Sunday's ESPN telecast is scheduled for only 90 minutes.. I hope they show both fights in their entirety if they go the distance..

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

That could be an issue. That is why I encourage everyone to watch the ESPN3.com broadcast just in case. Besides, with the Bute card tonight ESPN3 is also showing the Diaconu-Sheika undercard fight. Coverage starts at 10:15 ET. Klitschko coverage is at 5 pm ET on Saturday.

John (Phoenix)

Thunder Dan, happy Friday chat! Did you hear anything about Porter making 147? I was curious to know how easily he got there.

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

Yes, he was slightly under.

Oscar (Clearwater,FL)

Hey Dano, any news on El Perro?? is he done fighting in the US?? Btw... GO RANGERS!!!

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

Gary Shaw says Perro does not return his calls and he is looking for his lost dog. (Go Yankees!)

Gutterdandy (nyc)

Dan, congrats on a very interesting interview with Vitali! Nice to hear that he plans to continue as long as he feels good. Really, as long as he is dominating, why should he stop?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

I totally agree. He has taken no punishment. He enjoys what he does. He makes a ton of money. He's really freakin good. No need to stop.

robb (amherst, ma)

what to watch during the chat: holyfield-qawi 1 or froch-pascal?

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

How is this even up for discussion? Holy-Qawi is one of the greatest fights ever.

Joel (Eastchester, NY)

Dan, with Pascal-Hopkins being free on Showtime, will there be a co feature or it'll be a one fight show?

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

There will likely be at least one more televised fight. Could be Malignaggi.

David Haye (Somewhere, Else)

QUACK!...QUACK!...

Igor (Dallas)

Pascal - Hopkins on regular Showtime TV, will it bring your grade up?

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

Obviously.

Isai (OKC)

Any chance ESPN picks up the Lemieux/Camacho fight? I think Camacho is in over his head on this one...

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

You never know. I don't think there are concrete plans right now but I know they're always looking at proposals.

JMM (Chris) (Mexico (boise))

If I were to make a urine martini, would it already be a dirty martini?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley.

Paddy1981 (London)

Do you think Chisora even has a punchers chance at beating Wladamir personally to me Chisora is a clone of sam peter with no where near as much experiance on world level

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

I think Wladimir destroys him with ease.

Erik (atlanta, ga)

Hey D$$$$ the link from twitter says the notebook is up, but when i click on it it takes me to the quick hits. Is there a separate notebook i should read before fully joining the chat?

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

No, those are the notes. And thank you for your diligence.

Tyler (Memphis, TN)

Is Victor Ortiz-Lamont Peterson really happening (or likely to happen) underneath Khan-Maidana? Is Peterson not with Top Rank anymore? So hard to believe we'd see the first GBP-Top Rank fight in a while as a co-feature. Great undercard fight if it happens.

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

Ortiz-Peterson is likely to happen. Peterson side has agreed to take the fight pending the particulars being worked out. They still don't have any paper in front of them, do not know the money, the number of rounds, the exact weight, the options situation, nothing. However, Barry Hunter told me yesterday they want to take the fight. The Petersons are free agents and no longer with Top Rank now that their contract is over. So they are free to make a deal with Golden Boy or anyone else. And I agree with you -- it's a very good undercard fight. It's better than an Ortiz-Mabuza fight for sure.

Chris (Vancouver BC)

LETS GO YANKEES! And FYI, lots of Yankee's fans here in Montreal today! Made the trip across country for the Bute fight. Not sure it'll be a great fight, but drinking and cheering with drunk french men is an experience good enough to merit the travel.

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

Sweet.

Antonio Tarver (Miami, OK)

The fight isnt for 10 hours dammit get me that room service menu now

Luke (New Orleans)

What are the prospects on ESPN picking up Wlads defense against Chisora?

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

I know the Klitschkos are interested in ESPN doing it again. I would surprised and disappointed if ESPN didn't consider a similar arrangement for that fight as it has had for the other Klitschko fights it has done.

Kevin (Va Beach)

Did anyone else find it funny to see Tarver call another fighter out for living off a win over Roy Jones?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

I did, but at least Tarver fought a much better version of Jones. Green fought the shell of Jones.

jrfromdallas (southfork)

Clottey vs. Mora loser leaves the country?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

How about they dont fight and save us all the agony?

Jack (London)

Frank Warren said Kell Brook vs Mike Jones in febuary in the UK for the vacant WBO title. Who takes it DTM??

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

That fight is not even close to agreed to. Both guys have interim fights on top of that.

Nick (Brooklyn)

What do you think about Delray Raines as Kirklands come back opponent? Honestly I know Raines pretty well and am really worried for his safety.

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

From the Kirkland point of view, he's perfect. An experienced guy who probably will get knocked out.

Julio (Panama)

Dan-0? Any news on Juan Urango? Did Collazo oficially retire?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

No and no.

Joe (NJ)

Dan I know you have an extensive fight collection and tape most of them yourself. Have you ever used Boxingwholesale.com or boxingjunkies.com to order from. If so are they trustworthy and high quality. And no this is not product placement.

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

Don't know either site. I don't buy fights. I record stuff myself and have a group of people I trade with around the world.

psycho (LaLaLand)

seems like Tarver was doing a diet after all...the Michael Phelps 12,000 calorie a day diet

Steven (Savannah, GA)

Any word on if Chavez is going to make it to the Phillipines? My guess is "NEVER"!

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Chavez was supposed to go Thursday and, SURPRISE!!!!!, ended up not going. So he will not be there at all for this training camp.

Julio (Panama)

Dan-0-mite, Any news on floyd and his legal problems?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

No, but I did hear that now that the miners have been safely rescued in Chile, Floyd wants go down into the mine. He figures it's the best place to keep hiding from Pacquiao.

Isai (OKC)

At one point, I despised Don King, but with this Cold War between GBP and TR, I'm kinda glad to see DK pop his head back up and puts some shows together. I'm excited to see if Solis can beat a top contender like Austin.

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

It's always good and fun to have Don in the mix.

robb (amherst, ma)

dando calrissian, any word on the love child?

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. Nothing new other than his legal issues in Florida.

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

"No, but I did hear that now that the miners have been safely rescued in Chile, Floyd wants go down into the mine. He figures it's the best place to keep hiding from Pacquiao." PAY THE MAN SHIRLEY!

Jose Sulaiman (Mexico)

In honor of the upcoming United States Congressional Elections,we shall award the winners in each district a WBC Platinum Congressional Championship belt. The losers will receive a WBC Super-Platinum Congressional Championship belt. For a small sanctioning fee of course.

Mark (Mary Esther, FL)

Dan, always been a dog guy, but the family has been bugging me for a cat. I'm picking up a Siamese kitten this afternoon for my 4 year old daughter. In the tradition of Thunder and Popo, and because my wife is filipino and her and my daugher both love Manny, the name will be PACMAN

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

Nice.

Charlie (Chicago, IL)

Found it interesting that Vitali personally thought his younger brother was better. I understand people think Wlad is more athletic and punches harder, but doesn't the fact that his chin and stamina has come into question, coupled with the fact that Vitali was winning the only 2 fights he lost on the cards when they were called almost sway you to Vitali?

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

It doesn't. Wlad's chin and stamina were certainly issues. But he has not had any issues like that in five years. He has gone deep into fights plenty of times and his chin has also held up because his defense is better and he is supremely focused during his fights. If Vitali says Wlad is better who am I to argue?

Luke (New Orleans)

Top Contender Ray Austin? I hear Haye has an open challenge to the loser of Solis-Austin.

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Naturally.

Chris (Boise)

Any chance for a Cotto-Berto fight next year? I think that's a killer fight that would answer a ton of questions about both guys.

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

It's a terrific fight, but the Berto camp will have to get in reality about money if it ever happens. When there were some talks about it earlier this year the number the Berto people threw out was insane considering it was an HBO fight, not a PPV fight.

Jonathan (Atlanta)

Do you give Bika much chance if he faces Ward, he surely will do better than Green?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

Your mom would do better than Green.

Mark (Brooksville, Fla.)

Dan, If Shannon Briggs were to beat Vitali convincingly where would you put in it the greatest upsets of all time category?

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

It's way up there.

Igor (Dallas)

GO RANGERS - - - - - - Suck it Dan, still can't believe you like the Yankees, unless your fro NYC there is no excuse!!!!

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

Well yeah I am from New York, so go Yankees!

Erik (atlanta, ga)

I hate to inform you Dan but the Chilean government just tweeted that a large European boxer is stuck in the mine now. But for some reason he keeps saying he'll fight either Klitchsko.

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick (Boynton)

What was worse Hopkins/Jones 2 or Jones dressed up as Captain Hook?

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Tough call. I'd have to say the fight because I traveled cross country for that.

Darin (Silver Spring, MD)

Had you spoke at all to Andre Direll after the Abraham fight? Did he seem any different to you in terms of responsiveness or anything?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

I actually talked to him at great length a couple of weeks after the fight when we were both in Florida at the Berto-Quintana fight. He is tight with Berto and I saw him and his uncle. He seemed OK to me, but I wasn't looking for anything specific and it's not like we were spent hours and hours together, just hanging out and chatting at the hotel and the weight in a few times.

John (San Fran)

What kind of chance do you give to Nagy Aguilera to KO Tarver?

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

Aguilera is not much but the dude can bang and he's a career-long heavyweight, so it's certainly possible.

Tomer (New York, NY)

Does the rumor of Jones trying to line up a Haye fight if Haye beats Harrison have any validity at all?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

Jones supposedley wanted it but the Haye people have dismissed it. Ducker would put Jones in a coffin.

Chris (Houston)

Can Remember a decade that the yankees do not own a championship in?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

Is there one? 00s, 90s, 80s, 70s, 60s, 50, 40s, 30s, 20s. Maybe before that?

Davis (Edmonton, Canada)

Klitschko KO4 Briggs

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

Wouldn't shock me in the least.

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

Hey Dan, who wins, the shower door or the dirt bike?

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

Don't leave out Povetkin's tree root.

Tomer (New York, NY)

The Yanks won in the 80s?

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

True, they were IN the WS in the 80s but did not win one.

roc dollaz (ny)

hey danno....my cable provider doesnt carry espn3.com..i know they r showing bute and vitali on next day on ESPN but it doesnt have it listed...do u have the time of the airing...help a freak out lol

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

OK Freaks let's go over this one more time. Write it down and don't ask again. Here is the sked for this weekend: tonight at 10:15 on ESPN3.com is Bute-Brinkley, which will also include the Diaconu-Sheika undercard fight. Saturday at 5 pm ET on ESPN3.com is live Klitschko-Briggs. Saturday at 8 pm ET on ESPN Deportes is a Klitschko-Briggs replay. On Sunday at 2 pm ET on regular ESPN (the main network) is a replay of both Bute-Brinley and Klitschko-Briggs. It's a 90-minute window. I have no idea if it will extend if the fight both go the distance or if they will cut stuff. Bute-Brinkley does not have an ESPN Deportes replay scheduled. Now write that down, cut and paste this answer, tell your friends, post it in your message boards, send your texts, whatever. That is the sked. Got it?

Greg (Chicago, IL)

D-Sizzle: Now that the Hoff has been eliminated from DWTS, I am pulling for Florence Henderson to take home the prize. Who are you rooting for?

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

My wife and I like a lot of the remaining cast.

Rick (Evanston)

Otis Griffin? Can Cloud come up with a more mediocre opponent or I am being unfair?

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

You are being extremely unfair. Keep a few things in mind: He will take less than his minimum purse to stay active. It's an undercard fight. There is no TV money at this point. So the money to put on the show is limited and Don King has to pay Cloud and get an opponent willing to fight under similar less-than-optimum financial conditions. So to me, for Cloud to at least remain active, it's a reasonable fight. Do I love it? No. But I get it.

Anthony (Houston)

Just curious, did ESPN produce Wlad's intro for the Peter fight? Any chance we see anything 1/2 as cool for Vitali?

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

No, that was all done by RTL, the German network that the Klitschkos are contracted to.

Julio (Panama)

Any chance ODLH comes back and has one last fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

He says he is done. I have always thought he would come out of retirement and take another fight. Who knows?

robb (amherst, ma)

any word on american tv for canelo's next fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

Not yet, but Richard Schaefer has told me multiple times it will have American TV of some kind.

Sir King Aurthur Wallace III (England)

Do you like tomatoes? Just wondering.

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

These are my readers.

Gerardo (AZ)

Dan, I can't wait for February to see Donaire Vs. Montiel!! One of the best 5 fights you can make in all of boxing, IMO. Do you see any roadblocks, other than Donaire's interim bout?

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

I don't unless for some reason Montiel's injury turns out to be more serious than anyone is saying. But with HBO committed to the fight, both fighters wanting it and Top Rank having made a deal with the network, I tend to think it will be OK. Unless Donaire loses or gets hurt.

marqus (ypsilanti)

pirog vs cotto any truth to that?

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

Zilch.

Danny K. (GA)

Dan, I just saw the Tarver/Nagy weigh-in pictures. Did somebody photoshop Tarver's head on to James Toney's body?

Jerry (Idaho)

I have a friend who claims that Margarito is taking 7 million to not hurt Pacquiao and to just spar with him. Is it possible? He said he has a source from Top Rank.

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

Your friend is a moron.

al (denver)

do you think johnny tapia is a hall of famer? and if so, do you think he lives to be inducted?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

I do think he probably is. I hope he does.

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

Hold up, Freaks. Bat phone.

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

That was Larry Merchant checking in.

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

For those intersted, Larry ran down his schedule for the rest of the year. He is not doing the Pacquiao-Margarito PPV. Max will handle that. Max will also be on Martinez-Williams 2. Larry said he is assigned to the Marquez-Katsidis and Khan-Maidana shows.

Cole (Payson, UT)

Is Larry following the chat or did he just call to say hello?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

Larry checks out the transcripts, not the live chat. He was just calling to check in.

Steve (Denver)

Did a presentation in my Sports Management class on how the sanctioning organizations have hurt boxing. My teacher is going to flunk anyone that brings up Jose Saluaiman's name from now on!

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

Love it. But what if the person who brings up the President For Life's name offers your teacher a small sanctioning fee?

Doug (Campbell River, BC)

Where do you rank Montreal in terms of fight cities?

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

Way up there. Great fans. Loyal fans.

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

Freaks, for those writing in and telling me your cable guides list poker on Sunday instead of boxing, it is a mistake. There will be the replay at 2 pm ET. My guide has been saying that all week and this morning it finally changed to boxing.

GUTZ pounder (Worcester)

What are your thoughts on the nov 5 SHowbox Main event with Rodriguez V McGirt?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

Good step up fight for Rodriguez. And a chance for McGirt to show he has a bit of a future.

Tom E (Jersey City, NJ)

For Larry when he checks out the transcript - You're the man.

eddie (mpls)

those times eastern, dan? JK.

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

Yes.

The (BBC)

I heard that Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe were staring in the new UK version of Whose Line is it Anyway?

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

For those wondering, the exact weights are in from Germany courtesy of the Bat Email: Vitali Klitschko 251 pounds (114 kilos!!!) and Briggs 262.5 (119 kilos).

Jordan (Newfoundland, Canada)

Hey Dan, don't show that pic at the top of the Notebook to Ross Greenburg, he will never get the brothers straight after that!

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

LOL!!!!!!!!! That is a great shot of the Klitschkos.

Eric P (Saratoga Springs)

What are your initial thoughts on Victor Ortiz-Lamont Peterson?

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

Good, even fight. Really like it.

Silver Warrior (niskayuna)

I just saw that Valuev's poop is stuck in the Chilean mineshaft.

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

Thank you for your amazing comment.

Steve (NYC)

The heavy weight champion of the world has no place on HBO but Berto- Hernandez does?

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

Apparently. The crazy thing is HBO is going to blow $1.2 millionish on that Berto crap and could have bought the rights to four or five Klitschko fights from Germany for the same prince.

Isai (OKC)

Will BK be doing the commentating for the fights today and tomorrow?

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

Good question. I am not sure who is doing the announcing for the ESPN3 fights. It won't be Teddy because he is in Russia with Povetkin.

Tony (NYC)

Why havent we seen Pawel Wolak fight in a while?

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

He fought in June. It hasn't been that long.

Edju (Salisbury, MA)

What DVDs in your collection do you currently have stored backwards to find more easily?

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

Somsak-Monshipour is one.

Mark (Brooksville, Fla.)

Dan, With the return of ESPN2's FNFs only a couple of months away I'm curious if your role next season will change from the occasional in-studio appearence to something bigger? And will there be any other changes you can share?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

I have not heard anything specific about what's in store for next season on FNF. This is the time of year when those in charge of such things figure it all out. I would expect to back on the show in some capacity next year, obviously, but exacly how at this point has not been presented to me.

Mark (Brooksville, Fla.)

Dan, With Julio C.C. Jr not traveling to the Phillipines is he going to get bounced by Freddie?

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

Don't know but I doubt it.

Steve (Sac,Ca)

Dano, when do you think they'll announce Ward/Bika as official?

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

I expect it any time. I am being told it will not be an actual tournament fight, however.

Bobby (Nebraska)

Your reporting of Clottey?s earnings for the Pacquaio fight was enlightening. Never has one boxer earned so much for doing so little.

Marc (Potter, WI)

Is Chris Byrd permanently retired, and what does he do now?

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

My understanding is that, yes, Chris is retired. I am not sure what he is doing exactly but I am told he and his family moved from Las Vegas to San Diego.

JB (Toronto)

A) Danny Garcia is really improving.B) Mike Arnaoutis is completely shot.C) A little bit of both.

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

C

DanielSam (Calgary)

Dan please I know you are the boss of all bosses please tell someone to get us espn3 in Canada or you'll quit

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

I feel your pain, but I ain't quitting over that bruh.

Julio (Panama)

Dan-O, Any idea when Yuri foreman will be ready to fight again? After the Cotto fight Arum mentioned a Duddy fight at yankee stadium..Cheers

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Yuri, whose manager passed away the other night, returned to the gym to shadowbox and jump rope for the first time on Monday. When I spoke to him the other night about his manager, I asked him how it went in the gym. He said he was sore, but his knee was feeling better. I know Top Rank is targeting February for his return.

Aaron (MA)

read that Arreola is supposedly headliining FNF on January 7th. if so, any idea who he might be facing?

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

Arreola might be on ESPN2 in January, but even if he is, he is not on Jan. 7. Whoever reported that was just freakin wrong. At this point, Arreola's people and ESPN are discussing opponents but nothing has been agreed to.

John Ruiz ((Retirement))

"Never has one boxer earned so much for doing so little." How soon they forget me.....

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

Do you know of any way to burn the ESPN3 telecast onto a dvd?

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

Not a clue.

Vinny (Glendale CA)

When will Vanes fight again?

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

Top Rank is talking about a Top Rank Live card on Dec. 18 from Glendale with Vanes in the main event.

Brooks (Cleveland)

To Ross Greenburg - I would like to offer my services as a consultant to HBO boxing free of charge. My qualifications are as follows - boxing fan, HBO subscriber, and I don't have a relationship with any promoter/manager/adviser/fighter so I won't make bad decisions because of said relationships. Also - the whole business/budgeting/$ side of things is no big deal - that is my background and I'm plenty qualified in that area. It's not rocket science, I'll get your ratings up. Also, to the best of my knowledge Al Haymon doesn't have incriminating photos of me of any kind.

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

Interesting.

Bryce (ND)

Any word where they will be having the Bradley Alexander fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

TBA. Several sites under discussion.

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

Ok, Freaks, I got a little info from Bristol for you from the Bat Email. Several of you wrote in asking who was handling the announcing duties for the ESPN3.com fights this weekend. Well here you go: For Bute-Brinkley, Kevin Connors will handle blow-by-blow and Sergio Mora is doing the analysis. For Klitschko-Briggs, it's Jon Anik with BJ Flores.

Bronk (Dillsburg, PA)

How are you going to squeeze in the ESPN3 Brinkley-Bute, Showtime Tarver fight, and the Yanks game 1 lose to the Rangers tonight? What's your gameplan for this evenings activity?

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

I will start with the Yanks at 8 and watch the game. I will bust out my laptop and hit ESPN3.com at 10:15 from the couch and watch the fights while also tracking the game. I will be recording the ShoBox card and watch it when the rest is over.

Pancracious Willoughby (West Newbury, Massachusetts)

any word on Billy Dib/s next fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

Seriously?

Roberto (San Juan, PR)

who do you think will win, WV2 vs. Hernandez on saturday? and by what way?

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

I think Vazquez stops him. Hernandez is experienced but he's been wiped out in two previous 122 title bouts and he's not getting any better. Vazquez has improved a lot in recent fights. I think he smoke Hernandez.

John (Phoenix)

To put Joshua Clottey's income in prospective. In 2008 average income in Ghana was $1,500. In 2008 the US average income was $47,000. That would mean that $3,000,000 here in the US would equate to making $94,000,000 in Ghana. WOW!

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

Thanks, John, the official economic consultant of the Freak Chat.

Justin (Seattle)

Why is Mora doing analysis? Won't he just run away?

Bronk (Dillsburg, PA)

What's worse? Berto making $1 million plus for fighting Hernandez, Clottey making almost $3 million for his performance vs. Pac Man, or AJ Burnett's current contract with the Yanks?

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

Burnett's contract by far. But at least with Clottey he earned his money because the ppv sold extremely well, even if Pacquiao was the reason. You need two guys to fight. Berto's pay is not based on anything other than the whim of HBO.

Brian (Newport Beach)

Can you remember a tougher year you had picking a fighter of the year, fight of the year, round of the year, etc? The pickings are pretty slim so far.

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

I was actually thinkng about that literally last night. Hopefully, with the packed fall we will get some more candidates.

dan (england)

will we be seeing a chisora vs harrison world heavyweight title unification bout some time next year

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

No chance.

Daniel (SF)

Is the broadcast of the Klitschko-Briggs fight only the one fight? ESPN3 isn't planning to show the Ustinov or Afolabi fights from the undercard, are they?

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

No, one fight.

Eric P (Saratoga Springs)

Sergio Mora is actually pretty good doing color

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

Agreed. I have seen him on a few tape delayed cards that TKO promoted and he was pretty good.

Devale (Chicago)

How awesome is espn3.com?

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

Awesome.

Rob (Denton, Tx)

Dan, i really didnt like your comment about the Rangers on your tweet. I am saying Rangers in 6. How bout if the Rangers win, you have to buy a Rangers shirt when you come to town next month.

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

How about no?

Craig (Detroit)

DTM - thanks for the huge notebook today. It was filled with so much info, I had to alt-Tab 3 to 4 times while I was reading it at work.

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

That's what I am here for.

Berndawg (CHI)

Not sure if he makes Solo Boxeo broadcast tonite but Randy Caballero is an excellent young prospect that GBP has. Enjoy Freaks!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

Caballero is supposed to be a swing fight, so he could make air if the main event and Gomez-Montano go short.

Charles (DFW)

I went to a beach party this weekend and saw David Haye doing the limbo. Of course, he kept getting penalized for ducking under the bar.

Brian (Toronto)

Any idea where the Hopkins/Pascal presser is taking place in Toronto ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

At the Air Canada Centre.

Charles (DFW)

Awesome of Showtime to put Hopkins-Pascal on cable. To be honest, I probably wouldn?t have paid for the PPV unless I went to a sports bar.

Nick (Staten Island)

Yo CC Danbathia - whatever happened to Ronald Hearns? He seemed to be doing real well for a while, had one loss then disspeared?

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

Love the nickname! If you would check the ESPN.com boxing schedule that update daily you would know the answer, which is that he fights tonight off tv on the Tarver-Aguilera card against Robert Kliewer in an 8-rounder.

gio (Nj)

Dan - Ray Mercer HOF?

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

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Patrick (Boynton)

Love the picture on the homepage of Vitali entering the ring over the top rope. Reminds me of Andre the Giant (aka the best supporting actor of 1987)

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

Exactly what I thought of.

Raul Jr. (Everett, WA)

You can burn the ESPN3 telecast by plugging the PC jack into your flat screen. It will show up from your PC on to your TV, then record it from your TV live. Which I plan on doing.

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

Interesting. How does it come out?

Ryan (Baltimore, MD)

Hey, got my tix for Williams-Martinez 2. Any word on the undercard?

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

Being worked on. There is one name who could be a cool surprise on there that you know in due time.

Devale (Chicago)

Why do i keep reading about whether or not Mike Tyson is going in the HOF first time out? This is crazy to me, Mike Tyson is a first ballot HOF or the boxing HOF is a joke.

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

Agreed.

John (Grand Rapids)

Not sure if either will make the broadcast but Seth Mitchell and Deontay Wilder were/are going to fight tonight as well on TeleVisioMundioSpanish something Solo Boxeo.

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

Neither are slated for broadcast.

Richard (Houston)

Boss. Can you give props to my Girlfriend for getting me 2 ringside tickets to Pac v Cheato in Dallas as an anniversary gift, then telling me I should take one of my buddies. It's love dude.

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

That rules. She can be an honorary Freak.

JP (L.A, CA.)

Erik "Danrrible" Morales, 22 years ago today, Kirk Gibson hit a walk-off home run to beat the A's in game 1 of the 1988 World Series. I still get chills listening to Vin Scully say nothing and letting up enjoy the moment. Hopefully Donnie Baseball can bring some of that Yankee magic to L.A.

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

I remember it VIVIDLY. I was a college freshman and in my dorm room watching the game with my roommate and my best friend. The three of us were going crazy. I'll never forget it. That it was 22 years ago makes me feel freakin old.

Will D (Cumberland, RI)

BTW... I've watched that Prince Naseem Halloween ring entrance a few times on YouTube since you mentioned it a couple chats ago. It's ridiculous and awesome at the same time.

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

Exactly -- ridiculous and cool. I was there. That was the first HBO fight I ever covered.

jcs (winnipeg, can)

I wish we could have seen Prince Naseem fight a few more times. In your opinion, was he just mentally done with boxing after getting scorched by Barrera?

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

I think it was part that and also that he had made so much freakin money he lost his hunger to fight.

Matt (KC)

Although the smack talk between Froch adn Abraham is not the best, I think the fight has a chance to be a real slugfest and possbile fight of the year candidate. Agree?

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

I agree. On paper, I think it's the best of the round-robin part of the Super Six.

James (Lexington)

Kudos to Showtime for making Hopkins-Pascal a free telecast for the freaks!

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

Ditto. I think all the Freaks dig it.

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

The undercard weigh-in in Germany is also over. One notable undercard fight weights: Ola Afolabi 205 vs. Sandro Siproshvili 198.5.

Cody (Minneapolis)

Why does everyone act like Hamed got obliterated by Barrera? The way everyone talks you'd have thought that the final scores were 120-102 for Barrera

Dan Rafael
  (1:59 PM)

Dude, I was there. I remember it well. He lost lopsided. Even if he won a few later rounds, he was never in the fight and it was going to take a big bomb for him to win. Barrera toyed with him and made him look like a rank amateur in a fight that Hamed was supposed to win in crushing fashion.

Eric P (Saratoga Springs)

I'm planning on making the trip to Montreal for Pascal-Hopkins...especially if Paulie is on the card. Will you be there? Such a great city, especially on fight night.

Dan Rafael
  (1:59 PM)

I hope you are not in Montreal, since the fight is in Quebec City.

Justin (Seattle)

In Boxing HOF voting, do they release vote totals? I cannot believe there are people who would not think JCC, Sr. is NOT an easy first ballot guy. It almost seems ridiculous to think it needs to be voted on.

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

They don't release the totals as far as I know. I have my blank ballot sitting here on my desk. I think I will go through everything carefully this weekend and make my picks and send that bad boy back to the HOF.

Jake (England)

Does Prince Naz get in the HOF??

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

I don't know, but I will again vote for him.

Eric P (Saratoga Springs)

WHAT! Jesus, I need to cancel my room. I thought it was at the Bell Centre. Okay, looks like I'm driving six hours north then

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

Somebody needs to check the schedule and read the stories. I shouldn't have told you. I think it would have been absolutely hilarious for you to come on the chat a week after the fight complaining about you drove to the wrong freakin' city.

robb (amherst, ma)

dtm, are we gonna get an HOF vote article? i.e. who you voted for and details?

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

In the immportant words of our favorite former broadcast hero: Definitely. Absolutely.

Christopher (Chula Vista)

Both Kltchkos in the HOF?

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

At this point, yes. Dominant heavyweight champions make the HOF.

darryl p (indianapolis)

buy r sel.l zab gets a big name at 140? in 2011?

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

Buy all day long.

carl raleigh nc [via mobile]

what s good dan both in their primes who wins sugar ray leonard or the hawk aaron pryor

Dan Rafael
  (2:04 PM)

SRL all the way.

Patrick (Boynton)

DTM, don't forget that the only reason Prince was even within 3 points of Barrera was because Marco had a point deducted for slamming the Prince's head into a turnbuckle. Four point victory in boxing is a pretty sound whoopin in my book.

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

And the cards were too close in my opinion. Even after the fight at the press conference, Hamed was actually humble and admitted Barrera handled him.

Jaime (MX)

Hi Danilo, where do you place Finito Lopez all time? No one never mentioned but he was amazing, great records... Thanks

Dan Rafael
  (2:06 PM)

We've discussed him plenty of times. Regular Fight Freaks no he is one of my all-time favorites. Love him so much I had the honor to write his HOF program profile when he went in a few years ago. One of the greatest small men ever.

Moses (Arizona)

Will we ever get the opportunity of seeing Paul Williams in a Welterweight championship fight??

Dan Rafael
  (2:06 PM)

No.

Jonathan (Atlanta)

Dan, does it crack you up that every week people post you questions down in the comments section? Its not that complicated people.

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

They're a little slow.

Roy (Reno)

Any news at all on Pirog? His KO of Jacobs really got me wanting to see more.

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

Won't be back until next year.

Chris (Boise)

I'm still giddy about that Ray Mercer HOF question.

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

I think Bing might have been the one who asked it.

Adam (DuPage)

Update on the cruiserweight super six?

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

Has not been formally announced yet, but it's supposed to start Dec. 18 with a Huck fight. I would expect a formal announcement in the next week or two.

NYPD Blue (Brooklyn)

Will Briggs have an asthma attack when he realizes just what he has gotten himself into on Saturday?

Dan Rafael
  (2:11 PM)

Good question.

Dan Rafael
  (2:12 PM)

OK Freaks, thanks for chatting today. Hope you read all the stuff from this week, and there's a lot. And enjoy the ESPN.com fights tonight and tomorrow and the ESPN replay. Should be fun. Talk to you next week.