Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to our boxing chat. There's a new notebook up, news stories and a blog on Tyson, plus updated rankings and schedule, so check it out and we can talk about it all. And we have a nice FNF card tonight with Manfredo-Edouard as well on ESPN2. So let's get to it.
Dan Amir Khan told the BBC that Paul McCloskey is a possibility of being his next opponent, any idea how seriously he is being considered?
I do not believe it is a legitimate possibility because I do not believe HBO will approve that fight. He is an unknown fighter in America and, frankly, not a legitimate top 10 opponent.
Dan,Do you know what the purses are or might be for Martinez Dzinzurik?
The deals aren't done yet but the Dzinziruk side is supposed to be getting $850,000, so he will get the bulk of that once he finishes his deal with his promoters. Martinez will get low seven-figures.
Any word on what's next for Berto? Been following his career for years, as he is from my hometown, and am ready to see him take on a big name.
Nothing close to being done. There's been some talk about a Cintron fight, but that ain't happening as far as I know. HBO doesn't want that fight. I think a possibility could be Victor Ortiz, who is struggling to make 140. That's a good fight and one HBO would probably accept.
what's your take on the report out yesterday only 339 tickets have sold for Bradley-Alexander?
I have no way of verifying that but it wouldn't surprise me if the sales were in the dumper because, while it is obviously a great fight, it means nothing whatsoever in the outskirts of Detroit. And even hardcore fans who might consider traveling to the fight-- do they want to go to Michigan in late January? It's going to be cold and there's not much to do out in Pontiac anyway. I'm going to cover it but I would have much preferred it be somewhere else.
Are the Berto vs Ortiz talks legit? Rumor is HBO low balled on their offer. I think it's an interesting fight... at least Berto will be fighting a live dog.
It's in its infancy. As for an offer, I doubt it's gotten that far yet.
Did you see Lights out on FX?
Haven't watched it yet. I have the premier ep on the DVR.
Any news on Margarito- Cotto at the New Meadowlands?
If the fight happens it will likely be in Vegas in June.
$25k seems relatively weak for a title fight. You think Mabuza is getting a cut of the gate or TV $ on top of that...like Judah will?
He's getting $25,000 because that's his share of the winning purse bid. He gets nothing else other than his plane ticket and a hotel room.
Are their any friday night fights tonight?
Yes, from Key West. It's Peter Manfredo Jr. vs. Daniel Edouard in the main event and Edwin Rodriguez, one of the best prospects in boxing, against Aaron Pryor Jr. in the super middle co-feature.
with cotto and andy lee fighting on march 12. cotto in vegas and lee in ny possibly for the martinez undercard. in which corner will manny steward be in on that night?
Manny will train Lee for the fight but be in Cotto's corner in Vegas.
Great to see you on Sky Ringside last night. Whats the chances of Kell Brook vs Mike Jones later on the year? Would one of the networks buy that if it was in the US?
I think it's possible. If it comes off I think a US network would pick it up. Would be a tremendous HBO or Showtime undercard fight.
I'm surprised FNF didn't pick Judah vs Mabuza. Any idea on why they didn't?
ESPN and Main Events discussed and, from what I am told, ESPN offered a premium over the usual FNF fees but not enough to satsify Main Events. So Main Events will put it on PPV, but ESPN did try.
Do you think Pryor gives Edwin a good fight tonight? What do you think happens in the main event?
I think Rodriguez wins fairly easily and I think Manfredo wins a decision.
Hey Dan, Dolphil Promotions in Ireland are claiming Rigondeaux-Casey will be shown on ESPN, any truth to that?
Not the American version of ESPN.
Any word on who Pascal will face next?
Still working that out. Either a rematch with BHop or Dawson. It'll depend on what HBO offers for the rematch with Dawson.
Any word on the JMM/Morales talks?? Any closer to a deal?
Still negotiating it.
Dan, what are the chances that a Klitschko-Haye fight lands in the US? Is there enough revenue from the casinos to outdo England or German soccer stadiums?
If that fight ever happens I would be surprised if it is in the US. So much bigger of an event in the UK or Germany.
How sad is it that the IBO is stripping titles?
Who gives a crap?
Greetings from the rainy Pacific Northwest, would love to hear some Ricky Hatton news if you have any.
There is no news. We were both guests in Ringside yesterday and we chatted briefly during rehersal, but I think he's done boxing.
Dan, I have been waiting for your Tyson blog ever since you mentioned it in your tweet, initially, you wrote part of it in one of your earlier blogs and I thought that was all you would write and suddenly the whole conversation just popped up from nowhere yesterday, just wanna tell you I enjoyed reading it a lot. Newbie's question for this week is, being a Newbie that I am, I often read that RJJ could have fought better guys in the 90s but he did fight Toney, Virgin Hill and Griffin, just to name a few and I was just wondering who were the other better guys that RJJ could have fought at supper middle weight and light heavy weight in his hey days.
Thanks. I had the Tyson notes for the past few weeks but was so busy I hadn't had a chance to write the column until this week. Glad you liked it. Mike is always interesting to talk to. Some of the names folks would have liked to see Jones fight were Hill when he was younger, Steve Collins, Eubank, Michalczewski or Nigel Benn to name a few.
Do I need a AARP card to watch the Holyfield fight PPV?
No, but you may need a barf bag.
Have you heard anything about Ballroom Boxing's 2011 schedule in Glen Burnie?
Have not seen the sked yet.
dan please tell cotto/mayorga isnt really happenin, at the risk of banishment what exactly does cotto have to gain fom this?
It's happening for sure. Media tour is next week and tix go on sale Monday. It's an "in between" fight for Cotto before a Margarito rematch. Whatr he has to gain? A win and a seven-figure payday.
Of the three options for Khan that you mentioned in the notebook; Murray, Prescott and Matthyse, which do you like best if the Peterson fight doesn't happen?
My preference is the rematch with Prescott, although a fight with Matthysse would be a good fight.
Like all my fellow Brits I loved seeing you on Ringside Dan, long may it continue! I was just wondering where your segment was filmed?
Thanks. Those guys are great to work with. I went to a studio in Washington DC, about 23 miles from my house. It's right next to the US Capitol building. And I a GREAT parking space!
When you see a purse, what % does a fighter actually get?
All depends on their deals with management, trainer and if they decide to pay their taxes.
dan, just wanted to say great article and interview with iron mike. I really liked how mike tought of cus as a father figure and the picture of his first fight walking to the ring with him...really touching
Thanks. Mike got emotional and really choked up when we were talking about that.
Why do have Pascal over Hopkins in your rankings?
Because Pascal remains the champion.
Dan! Great to see you on Ringside. As a brit living in the US I often read www.skysports.com, and was happy to see a link to your video segment flash up on the homepage. Good to not have to go digging for it!
You need to come on Unsportsmanlike Conduct in Omaha more often. You fighting with Damon about Pacquiao was awesome.
LOL. We had good fun debating the issue. I go on their show whenever they call.
With respect Dan, Mcloskey is a legitimate opponent for Khan. Just because the Americans don't know who he is not a proper excuse. He is European Champion and has name recognition in the UK and Ireland.
I know that but the opponent is going to depend on HBO approval too. McCloskey has zero name recognition and no big wins.
Why not Khan/Guerrero. Guerrero to me still has a lot to prove.
Guerrero would love that fight. I wouldn't mind seeing that at all.
Great seeing you on Ringside last night Dandalay Bay, I know a lot of the UK freaks hope you get a regular spot. I think Adam Smith is head of boxing at Sky now, did you ask him why Sky wouldnt move a Khan fight (especially if hes lining up McCloskey) to allow an April date for Haye and Wladmir? If so what did he say?
I will be appearing regularly this season (although not necessarily every week). I haven't had a chance to talk to Adam and ask him about that yet.
Dan, why did HBO choose to showcase a Martinez fight against someone noone has heard of, instead of showcasing Cotto vs Mayorga, which will be a high action fight and will actually draw a crowd
HBO wants to do Martinez fights and I don't blame them. He's coming off the KO of the year and being fighter of the year. I think they would also love to do keep doing Cotto fights but they had to make a decision as they weren't doing both in the same night. I wish it could have worked where they weren't on the same night. I also don't think HBO was interested in a re-tread like Mayorga, who has done squat for years.
Assuming Sergio Martinez gets past Dzinziruk, have there been talks of matching him with Pirog next, assuming Pirog wins his first defense?
That's a fight HBO would embrace. However, it could be tough to do because Martinez doesn't want to fight for the WBO (the title Pirog has) because he is upset the WBO stripped him.
Is Sulaiman the hardest person in boxing to get a straight answer from? He literally told me he got rid of the "interim belt" because it was bad for boxing. AND REPLACED IT WITH THE SILVER BELT!!!
Nothing Jose (or Mendoza Jr, for that matter) can be taken seriously. They talk out of both sides of their mouth.
After announcing the rest of the card, they should just call Holyfield?s PPV ?The Walking Dead.?
It is an absolutely horrific card with no one fight I have any remote interest in. It's disgusting.
Dan if Cotto fights Margarito in June I will disagree with you in location it will be in NYC because it will be on Puerto Rican Day Weekend.
No it won't bossman. MSG is not available due to rennovations and the Meadowlands thing ain't happening. Vegas. Capiche?
twitter Dan & tv Dan are very different people!
There's also reporting Dan, family Dan and playing with my cats Dan. Maybe I have split personalities?
So you base your rankings on titles you suposedly don't recognize?
Pascal is THE champ, no belt necessary. He's the lineal champion.
If HBO approves Mcloskey, we have found our new Andre Berto and his name is Amir Khan.
Dan, you know that im a longtime freak and usually agree with 99% of what you say and write - but dude, are you serious with that article about Christy Martin - you should be ripping them for this joke - a 42 yr old washed up woman fighter?! Cmon Dan! If you're going to actually support this dreck, then you should no longer be vocal against Holyfield for continuing to fight - even he at 50 years old has more credibility to put on a card than Martin!
First off, I wrote a straight news piece about the fact that she is coming back to be on that card as well as what the rest of the show is. You and most of the Freaks need to understand the difference between a news story/notebook and a column/blog opinion piece.
Maidana vs Kotelink 2. Buy or sell?
Sell. Don't see it.
Did you see Gilbercito's response to you? "All fans want me to answer Dan but I feel any answer will be wrong our principles are always overlooked because of unpopular decisions.." Maybe any answer will be wrong because they are WRONG!!!!!!!
Exactly. Gilberto's Twitter responses are ridiculous. He has zero credibility. I swear on my life, my house, all my boxing posters that a few years ago when I was in Puerto Rico covering a Cotto fight I met with Gilberto Jr. and we had a drink together. And we spent a couple of hours discussing boxing and different stuff about the politics and sanctioning bodies. And that was right around the time the WBA had started its "super champion" crap. He told me to my face he didn't support it and was going to try to get his father to get rid of it.
Any site in play for the Gamboa, 3/26 date? Thanks
Top Rank had a deal with the Hard Rock in Hollywood, Fla., but the folks there that put on the Heavyweight Factory shows (the boss is one of the high level guys in the tribe) put the kibbosh on it because Top Rank wouldn't (COULDN'T) guarantee that Brad Solomon, one of the guy's fighters, would be in the HBO opener. So good bye site. Short-sited move, because even if the kid wasn't on the co-feature maybe Top Rank could have gotten HBO to show clips. On top of that does it hurt to have the kid seen by the media covering the show and the HBO execs who will be there? Just dumb. It's too bad because the Hard Rock arena is one of the best venues for boxing in America as far as I am concerned.
Who is David Haye going to fight next?
No a Klitschko.
Has WBA's Gilberto answered your question yet?
Tarver seems about the right age for a David Haye opponent!
Bite your tongue. Hard.
What a joke. McCloskey is an unbeaten current European champ and Prescott is a one punch pub brawler who has lost 2 of his last 4 against a couple of stiffs. How is Prescott more legit!?
Ummmm because he stiffened Khan?
You see everyone, Dan didn't swear on his VHS/DVD collection, his wife or his cats. I think we can all see who is in the right here.
I swear on them too.
any idea when cotto/mayorga tickets will go on sale and what kind of prices were looking at
Tix are $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50. Go on sale Monday at 1 pm ET/10 am PT
MMA Minute = Boxing Fan Beer Run
Dan, I enjoyed the interview with Wladimir. For a US writer, you?ve given them some well-deserved coverage. I only hope that one day you can fly to Germany to see them fight in person. I think it would be an entertaining experience for you.
If he fights Haye there, I'm there dude.
Dan, Why wouldnt Main Events take ESPN's offer for Judah/Mabuza? I mean realistically, does Judah/Mabuza do even 5000 buys?
They made a business decision. If they took ESPN's offer they also have to give up certain international rights and a lot of the control of ht event. There is a lot more that goes into the decision than strictly the dollar offer.
Montiel vs Donaire are you exicited like I am for this fight? I think it's one of the most looked over fights by fans so far this year.
It's not overlooked at all. They just had the press conferences for it this week and they got a lot of attention and coverage. It's a great matchup on paper and I am psyched for it.
Hey Dan, do you have any idea if HBO has set a deadline for when they will decide how much, if anything, they are willing to pay for Pascal v Dawson?
My understanding it that the deadline is in mid-February.
Add me to the list of Freaks who'd rather watch Cotto-Mayorga than Martinez against what's his name.
So you can buy the PPV.
Is the Canelo fight set? Where/when/opponent?
He fights March 5 in Anaheim, but the opponent has not been signed yet.
Man, you sure got that Wlad Klitchko wiled up when vacationing in Hawaii...great article though, seems like he is really irked about the whole Haye thing.
Wlad is annoyed, but he also knows he has lucrative options and that if he did retire without ever fighting Haye it would not negatively impact his legacy because he has fought everyone. Haye can't say the same thing.
By the way -- here's the link to my Sky Ringside appearance: http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12184_6663131,00.html
Who's fans are more boxing passionate...USA or Euro?
Overall, defintely in Europe.
Whats up with my boy Rafael Marquez? Will he back anytime soon?
Still out with the shoulder injury. I wouldn't expect him back probably until at least the fall.
Price of the Cotto-Mayorga PPV?
any idea why showtime doesn't show their fights on demand like HBO does? Been trying to catch that Hopkins-Pascal fight for weeks now
Showtime does put fights on demand, although I have not checked mine lately for that specific fight.
If HBO makes another series of Legendary Nights episodes, which fights would you like to see covered? Besides some of the more obvious ones like Ward-Gatti.
We've discussed this in the chats many times. There are some great ones. Morales-Barrera trilogy, Lewis-Klitschko, Hopkins-Trinidad, Pacquiao-Oscar, Lewis-Rahman 1 and 2. There are so many. They don't have to be great fights mind you, but also great stories.
Dan, I have long admired and followed your Boxing reporting. I'm curious to know why Kelly Pavlik's alcohol issues were not reported on until after he was in rehab? And I'm not talking about the tabloid mentality but a legitimate news story. If his drinking was affecting his ability to fight and that in turn affected the sport was that not news worthy. I'm am a huge Pavlik fan and I'm excited that he'll be returning to the ring w/o some of his demons holding him back. I just wanted to hear your take on why the story wasn't reported sooner?
Simple: Nobody would say it for the record or even agree to be an anonymous source. I tried. Believe me. His drinking was not a secret. But when you give your word to people in the camp that it won't be written if they speak to you off the record you're supposed to keep your word. All you have in this business is your reputation and I kept my word. When they finally agreed to talk about it, it was written.
Surely if Wlad retires without fighting Haye he will always be asked why he didn't fight the most destructive heavyweight out there besides his brother.
LOL. Klitschko is the champ and has been a dominant one for the past five years and has fought everyone. He doesn't need the Ducker to have a legacy. At least he has one. Ducker's legacy is as a good cruiserweight champion, but as a heavyweight he has none.
Do you know when sergio mora will fight again, and who's his next victim?
Somebody needs to check the espn.com boxing schedule.
Again with the crazy british fight fans this week? Can we give it a rest for a while?
This week? They're always like that.
Hey Dan, great to see you on Ringside and great advice to go to eBay for Gatti-Ward. Got the "Trilogy" for only GBP;5!! Q. When you appear on a show like Ringside are you free to say whatever you want on the topics they bring up, or are you given guidelines?
I know the general topics we will cover but nobody tells me what to say. If they tried to do that I would simply not do the show.
Dantastic Four, do you think Wladimir Klitschko is systematically eliminating all of Haye's options at heavyweight? Wlad is taking on Chisora, whom Haye would have fought because "it's a big UK fight", then taking on Adamek, which would have been another huge payday. So, in essence, do you think Wlad may be cornering Haye into a fight?
You could look at it that way maybe but I think the most important thing is that Wlad is doing his thing. If Ducker comes back to the table great. But Wlad will go and do his thing. Ducker needs Wlad more than Wlad needs Ducker but Ducker doesn't quite get that yet.
Dan, any word on the inactivity of ultra-exciting prospect Omar Henry? Does have an injury or promotional problems?
He and TR and his management I believe are having problems. Omar thinks he's a star when he is nothing more than an interesting prospect at this point. He's a bit ahead of himself and he's the only one he's hurting. 99.9999 percent of the people on earth never heard of him and don't care. It's up to him to fight get in reality.
Juanma's fight on April 16th almost finalized? Also, will Showtime broadcast two fights? Thanks
That's his date but no opponent is set. They are kicking around names. It is supposed to be a doubleheader with Mike Alvarado possibly being in the opener if he can keep his rear end out of jail.
Any word on if el Perro has resolved el problema de immigracion?
I notice Ducker Haye is back to bragging about his *cruiserweight* career lately: kind of says it all about him as a heavyweight.
Hi Dan, what's your opinion on last week's Herrera/Provodnikov fight?
Good fight and I thought Provodnikov won the fight.
Do you think the humble former-homeless Peterson who didn't even ask about money before saying yes to fighting Victor Ortiz really demanded sooo much money from Khan, or is Khan on a high horse and trying to pay his opponents crap? Seems to be a trend that Khan's opponents are always "asking for too much money"
Peterson deserves to make a reasonable payday. He took short money for Ortiz. There is way more money in the pot for a Khan fight. From what I heard he was offered, which was a joke, he was right to turn it down.
A lot of the 'crazy British fans' are like that because the majority of our mainstream media make out that Klitschko is avoiding Haye. When I tell my friends how Haye is ducking Klitschko there all blinded saying its Wladimir's fault. Do you think Adam Booth has a lot to blame for this, a lot of promoters have commented that Booth is one of the the most difficult people to do negotiations with?
Put it this way -- as a manager, Adam is a helluva trainer.
Your Twitter posts are hilarious. Shame on the WBA and WBC for never giving an answer to your questions. Perhaps you should offer to pay a small sanctioning fee....
I actually did that this morning!
I'm really excited to see Edwin Rodriguez tonight on FNF. How long until he's ready to take on some big names in the division? Is it in the years or months category?
I think with a good showing in 2011 he might be ready for a big time opponent next year.
Hey Dan March 12 wich fight you going to ,vegas for cotto or foxwood For martinez?
What are your feelings on Tarver vs Toney? I feel they should both hang them up but if they are both going to continue I think everything but the fight would be pretty entertaining....
If they want to fight each other have it. I mean I don't love the fight and don't have any real interest and would hate to see a network waste good money on it but why not? At least they're in the same age bracket.
Is the Alexander/Bradley at the top of your list of awful locations for fights? It might be worse than Paul Williams always fighting in California or that dreadful suburban Chicago location for a big fight a few years back.
It's pretty bad.
Is HBO planning to show Duddy vs Lee? I think that is going to be an awesome awesome fight.
Yes, that is on HBO as the opener.
Which will be Larry Merchant's next HBO gig?
Larry is doing the Bradley-Alexander fight.
Is there a rematch clause for Bradley Alexander?
It is at HBO's option.
Dan, what do you think of the young Ugandan prospect Sharif Bogere - what an enterouge!
Exciting fighter to watch for sure.
Do you see Pac man and PBF fighting at the end of the year
I have no freaking idea.
love child, anyone?
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child!!!!
Is 140 the hottest division in boxing right now?
I think it is, yes. Three guys at the top who can all claim to be No. 1.
OMG. I am on the Bat Phone and DiBella is going crazy!
Tell DiBella to calm down your doing a chat
What's he freaking out about this time?
Upset over basically everything.
Dansome- great notebook as always, but I miss the old format were you had the two or three main storys & the quick notes on the side of the page.. any chance of bringing it back to that format.
Noy my call.
Tell DiBella its arse not ass!
We actually discussed that.
Tell Dibella to put Berto against someone this year!
He's telling me he'd like to make the Berto-Ortiz fight. He and HBO are not seeing eye to eye.
I'd pay $9.99 on PPV to hear a recording of this call.
Shoot, I should be recording this. He's going off. It's hilarious.
Does HBO not want Berto/Ortiz, or is money the issue?
They like the fight -- it's a good fight -- I think it's a difference of opinion on its value.
Lou knows how to work a crowd...of freaks!
Yes he does.
DiBella says he respects all the Freaks and that one of the reasons he got into this business ie because he is a Freak.
OK, we have hung up. Nothing like a rant from Lou WHILE doing a Freak chat. My head is going to erupt like if Gus Johnson had been ringside for Corrales-Castillo I.
I've gotta hand it to DiBella. He's one of the few guys I follow on Twitter where his writing persona seems to be 100% like how he would be in person.
He is 100%.
Well tell Dibella that Berto has to at least sell more than 900 tickets in his hometown.
He knows that's a problem.
Danimal, Im being totally serious. Who buys PPV like the Holyfield coming up? How many buys do they realistically expect and how many will they need to turn a profit? It would take all of Holyfields kids watching on separate PPV's to have a chance to break even.
I really don't know. I can't see that fight doing more than 10,000 if that. Probably less.
Is the Bradley v Alexander fight for the Ring Belt? I know they are the Ring's number 1 vs number 3 which technically qualifies, but I just don't remember hearing anywhere if it is.
I have no idea.
Tell Lou that he already owes HBO money because of the Berto/Hernandez fight, so he should cut them a break on this.
HBO's probably trying to peel back on how much they've been overpaying Berto....which is hard to do after they've invested so much in him already.
They made their own bed.
Can we have an ESPN Boxing Belt?
No, too many belts already.
Dan, the press in the UK are talking about the Irishman Paul McCloskey as Khan's next opponent. Did Golden Boy say anything about him?
I spoke to Richard Schaefer about the whole Khan thing yesterday. He ran down a list of possible guys. That fight was not one of them.
Dano, when you say HBO has the option on alexander vs bradley, does that mean if HBO wants it both fighters don't have a choice? Or an interm?
Basically, HBO has promised both fighters return fights on HBO win or lose for a certain price. If HBO decides it would like the rematch it can get that at a certain price. The fighters of course have a choice -- they don't have to take a rematch but then they wouldn't be on HBO I guess.
Monte Barrett on the undercard of the Holyfield PPV? ... man, he should have quit after his relatively triumphant draw against Tua.
He is on there in part because the Holyfield card was sold to New Zealand and if Barrett wins he is supposed to have a rematch with Tua later this year.
Bucket List: Listening to a phone rant from Dibella
To do it once is definitely worth it.
Since you spoke the the Schaef, did he give you any news on the possible Katsidis/Guerrero undercard? Any movement on that?
He said he is working on. Has to see what they want to be paid, has to talk to HBO about what it will pay, etc... These things take time.
More F-bombs Shaw or Dibella?
Definitely DiBella. Not even close.
$49.99 for cotto-mayorga. Id rather plunge valuve's toilet
Cotto-Mayorga should've been at MSG.
Why? MGM is a great venue.
What's next for Kermit Cintron? Any truth to him getting a rematch with PWill?
Nothing specific. For the right price, I think HBO would consider the rematch.
Call me crazy but I am looking forward to Yuri Foreman's comeback and I am rooting for the kid.
Yuri is a great guy. I actually spoke to him last night about his preparation for the fight and how his knee is doing. He is definitely anxious to get back in the ring.
Hi Dan - The blog on Tyson's HOF election was great. One piece stood out for me - the part where Tyson mentioned the old photograph that literally brought him to tears. The love and respect that Tyson has for Cus is genuine and obviously goes far beyond mentor/trainer relationship. I think we all can appreciate this emotion because at one point all of us have glanced upon an old photo and had these same feelings.
Yeah, that wasa great story from Tyson that just happened a few months ago. He got really emotional when telling the story. For a guy who never had a real father around, Cus was the closest he ever had.
dude, love the Capital building in the background while you're on Sky Sports. You should do the Rafael Round Up on CSPAN.
LOL! That's the backdrop they used what can I say? I really was basically across the street from the Capitol building. Lots of the news shows have studios in that stuid buidling I taped at -- NBC, Fox, CNN, etc...
What brought on this call anyways besides him being mad about everything or was he just checking in?
Lou was just checking in.
Danasaurus Rex, you were sensational in stopping Gilberto Mendoza, Jr. Any truth to the rumors that you're going to pound out Sulaiman?
If the money is right.
The Shatner and R2D2 line is proof that Iron Mike is always a great quote.
That did crack me up because I had no idea where he was going with that.
I agree with Mike from Albany it should have been at MSG. I am tired of almost every fight with a big name in it being in Las Vegas. We need more fights in NY especially in MSG
Do have any concept of how much it costs to put on a fight in MSG? It's a big reason there are not as many fights there as we'd like to see.
In your opinion is Travis Kauffman a potential contender in the heavyweight division?
I don't view him as a legitimate potential contender.
Dan I tried to add Jose Sulaiman on my Twitter but I got a direct message indicating I needed to first pay a small sanctioning fee!
Pay the man, Shirley.
I think Matthew Hatton is a legit opponent at this stage of Saul Alvarez's career, and I for one would like to see that fight. Yourself DTM??
I agree with you 100%.
Will the Pwill-Cintron match be held from the 30ft platform, or the 10ft springboad?
Has Vasquez jr/Arce fight been finalized? I remember reading about it a while back but have not seen it in your fight schedule
Not final, still discussing it and maybe figuring out what card to put it on.
More F-Bombs, Dibella or Arreola in a post-match interview?
DiBella. He's the super duper intergalactic F-bomb champion.
"They had William Shatner and R2-D2 there, all these washed-up guys" - Mike knows that R2D2 isn't actually a guy, right?
LOL! Plus I don't think of R2 as washed up. He's been a dominant droid for decades now with no signs slowing down.
Honey, I'm sorry. But if you're going to have to pay a small sanctioning fee before this continues...
Tell Lou to push for Berto-Hernandez II, I bet HBO would jump all over that
Did you know Tyson is a big David Haye fan?... lol
No idea, but Tyson did tell me he was fan of Amir Khan's.
Good job Dan. Now the WBC will want to make DiBella the Super Duper Intergalactic F-Bomb Champion...for a small sanctioning fee, of course.
Exactly. Now if R2D4 or IG88 were there, that would be a different story.
Will Adamek take another fight before a Klitschko in Sept? He seems like a guy that needs (wants) to stay busy. Heard rumblings about him and Peter, but that one probably doesn't make any sense now that he's got the title shot wrapped up.
Yes, Adamek is taking a fight in the spring, probably April, in Poland.
this is my first chat but been reading your reports for a while...saw you on ringside last night and its great to get a U.S perspective on the show!
Glad you liked it. I think that's why they got me, to provide a US-based perpsective on things.
Dan, what do you think about Shawn Michaels being inducted into the WWE hall of fame this year?
Love it. One of my favorite WWE guys.
Dan why do people post in the comments section like they are talking on the chat? why don't they just join the chat?
That is an excellent question, one for which I do not have an answer.
Buy or sell? Haye vs Arreola.
I'd like to see that. Would be a fun fight.
Hey DTM, have you seen the faceoff of Bradley-Alexander with Max Kellerman? Good stuff. I am STOKED and cant wait for this fight!
Yup, I saw it. It's good.
Hey Dan if the freaks can help push you to 10k followers on Twitter, will we finally get pictures of Thunder and Popo?
If you do that I will post pix of the cats.
Dan, I haven't seen Mabuza fight, can he give Zab a tough fight? I'm assuming he isn't on Matthyse's level, am I correct?
I have a tape of Mabuza's win against Holt. He's a solid fighter and I don't think he'll be an easy night for Judah at all. He's slower than Zab (most guys are), but he seems pretty durable.
Lt Dan- is crack use a prerequisite for all David Haye fans?
We here at ESPN do not condone the use of illegal drugs.
Dan, any news about what's next for Tavoris Cloud?
Nothing right now. He just fought a month ago. King would love to get him on HBO against Dawson if HBO rejects the Pascal rematch. That would be a fight I'd like to see. Let Pascal rematch with BHop and Cloud fight Dawson.
If we get you 20K followers on Twitter. Will you shut the F--- up about Haye!!
I'll consider it.
Is Linares-Muarry still an option for Amir Khan's undercard?
It is one fight Schaefer told me was being discussed.
What is your take on all the dead fish in Maryland?
Killed themselves becaus they couldn't take any more of Ducker's gibberish.
Has ESPN 3 ever thought about picking up any fights from Japan? Presentation from there is top notch
That's a good question. I'll have to ask. You're right. The production of many of the Japanese TV fights is very high quality.
What's next for Dmitry Pirog? Why is he waiting so long to fight?
As I wrote in my notebook today -- he may fight in Russia in March.
DTM, my birthday happens to fall on the day of the Alexander/ Bradley fight. I'm gathering all my friends and we rented out a sports bar and will be watching the fight with me and about 60 of my closest friends (who do not watch boxing). I hope to have some new fans after that night. Freak Status?
Sweet. That'll be fun.
OK Freaks I stand corrected: Showtime is producing the Cotto-Mayorga fight. They will use Showtime's annnouncers, Jimmy Lennon as ring announcer, graphics, etc... It will look like a Showtime televised card. That's the word from the Bat Phone from Top Rank's Lee Samuels.
339 tickets sold to Bradley vs Alexander? WOW
I made a few calls and from what I am told that is simply not accurate reporting. I am told by those in the know that the real number is more than 2,000.
I almost puked when I heard Randall Bailey vs Berto. Just because Bailey can crack does not make him a worthy opponent for Berto. Ortiz is worthy, we need to see Berto in a test, not against a guy that "could" get lucky.
That fight is not happening. HBO did not approve Bailey.
Dan, any chance we see Floyd take a step up in class and fight Christy Martin?
Ducker vs. Povetkin--interesting matchup?
There once was a man called the Ducker / Who thought boxing fans were all suckers / From here to Ukraine, / the truth is quite plain / That must be one scared mother******
Is Chris Byrd a HOFmer?
is hasegawa fighting jhonny gonzalaz? that could be fun and would be a great first fight for espn 3 to pick up from japan
That's the mandatory so I expect the fight will happen. You're right -- that would be a good one for espn3.
When the hell are the Super Six Semi-Finals?
They are supposed to start in May.
Terdsak, Are they serious with the proposed show up in Canada with the over the hill gang? I'd rather watch 24 hours of Rosenblatt-McIntyre. Yeahhhhhh.
I guess so. I've been reading about the card with Ray Mercer and Tommy Morrison on it. Pathetic. I'd rather watch you watching Rosenblatt-McIntyre.
dan can you give the link to your sky sports interview?
You know you were wrong about Acosta's record last week, right?
Fight Fax lists him with 8 loses. Fight Fax is official. Acosta is (28-8-2, 22 KOs).
Awesome, Lee Samuels' must have been reading the chat, and wanted to get the accurate info out, ASAP! D$ at work again!
I actually called him to make sure and he went and found out and called me back.
I actually called him to make sure and he went and found out and called me back.
Should I go to the Bantamweight finale here in LA?
Do you like boxing?
Hey Dan, I saw Papa Jose's explanation that any former WBC champion can request to fight for a title - can we expect Klitschko-Maskaev soon because if so shoot me
Jose is full of it.
Were you suprised at all by Adam Smith's appointment as head of bixing for sky? Is it unusual in your experience for someone to go from in front of the camera into quite a high-powered, decision making role like that? He seems like a nice guy, almost too nice for such a position.
Adam's a great guy. He knows boxing and so far is doing a great job. It's unusual I guess but why not?
I guess you and Fight Fax are the only people in the world with knowledge of those other losses. Congrats!
Are you thick? He has eight losses. Deal.
read on de la hoyas twitter where he asked you, "Hey Dan do you think maybe the ring should be the official belt?keep in mind that these young fighters love those other belts" what do you think...by the way chowwwww
I answered Oscar privately.
If Rickey Hatton was in a horrable accident...and was severed in half...would there still only be one Ricky Hatton or do his 2 halves make a whole?
March 12 Cotto vs. Mayorga, etc. - Worst PPV card ever?
Not even close. It's not a great card but it's certainly not a bad card.
Wow! 2,000 tickets sold at the Silverdome. Only 91,174 away from beating out Wrestlemania 3...
Double O Dan, Thanks for the loaded notebook/quickhits...I had to take a standing eight count halfway through.
But you're a warrior and you finished on your feet. Congrats.
There once was a man who called himself Hayemaker/ He claimed he's willing to fight all takers/Reality of facing a K brother exposed him as cold duck pond shaker, so Euros don't ask why Americans thinks he's a faker.
Not bad but needs some work.
Dan, There are some rumors about possible fight Klitshko - Adamek, in Wroclaw, Poland. Do you belive that Poland really could be credibly location of this fight?
Not rumors. It's fact. They are putting everything on paper. There is a new stadium being built in Poland for the Euro soccer tournament and the fight would take place there. They will have a massive, massive crowd for the fight, which would be in September.
I've read varying reports regarding whether the Klitschko/Haye fight is taking place at all this year. Have they come to an agreement for July?
Wlad says he will fight him July 2 after Chisora. Haye refuses to allow him the interim. So it seems that unless one of them changes their mind they won't fight July 2. After that Klitschko is fighting Adamek and Haye is retiring, or so he says, in Oct.
There once was a man called Haye/ Who wouldn't fight Klitkscho in May/ Dan Calls him a Ducker/ The British are suckers/ How long will he keep Klitkscho at Bay.
Decent but May was never the date.
Horn's attempt was a c+ at best. I like the effort though!
there once was a man named haye/ ran his mouth from here to bombay/ but when a russian was near/ he quivered in fear/ and peed on himself all day
Change "Russian" to "Ukrainian" and you have a winner.
How did you start off your career as a writer? Did you write for a newspaper or a magazine? What are some of your suggestions for those who aspire to become like yourself?
I wrote for my high school paper and then got more serious when I started writing for my college paper as a sophomore. I did an internship at the local paper where I went to college, took some classes in journalism and worked my rear end off. I started at the bottom. Nobody is going to just walk into being a writer for ESPN or some other major publication. Have a goal and work hard. And hope for a little luck too.
Thanks for forwarding the sky sports interview. Nicely done. You have become more comfortable in fron of the camera. How much prep time with the interviewer typocally takes place prior to the camera?
Thanks. I knew the general topic we'd discuss so I was prepared on those topics, but we didn't do a lot. There was a brief rehersal for the guys over in the UK that I listened to to get a feel for the show and then I answered half of one question basically so they make sure our audio was OK and that was it. I know this material cold so there isn't a lot of prep that needs to be done for that sort of interview.
And as a journalist graduate work hard is another way of saying crappy, and I mean CRAPPY, pay.
You're right about that. I spent many years making very little money.
Let me tell you about my man David Haye / When he moved up to heavy he had lots to say / But when the Klitschkos came near he moved far away / He says the fight will still occur one day / But first gotta get a Chagaev match out of the way
What is your favorite US fight town outside of Vegas and AC?
Pretty much every place I've covered fights has been cool except for that dump Hartford. I've covered several fights in Memphis and like it. I love covering fights in Hollywood, Fla. And New York is always cool.
I remember reading something a long time ago that you were really high on Lehlohonolo Ledwaba, and the night Pacman drilled him it was written that people were coming up to you to offer condolences all night. Any truth to that?
100 percent true.
Dan can they create a show on ESPN for boxing like they have for MMA.
I wish they would.
once there was a boy named haye/ who always had something to say/ but when a real fight grew near/ he always shook in fear/ and said ill fight holyfield in may
Nice one! Who knew the Freaks were so creative?
there once was a ducker named Haye / ran from the Klitschkos all day / and when knocked on his rump / he feared Valuev's dump / called for Adam to whisk him away
There once was a boxer called Money / Whose style was all hit-and-runny / He's hangin' wit Fiddy / But ain't it a pity / That Pacquiao makes him feel funny
Any chance we get to see Bastie Samir on ESPN this year? I've heard he's a middleweight brawler.
Maybe if Golden Boy does any ESPN cards this year. Samir is a fun fighter, was an Olympian and is strong like a bull.
I know Erislandy Lara is fighting an easy fight tonight; when will he get a shot to move on to a bigger fight? He seems to be the most polished of the Cubans on this level.
Lara is a stud. I expect an easy, easy win for him tonight. I think he's ready to fight for a title now.
I once knew of a man named May/ but hes going to prison some day/ hes hiding from pac/ but gives security guards a smack/ and calls flilipinos gay
Dan, what about a rematch between Maidana and Ortiz? Any chance?
I think eventually we could see it, but right now Ortiz and Golden Boy I don't think have any interest.
There once was a writer named dan/ Who always did what he can/ to get the fights people want to see/ except for a small sanctioning fee/ stood in the way was a man named Sauliman
Dan if Bute fights the super six winner once the tournament concludes, will Kessler get a shot at the winner of that fight?
I guess that's possible but that's a long way down the road. First we have the Super Six semis to get thru plus Bute's crappy fight with Magee. I can't believe Showtime is paying so much for that.
Dan is Breidis Prescott still fighting on the FNF Card tonight?
I saw your question and I called Lou's matchmaker -- Prescott is off the show because they could not find an opponent so he is not fighting tonight.
There once was a man named Butterbean / the greatest champ to be seen / but my name is Haye / I'll fight him any day / man oh man am I mean!
Oscar stated he lost four years of his career due to partying and chasing women. Do you think Haye will lose his "last year" to hip replacement surgery due to chronic ducking?
Mr. Rafael, love your columns. Great work. I have 2 questions, hope you will answer them. Why can't fighters bring gatorade or other performance drinks, (not illegal) to the ring with them? 2nd question, with all this talk of the 140lbs division, do you see Robert "the ghost" Guerrero making some noise in that division. Thank you.
Fighters are allowed to use Gatorade and other such "sports drinks" in Nevada and some other places. As for Guerrero, I'd like to see him do something significant at 135 first but I think eventually he can make noise at 140. He has the size for that division.
Aren't Showtime just holding onto Bute until the big payoff against the S6 winner, unless he moves up who else is out there.
Sure Showtime wants him to fight the Super Six winner but paying something like $2 million for Magee fights seems massively overpriced. But that's how they were able to sign Bute, by overpaying for that fight and probably a second fight as well.
Dan, where did ESPN get that picture of Abraham vs Froch for the notebook? It actually looks like AA is throwing a punch. Photoshop?
All the fans are just mean / im the best HW to be seen / i fought john ruiz / and beat him with ease / soon ill KO butterbean
Danny Jacobs return?
Yeah, he did -- last month and won on the Pascal-Hopkins card.
Dan, do you ever take vacation time off? I have been reading your stuff regularly and have rarely seen you not write something for more than a few days at a time.
I took a vacation in August 2009. I'm bit of a workaholic.
Dan, what are some of HBO's other big Pre-Super Bowl fights of years past?
They usually have one. Mayorga-Forrest 1 was one of them (a big fight at the time, a unification). So was Mosley-Margarito for example.
Mikey Garcia/Matt Remillard sounds like a freak friendly war, although a bit of a step up for Remillard.
The funniest thing ever are the poems about Ducker that are filled with curses that I can't post. But you Freaks are insane!
There once was a man named Lampley/ who saw a man named Manny/ when Manny fist flew/ Lampley went ooh/ and now we have BANG BANG BANG BANG
Beep beep WASHED UP???? Beep beep
Dan how long do you think Vitali has left? Do you think he will retire after this year?
I dont think so. He says he feels good, he has dominated and not taken an ounce of punishment for years. He has taken care of himself very well. Why should he retire? He's kicking butt and making a ton of money and enjoys what he does.
Have you had a chance to take a look at Bert Sugar & Teddy Atlas new book "The Ultimate Book of Boxing Lists " ?
Yes, I received a copy a week or two ago. Pretty cool stuff.
Im so tired of the one they call Haye/ He just talks all day/ but its out of his ass/ he has no class/ cant wait for the brother to make him pay
BTW, Dan, great interview with Wladimir. Him calling Haye a "piece of sh*t" was out of character, but shows just how much animosity has built up between these two. I'm suprised that some people think it's all staged.
Wlad seemed pretty genuine in his frustration.
I am a big Vitali fan, so I hope he keeps going until he feels it's time to quit.
When was the last time, that you can recall, that the #1 and #2 P4P rated fighters fought?
Off the top of my head, it's been awhile since we've had a true 1 vs. 2. I guess maybe Jones-Toney and Whitaker-Chavez. They come to mind.
You always bring your A game to these chats. What keeps you motivated?
That's a good question. I don't know.
This man David Haye / Is like Money May / Both are big duckers / With fans who are suckers / As we watch their careers decay
Trinidad vs Oscar was'nt 1 vs 2?
News from the Bat Email: Today's Berto-Aydin purse bid was postponed until Jan. 28 by the wretched WBC. Arena and DiBella asked for the postponement.
Any word on Delvin Rodriguez?
Nothing in the works, but Delvin has been doing commentary on the Spanish-language version of FNF that airs on ESPN Deportes.
There once was a ducker named Haye/ who the freaks made fun of all day/ He refused every challenge/ and fought bums with no talent / But Valueva??s Poop never scared him away
Any news on Adamek's opponent for April?
They are working on it. They won't get that done until the Klitschko deal is done. If the Klitschko deal is finalized I would expect Adamek to fight an opponent not as tough as if he doesnt make the Klitschko fight. One name that has come up is Hasim Rahman.
Dan, do you expect to see JCC,Tyson and K Tszyu all come to the HOF ceremony? Is this yr a must visit? Are you going to be there that weekend?
I would hope all three will attend. I would love to fo this year.
Buy/Sell: Gilberto Mendoza, Jr. hosts an hourlong show on ESPN regarding your "how is 3 belts good for boxing" question called "The Answer"?
And then doesn't actually answer!
Dan, Last week during the FNF main event Teddy Atlas explained that he had Provodkov (sp?) winning because of the harder, more effective punches. He also questioned whether the judges would go for quanity over quality. Do you think he was right in his assessment?
Once was a guy called hayeducker/ a poster of Klits severed heads he did carry/ when it came time to fight/ he took such a fright/ he ran away and was known as a fairy
How Mexican do you have to be to get a WBC title shot?
You don't. You just have to say "I love you Jose" and then pay.
How do you feel about Rahman vs Adamek? I know Rock's past it but he's still got that heavy right hand, and if Grant gave Tomasz problems....
Is it a possibility that Bradley-Alexander could get postponed and moved somewhere else because of the low attendance?
The fight is happening unless something drastic happens.
Yo Dantel Dantavious Porter! I saw you on Ringside yesterday, it was great to see you on UK TV. How did the appearance come about? And is it just a one-off or are we going to be seeing you regularly?
They would like me to appear regularly. It came about because I've known the Sky guys for years and when we were at Khan-Maidana Adam Smith asked to meet with me and he made a proposal. They want an American perspective on the show. We worked it out.
the vile World Boxing Association / Caused boxing fans much consternation / With too many belts / Its corruption has smelt / far worse than Valuev's defecations
We have nothing to FEAR but FEAR itself! Unless you spell FEAR K-l-i-t-s-c-h-k-o!!!
Haye wore a shirt with severed heads/But he had forgotten to take his meds/Cuz in private he shakes like a rattle/At the thought of going to battle/With either Klitschko cuz they'd knock him dead.
Hey Dan do you plan on attending or even watching Arreola's fight in So Cal later this month?
I will be at the Bradley-Alexander fight that weekend but of course I will watch it, be it live on ESPN2 or on my DVR when I get home on Sunday.
Since I've started reading your chats, I've noticed the many variations of your name given to you by Freaks, for example D$, DTM, Danimal, Danosaraus Rex, etc... which stands out the most for you?
So many! I have always been amused by Danta Claus at Christmas time.
I am the president of the WBC / Fighters clamor for our titles with glee / You want a chance to bask? / All you must do is ask / And pay a small sanctioning fee
We're getting in BBQ chat territory today!
Dan - Do you have any interest in the Cotto-Mayorga fight?
Is it the best fight ever? No. Will it be a fun fight while it lasts? Defintely.
What's the longest chat you've had on here? 6 hours?
Just shy. I believe we did something like 5:50 the day of the Pacquiao-Margarito weigh in since I was at Cowboys Stadium all day because I did some early morning TV hits for ESPN and stayed there through the weigh in for additional TV. So we had a table set up and I chatted away for hours. That was a fun one.
$100 for a decent seat to see a Cotto- Mayorga mismatch?
That's perfectly legit for a major boxing show.
Following the chat from the free clinic waiting room while my baby's mama gets a penicillin shot. Freak Status?
No, just bored to death and this is way more fun that reading Field and Stream.
Dan, you said a few chats ago that in your mind you already know who will prevail in a fight between Pac & Floyd. Now that the fight won't go ahead, tell us!
Nope. It could still happen.
How realistic is Berto-Ortiz?
They're talking about it. Pretty solid fight considering what else is out there for Berto and the fact that Ortiz is having a lot of trouble making 140.
Dan, as of today who is ranked higher on your all-time p4p list BHOP or Manny?
You know that's a really tough one. I would say Pacquiao would be ahead of BHop right now.
Will Christy Martin's fight be televised? Would be great if it were.
Yes, it will open the PPV.
HBO should do a 24/7 of Dan's chats, god only knows the stuff we aren't seeing.
It would rock to have Liev narrate that!
Dan, don't reveal your pick. Because when you pick Floyd, ESPN.com might implode from the reaction.
LOL! I will reveal my pick before the fight if it ever happens.
The one problem with Berto-Ortiz is that someone (yet again) is guaranteed to bash your Prospect of the Year selection history.
Let em bash.
How many fights will be on the Cotto-Mayorga PPV? Which ones will make it?
The TV is supposed to be: Cotto-Mayorga, Foreman-Wolak, Vazquez-Lenny Z and Christy's fight.
Dan, if my memory serves me right, HBO did a 24/7 for DeLaHoya vs. Forbes, but the fight was on HBO and not HBO PPV. Why doesn't HBO shoudl do more 24/7 shows for it's larger fights such as Alexander/Bradley
HBO did not do a 24/7 for Oscar-Forbes. It was only a 30-minute countdown show.
I was checking out Mayweather-Gatti on Youtube and HBO showed Miguel Cotto ringside. Behind him was a fully bearded dude typing away on his laptop.
Yup, I have been sent the link to that clip many times.
Dan how about a Calzaghe vs Bute fight?
Calzaghe is retired. You been living under a rock?
Does HBO plan on doing a 30 minute countdown show for Bradley-Alexander?
No, but it should have.
do you suspect that ESPN/Classic will run any Tyson/JCC specials around the time of his induction similar to the baseball hall of fame?
I would hope so. I'm not sure what Chavez fights ESPN has the rights to but it has some Tyson fights, mostly from early in his career.
I can't recall ever seeing Chavez on ESPN Classic
We no longer have the budget for Countdown shows or additional Legendary nights shows so that we can continue to overpay Andre Berto.
Was Chavez-Tszyu on Showtime?
Can the boxing hall of fame induct Kostya Tszyu but leave his rat tail out?
Let me check with HOF boss Ed Brophy.
Who you think was a better 2nd basemen Alomar or Joe Morgan?
Dan, all-time...Whitaker/Pryor 140?
Hold up Bat Phone.
Got a call from Ron Katz, the matchmaker for Joe DeGuardia, who promotes Delvin Rodriguez. He's been reading the chat and saw the question about Delvin. He said they're talking about Delvin moving up to 154 for a fight in March against none other than AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH THE LOVE CHILD. Said he's talking to ESPN about it for an FNF card. Love it.
There once was a wise old shaman / Who could see how much HBO would pay men / He predicted that Berto / Would never be hurt-o / Because of a guy called Al Haymon
Hey Dan, how come you critized HBO for paying Dzinziruk 850,000 for a bout with Martinez, but then u have the guy Ranked #1 in the Junior Middleweight division? if he's 36-0 and has that kind of ranking the man deserves to get paid, no?
Reasonable question but they are not necessarily related since Dzinziruk is utterly unknown to an American audience. He's good. I know that because I have seen numerous of his fights. Maybe you know that too. But probably 95% of the audience doesn't know him from Adam. He does not bring much to the fight or the promotion financially. He is basically getting a subsidy from HBO when he has never generated a dime on his own or made even a fraction of that kind of money.
Hey Dan, Do you by any chance remember who you had winning between Whitaker and Dela Hoya? I remember having Whitaker winning.
I had Oscar winning.
Are you making the drive to WV to cover "Redemption in America"
Thanks for the bat update about Delvin
I love that idea of that fight.
Rodriguez moving to 154 already? Suprising but I like it. Maybe tangle with an Angulo or Kirkland type.
He basically wants to try it out. If he loses, he'll probably hang em up.
Delvin vs Julio = a good fight!
Your favorite Rocky movie and opponent please?
Rocky III, Clubber Lang.
"Dan, any chance we see Floyd take a step up in class and fight Christy Martin?" I hereby nominate Ryan from Youngstown as FOW (Freak of the Week). Being that we freaks are not soulless bottom feeders there will be no sanctioning fee
Love the Love Child and Rodriguez....hope it happens
Agreed. That is a great FNF main event.
Why is there a 5 year waiting period for boxers for the HOF?
Same as baseball.
I for one believe Dzinziruk has a legitimate shot at beating Martinez.
I do too.
Once was a writer named Dan/on fridays a chat he ran/ he'd field questions for hours/questions were was he on ped powers/ no he was't we can speak/ He is just the KING FREAK.
Rodriguez- Love Child is more competitive then any of the crap on the Holyfield PPV!
Who did you have winning against the Ike Quartey/Oscar De La Hoya fight? Had Quartey with a slight edge when all was said and done
Dan, I'll only do that match if you allow me to do Rosenblatt-McIntyre rematch as the opener.
Forget it then. NOTHING is worth that.
LA LA LA LA LA LA BOMBA. Edwin TKO ___
Say about 7.
I thought The Love Child was going back down to 147?
Delvin supposedly can't make the weight any more so maybe Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh the Love Child will stay at 154 for that bout.
who is the biggest boxing fan in Hollywood?
Jack Nicholson maybe? He's a big fight fan. Sly Stallone is a huge boxing fan. Magic Johnson loves boxing. Mark Wahlberg. There are lots.
How do you feel about the Yankees acquisition of Soriano?
Absolutely love it.
We need to get you in studio for the Rodriguez-Julio fight just so you can say AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH The Love Child! on camera.
YES! I've also been a big Delvin fan for a long time. He's never been the best fighter but he ALWAYS comes to fight.
Rodriguez/Julio for the ESPN Chat Freak Title!
Love Child- Delvin also more competitive (and cheaper) then Andre Berto's last fight too.
"You said if he loses he will probably hang em up" Do you mean Delvin or The Love Child?
Dan,What are the chances of Chavez Jr v Alaverez this year??
Your feelings on Spaghetti-Os ...
These are my readers.
coming closer to the fight, How do Bradley and Alexander look?
I don't know how they look because I haven't seen them in awhile but they sound great. They did a conference call with the press this week that was great.
Does Mrs. Rafael ever accompany you to any fights?
Once in a blue moon she'll travel with me.
Dan the Man is truly King Freak/His chats go for hours when he's at his peak/Lover of KISS/Never stopping to take a piss/Makes Friday the best day of the week
Dan official pick on Bradley - Alexander?
Ask me in the Jan. 28 chat.
hey dan. whats up with ali funeka, long time since i heard anything on him.
He was suspended for like nine months.
what was funeka suspended for?
For a bad postfight drug test. He tested for a banned diuretic.
Dan any word on when Kelly Pavlik will be back out and how Top Rank plan to build him back up again?
Right now nothing. Kelly is just out of rehab and nobody is rushing him to do anything.
every Friday I chat with Dan/ to make it throgh work is the plan/ I find it so odd/ why I'm still at this job/ but at least I'm not Jose Sulaiman
Chat rule #23. King Freak Dan will not reveal his fight picks until a week before the fight. So if a fight is taking place on that Saturday, do not ask until the Fri chat before.
Dan when you finish up todays chat can you give the freaks a "Chowwwwwwwwwwwwww"
Who beat Cotto in the 1st round of the Olympics?
Muhammad Abdullaev. I'd invite you over to watch the tape but I don't know you.
Thunder only happens when it's raining / Duckers only duck you when they're feigning / King Freak makes his picks for the war / But he only reveals them the day before
money may and paq is a no / Haye vs. Klits not to be so / Floyd stop ducking / David stop clucking / and give the Freaks a real F'N show
I was really disappointed in Abdullaev's pro career. I thought he was going to be a dominant pro.
It was definitely disappointing.
Buy/Sell: Gilberto Mendoza answers your question before the end of the year?
LOL. No idea. But I will keep asking.
Dan has many super powers/ He chats for so many hours/ Whether on Saturday Nights (RAD)/ or live from the Fights/ to no chat will he cower
Cotto got revenge on Abdullav then as a pro. Was the Olympic decision legit?
As I recall, the decision was legit. But when I saw that fight I thought Cotto would be a really good pro.
D$, you're still going!?!?!???
Ask Leonard Elleber. He will say no, this chat is not happening.
my wife is having a baby in like 2 weeks...any suggestions for a good name for a boy?
One Freak's Underrated DVD pick of the week: Liakhovich v Brewster. Tremendous scrap. While neither were all that impressive to begin with, neither were ever the same.
That was a great heavyweight fight, one of the best in recent years.
I named my two goldfish "Dan" and "Rafael." Does that make me a freak or a creep?
This would be the greatest chat in Dan Rafael's career. If he could finish five full hours! If he could make Bill Simmons eat his words! If he could...KNOCK...HIM...OUT!!!! Yes, Dan Rafael has the longest, the most satisfying, the most ridiculous chat of his whole career!
Is Andy Lee comfortable with Manny not being in his corner for the Duddy fight because he will be in Cottos corner?
I'm not sure but he better be because Manny won't be there.
"Stop it Dan! You can stop it anytime. Bill Simmons is out on his feet. DAN RAFAEL IS GONNA LET THE CHAT KEEP GOING!!!"
Just watched Oceans 11 the other day and they had Lennox fighting Wlad. Who wins Lennox prime or current Wlad?
I was actually on the shet of the film that day watching them tape those scenes. That was a BLAST. I still have my fake movie prop credential fromt he "fight."
By the way courtesy of the Bat Email -- Gamboa's HBO opponent on March 26 is likely going to be Jorge Solis, who will come down from 130 (where he has an interim belt). Camps are still ironing ou the money with Top Rank.
iron man dan..why do people crap on your prospect list when taylor won a title, cotto is a 3 division champ, khan is world champion, sam peter was a legit hw contender, and berto is a world champion?
And Julio Diaz won lightweight belts twice. And Ortiz is one of the top 140 contenders. I have no idea.
?Unbelievable! Unbelievable! Dan Rafael stopped the chat with fewer than five seconds to go. You?re going to watch Bill Simmons go crazy now! You?re going to watch Bill Simmons go absolutely berserk! This is one of the most unusual chats by a referee in the whole history of the sport!?
Wasn't that Vitali on Ocean's 11????????????
No, Wlad was Lennox's opponent in that fight, which was called "Desert Storm" on my credential. Vitali was in the corner with Wlad. I should tweet a photo of the credential/movie prop.
you were on the set? That is so cool! did you have ANY idea the casino was being robbed during the fight? did the police talk to you?
LOL. No but that was the first time I met the Klitschko brothers. I was interviewing them for a piece in USA Today. I was in Vegas that week to cover the Hamed-Barrera fight. It was at the MGM and the movie folks used their ring set up to film the movie scenes.
isnt that movie essentially the reason Lewis lost to Rahman? he was filming movies instead of training hard? showing he didnt take Rock seriously at all
Yup. I picked Rahman for that reason. I was at the press conference the morning of the Barrera-Hamed fight at the MGM. Lennox was there unfocused and out of shape. Rahman was there via big screen satellite hook up. He had been in South Africa already for like three weeks and looked in awesome shape. Probably my best pick ever.
And Rafael knocks Simmons out of the ring. Right next to me! Right next to me!
You are still chatting?! I've already made it home from work and went grocery shopping!
Yeah what about it?
Even if it might not have seemed so at the time, Lewis' win over Vitali is one of the best last fight of a career wins that a fighter has had given how much Vitali has gone on to dominate since.
You are 100% right.
Because that one dude asked: Chowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.
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