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March 11, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (11:59 AM)

Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to our weekly chat! I am at the Foxwoods resort to cover tomorrow's Martinez-Dzinziruk HBO fight and there is also a big fight in Vegas with Cotto-Mayorga on Showtime PPV, so we have plenty to discuss. Please read the new notebook and the schedule as well as the various news stories and blogs this week. Let's get to it!

Dan (OC)

I heard Sergio Martinez started boxing when he was 19 or 21, is that true, and when is it to late to start boxing?

Dan Rafael
  (11:59 AM)

That is true. As fas as too late, all depends on the athlete. But to start at 20ish and become a p4p guy is unusual.

Ron in Tucson Az [via mobile]

Hi Dan. Saul alvarez couldn't put hatton away. Doesn't that spell danger when he starts taking on better fighters? Why is no one talking about this ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

I dont think it means anything. He couldn't put Hatton away but there were several times where the ref would have been justified stopping it. And he did put away Baldomir with one punch and Baldomir had never been knocked dead in his career and had not been stopped in like 16 years. So sometimes you score an unexpected KO and sometimes you dont get the KO everyone expects. I read nothing into it.

Matty P (London)

So Haye isn't a ducker anymore?! I'm sure Haye's been losing sleep over that one. How ironic that Wlad has ducked Chisora twice now. The K2 world could come crashing down over the next couple of months. Solis has a chance against Vitali and Haye is going to send Wlad crashing to the floor.

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

If you actually think Wlad ducked Chisora enjoy your warped view of reality and amp up the meds.

erick (los angeles)

Do you think alvarez would have knocked hatton out if the gloves were different?

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

I do think that could have made a difference. Canelo wore Winning gloves, which I have held before. They are like pillows, nice and soft and squishy. If he hit Hatton in Reyes it probably would have been over. Perhaps he was protecting a sore hand or something.

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan, if Sergio and Cotto win their respective fights are there any plans for a catchweight middle title fight later on in 2011? I know these plans fell through before but could it happen this yr?

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

If Cotto wins he will likely fight Margarito in the summer. So a fight with Sergio wouldnt be until at least end of the year and I dont know if that is something Cotto or Top Rank will be interested in.

Pribs (Bethlehem, PA)

Hey Dan,Does the 6/25 date for Alexander impact HBO's chances of landing Klitschko - Haye?

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

It doesn't. My understanding is IF HBO gets the Wlad-Haye fight and IF that fight is June 25 (because July 2 is also possible) HBO would probably air the heavyweights live in the afternoon and then the Alexander fight live at night with a replay of the heavyweight fight. That is a very possible scenario if HBO gets the heavyweight fight and it is on June 25.

Nate dogg (Philly/atl) [via mobile]

How would Philly welterweight prospect mike Jones do against Andre Berto

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

I'd like to find out.

Tomer (New York, NY)

Any update on the proposed Cloud-Erdei fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

No, I'll have to ask DiBella when I see him later.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

Dan, what are your picks for this weekend?

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

I like Martinez W12, Andy Lee W10, Cotto by knockout.

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

Great Quote by Yuri,"I may be othodox by my knee if reformed".

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

Classic. Yuri may be a bit boring to watch, but he has become a good quote.

Power Pellets (Las Vegas)

I think we need to have a new Freak drinking game. Every time someone from the UK says something stupid in blind loyalty for David Haye, take a swig!

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

I like it.

Jason (Riverside,CA)

Dan you should ask Jim Lampley to have his chat in here so we don't have to go back and forth. He can sit next to you and take questions from the Freaks.

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

I told Jim the other day when he was scheduled to chat, "How dare you challenge me with your primitive skills."

Kevin (CT)

Staying at the Grand? hows the rooms compared to the old foxwoods hotel next door? See ya tomorrow King Freak!!

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

It's nicer than the other hotels here, but they are all nice.

Darren (Dallas,Tx)

what do you think of Sam Peter Vs. Heleinus? If Sam cant win this fight, he should retire from boxing

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

I agree. True crossroads fight.

leo (charlotte, NC)

hey dan great job this week tons of info, best source for boxing news. Nuff said.

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

I really appreciate the kind words. I work very hard and glad the Freaks appreciate it.

Bobby (Louisville)

Hey Dan! Possible Marquez-Judah for the summer? if so, that's a SICK fight, a very intriguing matchup.

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

Very unlikely. I know that is what Zab wants, but Marquez has contract issues and he is looking for Pacquiuao, a MUCH bigger money fight.

Andre (New Jersey)

What fight would you rather see: Alvarez - Kirkland or Alvarez - Angulo?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

I'd actually rather see Kirkland-Angulo.

Dante (Hell's Kitchen(NY))

Dan, can you start publishing tv ratings for Showtime and HBO boxing every time there's a card?

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

No.

Dave (UK)

Even though it's for the good of boxing, it's a shame that Derek Chisora has been screwed around so much. Any thoughts on a potential fight against Tyson Fury?

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

Would be a great test for both guys. Not sure it will happen. The only thing set is a purse bid, not the actual fight.

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

Would be a great test for both guys. Not sure it will happen. The only thing set is a purse bid, not the actual fight.

Kevin (CT)

"wlad ducking chisora" is so ridiculous that Floyd wouldnt even say that!

Timmy (Steubenville)

I can't decide which fight to order Saturday night. Help me out Dan. I actully think Zbikowski may have swung it to Showtime for me. Bad call?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

You can watch whichever you want but I do not think that fight should swing anything. He is a raw, unproven, top athlete fighting a hand-picked opponent who is "supposed" to get knocked out and quickly.

AL M (NYC)

"the immortal Chauncy Welliver, who beats up hobos for a living, is your wbc 10th Ranked Heavy Weight" , i almost peed my self when i read that

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

Nothing against Welliver at all, but he does not deserve to be ranked.

Jeremy (Ireland)

And any updates on the Marquez-Golden Boy situation?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

GB says it can't get JMM to respond to its attempts to talk about his next fight.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

Matty P's comment that Wlad has ducked Chisora twice is almost as hilarious as Mayorga's gems. Almost.

Geoff (Burlington, ON)

Other than "don't really care" who do you see winning the Grant/Fields fight tonight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

I dont care but I will take Grant.

J (ATL)

Update on Berto-Ortiz site?

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

Nope, but DiBella is trying to get it done ASAP.

Julio (Panama)

Dano..What about a Martinez Margarito fight at 154...great contrast of styles and there is a back story since Margarito beat him once....

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

I have suggested it, but Margs is going to fight Cotto this summer if Cotto wins. I doubt it happens any time soon, the Martine-Margs rematch.

leo (charlotte, NC)

hey Dan if Martinez wins in great fashion, would you move him from #3 in the p4p to #2

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

Very, very possibly.

Al (Las Cruces, NM)

Any clue as to why Gabriel Sarmiento won't be in Martinez's corner this weekend?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

Not sure. They only thing they are saying is that it is personal and that they have known he would be unavailable for a couple of weeks.

Pete (NYC)

Is it true that many of the 1.4 million viewers of last Saturday's HBO card started doing their taxes during the Adrien Broner fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley.

J (ATL)

Reports today say that Moreno unhappy with $$$ in fight with Donaire, what do you know about the possibility of that fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

I like the fight and hope it gets done.

Aaron (MA)

any word if Caballero/Burgos will still be on FNF?

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

It's being discussed, as I wrote last week.

Killer (Queens)

Any sneak previews from your upcoming Vitali interview?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

I spoke at length with Vitali yesterday from Austria, where he is training for next week's fight with Solis. We had a good interview. He had some choice things to say about Haye. I will write a story in advance of the Solis fight next week.

Jason (Riverside,CA)

Dan I remember you saying that when Wlad-Haye got made you would head to wherever the fight is at to cover it. Is that still the case or is it still up in the air?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

I would certainly plan to cover it in person and make my European debut.

Peter (Montreal)

Is there a firm date when the venue for Hopkins-Pascal II must be set? Should I feel confident that I'll be able to see the rematch here?

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

No. It will happen and likely in Canada.

Alan (South Africa)

I bet all the David Haye fans thought Bruno was going to destroy Iron Mike. Both times!

badoo (seaham uk)

any news on allan green?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

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

Constantin (Germany)

Cant wait to have the Kingfreak in Germany - if the fight happens in Ger.!

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

Should be interesting huh?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

Should be interesting huh?

Tomer (New York, NY)

Will Juan Urango get dropped from the top 10 JWW rankings since he's been active for a year/decided to run a farm or whatever he's doing instead?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

Just about time to the farmer.

robb (north andover, ma)

should i watch lopez-alvarez 2, or tapia-ayala 1?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

Both tremendous battles. I would go with Tapia-Ayala 1.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

Is it true that the freaks come out at night?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

Correct.

badoo (seaham uk)

not impressed with mcloskey, what are your thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

I echo your sentiment. Nice fighter, nothing special to me.

Scott (London)

While it is blatantly obvious Wlad isn't ducking Chisora do you not feel Chisora has been messed about a bit by Wlad.

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

I do feel like he has been used as a pawn and not treated entirely fairly but I DO NOT believe Wlad is ducking him. That is laughable.

lui q (somerton, az)

Solis vs gamboa! Do you see it as a really good fight? And what chances do you give solis?

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Pretty solid fight. I think Gamboa wins, but it's interesting to me. I will be there.

Jeremiah (San Diego, CA)

Dan, is it too early to tell if upcoming fights in Japan will be postponed? I

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

No idea. They have lot more to worry about in Japan right now than boxing after today's earthquake and tsunami.

Eric Omaha [via mobile]

Dan - Have you watched Taking on Tyson yet? I have to say, I never thought I'd find a show about pigeon racing interesting . . .

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

I have watched part of the first episode on my DVR. I like what I have seen so far.

Brandon (Kansas City)

If HBO gets Wlad-Haye, I hope they do a 24/7

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

I agree, although they have never done a 24/7 for a non-PPV fight.

jt$ (DC)

I don't feel too bad for Chisora since I don't see what he did to earn the shot in the first place, let him hone his skills and maybe have a chance at winning first.

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

He didn't earn the shot sure. But once he had it you don't screw with him the way he was screwed with.

JonG (Queens)

I know many writers including yourself have mentions dzindruik martinez may be a not so great fight due to styles, but if nothing else im very interested in seeing how martinez handles him, since Dzindruik has a completely diff style than Pwill or Pavlik. I actually give Sergie a shot maybe not my pick to win but I think its a close decision.

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

I totally agree.

Gary (Indiana)

Dan, is Seth Mitchell a protected fighter at this stage of his career?

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

Not at all. He is a very inexperienced guy still very much learning.

Ron (Wheeling, WV)

Dan, Hatton-Alvarez was a joke. Another sham fight on HBO.

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

Dont agree. I really enjoyed the fight and am glad HBO did it. Go back to your bitterness.

Rico (Jersey)

Dan, a reminder that fans can sign up for a 14 day trial on the Epix website to catch the Vitali fight online next week.

Gary Burton (Beaverton, OR)

Dan, who do you like in Miguel Vazquez vs. Lenny Zappa?

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

Hard one to handicap. For some odd reason I kinda like Lenny Z on the minor upset.

assassin warlock (sober valley lodge)

Any idea what fight replaces the winky fight on the 4/9 ppv card? Btw, your work is winning.

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Has not been determined. Read today's notebook for some stuff about what is going on with it.

Brandon (Kansas City)

Someone asked about Allan Green?!? That's not WINNING.

The Good Doctor Filth (Cleveland)

I am interested to see how Sergio handles Dzindurik's jab.

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

So I am.

Harvey (Uk)

Hatton v Alvarez WAS a sham.... Hatton was a European level fighter at most....

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

You are entitled to your opinion, which I do not share.

Caleb (Chicago)

I like the Dawson-Diaconu undercard bout. Not a pushover fight for Dawson.

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

Agreed.

Steven (Miami)

Hey Dan is there any chance Haye-Klitschko is a PPV in the US?

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

Yes there is.

Justin (Sactown,CA)

Most 20 year olds are fighting in head gear! Get a grip freaks!

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

Exactly. The lack patience is sad and warped.

Tito (Jersey)

Dan, other than running his mouth, what has Haye done to earn a 50-50 split with the best HW on the planet?

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

He brings a ton of money from UK TV, that's why.

lui q (somerton, az)

Any chance you attend segura vs calderon II in mexicali, bc mexi

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

Zero.

CHOPPER (Brooklyn)

I don't care if Sheen was last week's thing, Dan is still a VATICAN ASSASSIN WARLOCK shooting boxing poetry from his fingertips into the keyboard!

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

LOL

bk don (Brooklyn)

over/under 400,000 buys for cotto v mayorga?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

Way under.

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

Way under.

Isaac (Pocatello, ID)

I'm amazed at how much mud has been thrown at Cotto for fighting Mayorga. There's nobody out there who has fought such consistently good and challenging oppositions as Cotto, who in their right mind would have a problem with him taking an easy, moneymaking fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

You are right.

Waits (Phoenix)

Who's calling the Martinez fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

Lampley, Kellerman and Roy Jones.

Taylor (SLC, UT)

We just adopted a cat. He apparently recovered from a serious mauling just before we took him in. I named him "Buster" after the ultimate underdog. But then my 4-year-old daughter said she wanted to name him Tyson, after her favorite boxer...so we've compromised with Buster-Tyson. Crazy name...but a great cat. What's even crazier is that we got him on February 11th, the date of Tyson-Douglas. It was meant to be.

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

Cat-loving Freaks are OK in my book.

Nick X. (Williston Park)

Dan, lack of patience is a bad thing if Alvarez was not taking up BAD cards against the Matthew Hattons of the world. If Golden Boy wants to move him along slowly, why can't they do that on their own time like TR does with Chavez Jr.?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

It was a good fight and his first HBO fight. JEEEEZ. Get a grip. And it's not just "taking up" a BAD date. It did the BEST BAD rating in two years. Lots of people liked what they were seeing and I was one of them.

Tom (Sacramento)

Top Ranks undercard for Cotto v Mayorga may be the worst major PPV (non latin fury, ect) that I have EVER seen, you agree?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

I dont know about "ever" but the undercard tomorrow is terrible.

David (Winston-Salem)

Hey Dan! First off, just want to give thanks again for all the hard work you do. Do you know if Chad Dawson received any step aside money? Or did he just not have a choice, because of HBO's preference?

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

I do not think he got any step-aside but did eta guarantee that he gets the winner of the main event and there was also some talk that if the winner wont fight him and is stripped, Chad will be elevated to the titleholder.

Jon (NYC)

Better comedy: Charlie Sheen on Twitter, or new WBC rankings?

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

WBC definitely. #WBCISDISGUSTING

Isai (OKC)

What do you think of the inflated ratings report from HBO? Do you have any insight on this?

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

The ratings are not inflated. HBO takes those things very seriously. If they say a fight did a certain amount of viewers, it did based on its statistics. Period.

Cody (Minneapolis)

Alvarez is exciting....very exciting and that is what ppl want to see. Gatti was never Roy Jones, but he drew at the gate and in the TV ratings. Freaks need to realize that being the best isn't all that matters in boxing or any form of prizefighting

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

Thank you for your sanity in a swamp of idiots.

jt$ (DC)

With what Katsidis has been through the last year with losing his brother and his homeland being devastated by floods, the small cut is nothing. He is a true fight fan's fighter.

Rick (Marina, Ca)

Over or under Cotto-Mayorga over in 7 rds

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

I will take the under.

Bob (Lexington)

I feel sorry for the poor chap who has to write Lampley's responses. Jim is great but I hope the Freaks have their Thesaurus handy.

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

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

George (Fontana, CA)

I would love to see Saul Alvarez vs. K9 Bundrage

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

I wouldn't mind that either.

Joey (Charleston, SC)

Who did you have winning the second Forrest-Mayorga fight? I revisited that fight the other day and still had Forrest winning 7-5.

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

I was ringside and had Mayorga winning.

Isai (OKC)

Glad to hear that HBO takes it seriously. Many writers seem to think otherwise.

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

That's fine, but I have spoken to the HBO folks about it and know first-hand how seriously they take it. If somebody else makes an opinion that they don't it is not done with any real info backing up that opinion.

jesse rican (long island)

do you ever do radio interviews?

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

Yes.

David (Winston-Salem)

I was having this discussion with a buddy of mine the other day, and would love your thoughts Dan. We were naming the three best fight cities in North America? Would love to hear what the fellow freaks think too.

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

Would have to say Montreal is best. Others, it all depends on the fight. Mexico City or New York or LA can get all jacked up for the right fight. Obviously, Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

chris (south)

Has anyone of note picked Dzinziruk?

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

Not that I have seen but I don't think anyone will be surprised if he wins.

Brian (DC)

Wasn't Gary Russell Jr. scheduled to fight on the Canelo-Hatton undercard?

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

Yes, but he fell off because, as GB told me, "he was not ready."

kyon (st. louis)

Hey Dan, are you surprised Segura decided to fight Calderon again? I would rather see him in the ring against concepcion.

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

Not at all. By far the best money fight he can make and do it against a guy he already knocked out.

jt$ (DC)

Over/Under: RJJ mentions God 6 times

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

Tough one! I think over.

Jon (Tulsa)

Yo D. Would you be shocked to see Mayorga knockout Cotto? It's not as unlikely as everyone is saying...

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

No, if he wins that's the only way he's going to win.

Rob (Denton, Tx)

HBO did a good job of bringing Roy back. He is awesome.

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

Bat Phone Freaks.

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

That was Lou DiBella. He said he just finished a deal and that Berto-Ortiz will be right here at the MGM Foxwoods on April 16. Nice!

Mike (Homer Glen, IL)

Hey Dan, I though Sillakh looked great on FNF last week. How close is he to your top 10 LHW? Who would you like to see him against next? How about Shumenov?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

He did look very good. He is very close. I'd like to see him get one win over a legit kind of contender.

Rags (NYC)

Any truth to the rumor that HBO is interested in Matthew Hatton v. Berto at a date TBD?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

LOL. I would stunned if HBO bought that fight. I very much doubnt it is possible.

Duff (Boston, MA)

Great news abotu Berto-Ortiz. Love seeing big fights coming to New England.

jesse rican (long island)

will you be attending the martinez match?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

Yes, I am on site. I got here last night.

Jesse (Montreal)

David Lemieux vs. Canelo Alvarez. 2 young undefeated game fighters. that fight should be made

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

In a few years it could be huge.

Pete (NYC)

I want to see Sillakh again! Dude has some flaws but he's got the speed, power, technique, entertainment value. Oh please let us see him with Tavoris Cloud on HBO some time next year.

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

Bless you.

Don (Buffalo)

Is Pac in camp yet for SSM? I have yet to hear any dram concerning him lately

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

Yes, he is in camp in the Philippines.

Gary Burton (Beaverton, OR)

Dan, did you fly or swim into Foxwoods?

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

Flew.

George (Fontana, CA)

Ok, since no boxing tonight (ESPN, SOLO BOXEO, etc.) im thinking of Ordering the Ty Fields v. Michael Grant fight :-( somebody stop me.

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

Take a deep breath and step away from the remote. Nobody wants to hurt you. Everything is going to be OK.

Rob @brewhfx (Halifax, Canada)

I know ur not a tour guide but how do you go about getting to the foxwoods from the airport. Just took a quick look for the 16th but there's something I'm missing...

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

In a car. One hour.

David (Winston-Salem)

Who promotes Syllakh again?

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

Roy Jones' Square Ring.

Manny Ramirez (Ladera Ranch)

Dan do you think Jorge Maromero Paez is hall of fame worthy?

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

Not even remotely close.

Paul B (NY, NY)

DTM- Just want to illustrate my loyalty to the Friday chat. I am in France on vacation but found an internet cafe to hang with you. Participating in King Freak's chats = #WINNING. Or even #BI-WINNING.

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

Impressive.

Aaron (Hartford)

Freaks Dont let Freaks order Ty Fields PPV fights....

Waits (Phoenix)

Why hasn't Pacquiao ever fought a recent in the Phillipines.

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

$

wrstler (chico)

what should i do dan im in love with a women?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

These are my readers.

Andrew Baker (Falls Church, VA)

Isn't boxing great? Every fight can be considered history in the making. I loooove it.

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

Exactly.

joe (N.H)

are you gona play the slots while your in Foxwoods?

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

Nope.

Steve (CA)

Is Lennox Lewis still interested in doing broadcasting?

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

Yes, he will be part of the Epix team that calls next week's Klitschko-Solis fight.

David (Houston)

Since we are on the eve of another Marravilla fight I thought I would share one of my favorite quotes... "that had to have been a headbutt no one hits that hard" - Kermit Cintron

Scott (Lansing, MI)

If there's one place you want to go for advice with women, it's The Freak Chat.

J-Nava (Chicago)

I don't really like that site for Berto-Ortiz. Not as strong a mexican demographic as the southwest and it's not like either of them have a large following to fill that void.

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

The casino wanted it and this area always draws nice crowds for boxing events.

Mick (Jersey)

Dan - do you ever go to non-televised shows? It seems you only attend the events on HBO, Showtime, or PPV.

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

I have been to MANY off tv small shows in the DC/Baltimore region where I live and I have also been to many small shows that take place around the big TV fights.

Kent (St Catharines)

DTM, I don't mind trash talking fighters that can back it up. However, fighters past their prime (Mayorga, Toney & Miranda) need to give it a rest. It is nothing but false bravado and in this case I hope Cotto opens up a can of whoop butt on Mayorga.

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

Mayorga's trash talk is silly because he hasn't won a fight that mattered since the rematch with Forrest. He yaps and yaps and then gets drilled.

Iron Mike (Brownsville)

My pigeons styles are impetuous, their defense impregnable. They will eat the other pigeons' children, praise be to Allah.

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

Classic.

Chris (Portland CT)

Do you know if there's going to be any tickets comp'd for Martinez-Dzinziruk tomorrow night or would you know where I could find out? Really want to go to the fight!

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

Doubt it. From what I hear a very good crowd expected.

Ryan (Austin)

Dan, you've seen Haye fight many times-- realistically what chance does he have??

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

I have seen him as an amateur and virtually every one of his pro fights. He has speed and good power, but I still like Wladimir to knock him out.

Roy ( Reno)

Why didn't DiBella want this in LA? Did he think the judges would be biased toward Ortiz? Seems like a weird place for that fight.

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Why would he want to put his fighter in Ortiz's backyard?

Paul B (NY, NY)

Sending freak best wishes to all of the people of Japan including of course our Japanese freak bretheren.

Mark (ATL)

Shower door vs. NYC pothole...who ya got???

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Shower door is a bit quicker and sharper.

Pete (NYC)

Were you at Martinez-Williams 1 in the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall? How's the atmosphere there for a fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

I was and it was such a great fight the crowd was going crazy.

Isai (OKC)

Ortiz's backyard - OK, I can justify Lou's decision.

Liam (UK)

just a reminder to follow Dan on twitter @danrafaelespn ! And while you're there follow me too if you like @liam128

Gary Burton (Beaverton, OR)

Dan, I have dubbed Sergiy Dzinzurik, "Dizzy" for the sake of ease. Buy or sell?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Joe (NY)

Any word on the next fight camp for the super six? Love the series so far, but it seems as if too muc of a time lag exists between episodes and fights.

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

Havent heard anything other than the sked for the Super Six shows on Pacquiao-Mosley.

jesse rican (long island)

would you rather be at cotto vs mayorga

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

No. That is why I am here.

joe (N.H)

I think Martinez is overrated.

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Funny, I think you are.

Oscar (Ontario, Canada)

David Lemieux is fighting Marco Antonio Rubio in his next fight. I haven't seen too much of Rubio. Is he a credible opponent for Lemeiux?

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

Yes, but I think he is also tailor made for him.

Brandon (Kansas City)

Joe from NH = #NOTWINNING

Scott (Bloomington, MN)

True/False, Gary Shaw and Artie Pellulo were both no-shows for the conference call to promote this fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

True. Gary was out of the country at the time. Not sure what Artie's reason was although Artie's right-hand man was.

Iain (NYC)

N.H probably stands for 'Near Hartford', hence Joe's ridiculous observation on Martinez

Justin (Seattle)

And how is your son doing?

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child.

Mickey (NYC)

Did a better undercard influence your decision to go to the Martinez fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

No. This is a way more meaningful fight in the sport.

Reid (Cleveland)

After tomorrow night, what is your next scheduled trip for a fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

I will be at the Gamboa-Solis card on March 26 and then the Maidana-Morales card on April 9.

Brandon (Kansas City)

Never seen Dzinzurik fight before. What can you tell us about him and does he have a chance?

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

I have seen many, many of his fights. He is a very good skilled boxer, has a tremendous and punishing jab and solid defense. Not a huge puncher but seems to take a decent shot. Love Child had him hurt early in their fight, but he showed good heart and rebounded very well.

Anthony (Long Beach CA)

Berto-Ortiz belonged in LA somewhere. To many fights are going to a city where neither fighter is from, fighting in front of a half empty arena.

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

The arena here wont be half empty. Dont you worry.

Chris J (Houston Tx)

who is your preferred airline and what is your status?

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

Gold baby on US Air for a decade!

karl (uk)

dan would you ever consider writing a book about your boxing experiences one day?

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

Sure. I have seen a lot and experienced a lot. Have a lot of good stories.

AW (PHX)

Craig McEwan vs Andy Lee I think will be very explosive and great fight!

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

I think it will be good. McEwan has not thrilled me but he can mix it up and so can Lee. Both have skills too. I expect a nice fight.

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

OK Freaks, your wish is my command. I emailed Keith Kizer for the purses of the four TV fights in Vegas. Here they are. These are the figures on the Nevada contracts: Cotto $1 million, Mayorga $50,000 (obviously, something is going on with th is one because that can't be right, although he could be deeply in debt to King or has other money coming via PPV upside or whatever), Lenny Z $65K, Vasquez $150K, Tommy Z $50K, Bryant $1,500, Foreman $100K, Wolak $75K.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

Isn't it weird that 3 out of the 4 fighters on the HBO card tomorrow will be trainerless except for Dzinziruk which in his case might suck because its Buddy McGirt.

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

How about the fact that all four TV fighters are southpaws? That's weird.

Carlos (New Mexico)

Looks a little low for foreman, he made $700k on his last fight. and why would Vasquez be making $150k?

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

He has a title and Mexican TV and the fight could have been forced to a purse bid.

James Kirk (Canada)

There is a potential great fight in Javier Fortuna vs Derrick Wilson on the non-tv undercard tomorrow, thoughts on it?

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

I am very much looking forward to seeing Fortuna live. Good looking young prospect.

Phil (Montreal)

There's an interview on youtube where Vanes Martirosyan says he seriously whooped Dzinziruk's butt in sparring. Have you heard about that?

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

Yes and I wrote about it. I did a feature on Vanes before he fought Joe Greene last summer and if you read the piece you see Vanes' quotes about it.

Jose A. (San Juan, PR)

FYI: UNC is getting POUNDED by the University of Miami in the ACC Tournament! Thought you should know

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

I love it. Taunt Lampley about it in his chat as he is a Tar Heel.

Eric P (Saratoga Springs)

Lampley is a Tarheel! I had no idea.UNC beat Duke though, FYI.

Dan Rafael
  (1:45 PM)

They split this season. Relax.

Horn (Vegas)

50k? Mayorga spends more than that on cigs.

Aido (Dublin)

Dan,do you have any of the purses for the weekends fights?

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

Not yet, although the Dzinziruk side gets $850,000. Martinez is over $1 million.

Eric P (Saratoga Springs)

I feel like I am teetering on the edge of being banned for life.

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

Dont push your luck son.

Jesse (Montreal)

could that be a typo Dan? 500k instead of 50k for Mayorga

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

Not a typo, although I emailed Keith back for a clarification.

TJ (Owings Mills, MD)

Dantrel Rolle....you mentioned Mayorga took his shirt off when trashing Steward?? Did he look like he was in good shape for tomorrow night??

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

He looked very good.

Joe (Frankfurt)

I will say, 20% of the reason I watch Sergio Martinez fights is to see Gabriel Sarmiento in his sunglasses. Very upset he will not be there.

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

Sorry bro.

Michael (Long Beach, CA)

People are complaining about Alvarez-Hatton when Adrien Broner fought on the same card. Ironic and sad.

Rico (Atlanta, Ga)

Dan,why do you buy into every Golden Boy hype job they throw at us hook line and sinker? It is pitiful.

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

If you actually believe that you are pitiful.

Jeff (Greensboro)

Can you clarify: Is Haye-Wlad also for Haye's belt? I heard talk of a Povetkin-Mormeck fight for his vacant belt.

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

If that happened, it would be for the crappy WBA's REGULAR TITLE!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOO! For a small sanctioning fee, of course.

Hannibal (Detroit)

The Canelo hate needs to come to an end. He's one of the only guys in the sport with mainstream appeal. He gets great ratings and has an exciting style - give the kid a break, y'all.

Cody (Minneapolis)

exactly...adrien broner is the worst thing i've seen on tv since we used to be forced to watch ruiz

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

It wasn't THAt bad.

Kevin (Denver)

Did Oscar find his wallet?

Matt (Cols)

There may be only one Ricky Hatton, but Matthew Hatton would swear he was seeing two or three on Saturday night.

Isai (OKC)

Have any information why Linares turned down the Litzau fight - much more competitive fight than Macklin vs Wright

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

Supposedly wasnt going to be ready, which is unfortunate.

Bush (Pitt)

Dan what exactly is your affiliation with Duke? So you are a Washington Redskins Fan, a Duke Fan, a Yankees Fan and a Lakers fan? Talk about a friggin' cherrypicker

Dan Rafael
  (1:55 PM)

First of all I grew up in upstate NY and have been a lifelong Yankees, Giants and Knicks fan. I became a Duke hoops fan in the mid-80s when I was in high school when I began following college hoops because a classmate of mine was recruited by Duke, played there four years, played in four Final Fours, won a national title and was a co-captain on the national championship team. That's why. Not a cherry picker. Don't make assumptions because you know what that makes right?

Adam (Melbourne, FL)

Dan any updates on Kelly Pavliks next fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

He's on the Pacquiao undercard vs Alfonso Lopez.

Jim (PA)

Is De La Hoya bitter about never getting a rematch with Trinidad?

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

Cheoowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

Paul (Carlsbad)

who was your classmate that played for duke?

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

Greg Koubek.

Ben (Detroit)

Is Briggs's career over?

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

It should be. Paul and Shannon.

Bryan Doverspike (Erie)

Does Solis really have a shot against against Vitali, what are your thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

I think Vitali handles him.

Hannibal (Detroit)

Dan, am I the only one who feels Vic Ortiz has a real chance at an upset with Berto? Or am I just so very much smarter than everyone else?

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

Sure Ortiz has a good chance to win that fight.

Steve (NYC)

How can McCormack get a title shot? He barely won against Fast Fres and Madalone.

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

Because the wretched WBA is a joke that's why. Pretty simple. They are disgusting.

JOE (N.H)

Just watched James Toback's "TYSON" Great movie have you seen it?

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

Yes, saw in in the theater and enjoyed it. A few liberties taken with the order of events, but a solid film.

Brooks (New Hampshire)

Do you think Arum is just blowing smoke by telling King that Mayorga may get a shot at Pacman if he beats Cotto?

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

No, if Mayorga wins I could see Bob trying to make that fght.

Salomon Gaxiola (MEXICO)

Grettings King Freak! In your notebook said that king and arum worked together 5 years, wich fight was it? Thnaks for all the info and here in mexico all my friends who love boxing follow you on twitter!

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

Last fight they did together was Mayweather-Judah.

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

Last fight they did together was Mayweather-Judah.

Alan (South Africa)

72% of the people on a current Sky poll think the ducker's going to win. Is it possible for that many to be that drunk?

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

It's the UK, so yes.

Tom (Sacramento)

How is Alvarez a hype job? He sold 11,700 tix in a down economy and had the highest ratings on HBO BAD in 2 years. Sounds like he is worth the hype. Thats not counting his astronomical tv #'s or ticket sales in Mexico.

Dan Rafael
  (2:06 PM)

More sanity. Thank you.

CHOPPER (Brooklyn)

72% for Haye = Blind (Drunk) Loyalty!

Amain (Las Vegas)

Strategy question: How do you expect Martinez to deal with Dzinziruk's jab?

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

Move his head. He has pretty good head movement, so he should do fine.

skit781 (lynn,ma)

will you be signing autograph at foxwood?

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

For a small sanctioning fee, of couse. (JUST KIDDING!)

Joel (Woodland, CA)

Every Hispanic casual boxing fan I know wants to talk about Canelo.

RC (Houston)

Any news on the site of Froch/Johnson?

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

Nothing yet.

Ricardo (Miami)

Did Canelo really do 1.4 million on HBO?

Dan Rafael
  (2:10 PM)

Yes, according to HBO.

leo (charlotte, NC)

Hey Dan do you agree with bob and don king that HBO is killing the sport of boxing

Dan Rafael
  (2:10 PM)

No. Could HBO do things better? Yes. But Bob and Don have done a lot to hurt boxing themselves over the years. Pot shouldn't call kettle black.

Mitch (Chicago)

In other news, 85% of people in a current Sky poll believe they won the American Revolutionary War

Dan Rafael
  (2:11 PM)

Freak Comment of the Week.

Sean (NJ)

Let's not forget that both Arum and King were involved in the IBF scandal, correct?

Alex (Lousiville)

Jimmy Lamps just said - "There is one simple fact about the heavyweight division. You want to prove you're the best? Go beat a Klitchsko. And good luck." CLASSIC.

Dan Rafael
  (2:13 PM)

He's 100 percent right.

Bert (Minneapolis)

How many times did David Haye himself vote in that SKY poll?

Brian (DC)

What's the best Boxing After Dark fight ever?

Dan Rafael
  (2:14 PM)

Read my blog on the topic from a week or two ago.

Rick (Marina, Ca)

Do you think Chavez Jr will ever fight Canelo, talk about a huge fight in Mexico.

Dan Rafael
  (2:15 PM)

Maybe someday. Not in the near future. No way.

Adam (Melbourne, FL)

Dan do u agree that Lenox Lewis retired b/c he didn't want a rematch with Vitali?

Dan Rafael
  (2:16 PM)

Not at all. He retired becuase he felt it was the right time. He had done everything. He was champ. He was rich. He was going to have a family. He didn't have the drive anymore after boxing since he was a kid. He got out at the exact right time and his legacy grows every day because of it. And remember, he beat Vitali fair and square.

Greg (VA)

Reading Lampley's chat right now, man what a way with words and a class act "I operate from the basic philosophy that the best people in the world are boxing fans. Communicating with them is my life's blood. So thanks to all the boxing fans for watching the sport."

Bryan (PA)

Yeah Dan, but many believed that Vitali would've won the fight if not for the cut? Your thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (2:20 PM)

It doesn't matter. Lennox opened a MASSIVE MASSIVE cut on a clean punch. It resulted in a stoppage. That is a fair and square and completely legit TKO. End of conversation.

Adam (Melbourne, FL)

If u have a competitive bone in your body how can u retire after winning a fight b/c the doctors made Vitali stop beating u

Dan Rafael
  (2:21 PM)

You are just ignorant.

Richard (Oxford, UK)

Is Lampley in the same room as you doing his chat?

Dan Rafael
  (2:22 PM)

No. I am in my hotel room. I do not know where Lampley is doing his chat.

Moses (PHX)

Any news on a Paul Williams opponent yet, anything at all?

Kieran ((presently in Las Vegas))

Also, Michael Grant might have beaten Lennox if Lennox hadn't knocked him out. And if David Tua had been a foot taller, he would ave beaten Lennox too. And Jack johnson would have beaten him if he hadn't been dead and they'd fought.

Dan Rafael
  (2:23 PM)

Exactly! Good job this week my man.

Isai (OKC)

Lennox Lewis retiring after the Vitali fight was one of the best ways to go - giving the fans a tremendous fight and probably the last great heavyweight fight that we have seen.

Keith H (Seattle)

Dan, while Lampley brought quality to the chat, he was out after 15 minutes. Thank you for bring quality and quantity to the weekly Freak Chat.

Dan Rafael
  (2:24 PM)

How dare he challenge me with his primitive skills.

Gary Burton (Beaverton, OR)

Rafael KO5 Lampley!

Dan Rafael
  (2:25 PM)

Dude please. More like KO1.

Brandon (Kansas City)

I hate when people say things like, "Vitali would've won the fight if not for the cut." That's like saying, "He would've won if he didn't get knocked out."

Isai (OKC)

Like him or not, Lewis didn't duck anybody.

Rags (NYC)

Boxing is full of coulda, woulda, shoulda...it was a clean win!

MAtt (Charlotte)

A $850,000 pay day for a guy only hard core boxing fans in the US know ??? HBO is a disgrace..

Dan Rafael
  (2:26 PM)

A massive overpayment, I agree.

Marc (Malden, MA)

Or like Karl Malone walking around saying "I would have won an NBA Title if it wasn't for Michael Jordan."

Kevin (San Diego)

Dan, great news that Ward-Abraham is going to LA, but do they have a date set or a time period when the fight is happening?

Dan Rafael
  (2:27 PM)

May 14.

Nick S (Elgin, IL)

will the ward-abraham fight be on HBO or Showtime?

Dan Rafael
  (2:29 PM)

Seriously?

John Mccain (Washington DC)

"I would have won the 2008 election if i got more votes"!

Leonard Ellerbe (Las Vegas, NV)

Manny vs Floyd would've happened if negotiations had taken place.

Rags (NYC)

I could've won the lottery, just missed by 6 numbers....

Dan Rafael
  (2:31 PM)

Ok, Freaks, thanks for chatting. Going to do a few things before the weigh in for the Martinez-Dzinziruk fight. Check out all the stories on both big fights cards this week, follow me on twitter @danrafaelespn and enjoy a big fight weekend. Talk to you next week. Peace.