Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to our weekly chat! We have FNF tonight and the rematch between Segura and Calderon tomorrow and plenty of fights coming up. So check out all the news stories, the giant notebook, Segura-Calderon preview, various news stories and new blogs -- and don't forget to check the schedule. We can discuss it all. Let's get to it.
The fight is not made yet but Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer told me it is likely. If it happens, I believe Rhodes will be far more competitive than Hatton. It is a legit fight Canelo.
Judah-Marquez would be a very, very expensive fight for live HBO. I believe it would do well on PPV, maybe in the 300,000 range. That's a lot of business to take shorter money on HBO when these are older guys. I like the fight and would be interested if it happened. As a PPV, it's not a mega event, but it is worthwhile.
Not a bad comparison.
Woud you consider Cotto/Mayorga a FOTY candidate? It was an entertaining all action fight!
Good fight, but falls short of being a true FOY candidate. An honorable mention perhaps, but no chance to be the actual FOY.
With Juanma saying on camera that he wants to fight Gamboa next, what are the odds that Arum makes that their next fight later in 2011?
I don't think the fight happens in 2011, but I do think there is a good chance that if they keep winning we could see it in the first quarter of 2012.
TGI-Rafael! Let's hear it Dan! Who ya got: Calderon vs. Segura rematch
The official pick: Segura by knockout again.
Im diggin' the PPV card April 9th. One of the best PPV's in a very long time!
Pretty good card, yes, but let's not get that carried away!
No official date yet, they just made the deal to host the fight there. Probably in about two weeks.
Whats the word on Sergio Martinez next fight?
TBA. They are talking to HBO. Martinez and crew hope to go in July.
Do they sell the delusion that Victor Ortiz has in stores? I want to buy a bottle.
When you find out what Victor Ortiz has been smoking please let me know so I can go get some of that.
I was unimpressed with Pirog last week. I hope that is 8 months of ring rust and not a prelude of things to come.
I was also quite unimpressed.
Do you see HBO doing a tribute piece to Gill Clancy on its next telecast?
No idea, I am not an HBO producer but I would be surprised if they did not at least mention it. Gil was a part of HBO Sports for many years and very well respected by the people of HBO Sports.
Craig D. wants seats next to Rachel Cordingley.
So do we all!
DanMa - how do you see the main even ending tonight for Hammering Hank?
Lundy "should" win. But who knows? Lopez is a tough guy, but Lundy has more skills and is fresher and faster.
Prediction on Helenius-Peter? I think I'm going with Peter actually.
I've gone back and forth. I really don't know. Peter has disappointed so much in recent fights against decent opponents.
whats worse having kidney stones or mayweather wanting 100 million to fight.
I posed your question to my wife. Mrs. DTM has had kidney stones and here is her answer: "I think "worse" doesn't work, because it's something ridiculously painful vs. something obscenely stupid." And there you have it from the boss.
The Klistchko brothers won't drop down to 140, because they're afraid of me
Dan - We want Pics of Mrs DTM
When I get to 100,000 followers on twitter @danrafelespn
Why did Manny Pacquiao delete his twitter, then decided to bring it back?
I don't know, but he is back on twitter. I would assume it is to help promote his upcoming fight.
What stood out to you the most when you covered your first fight ringside? Was it the sound of the punches, the determination of the fighters, the chess match, the skill or anything else ?
It was the giant spot of George Heckley's blood that landed in the middle of my notebook after Buddy McGirt nailed him. That blood changed my life.
Any news on the health (shoulder) of Edwin Rodriguez? When is he scheduled to fight next?
I saw Edwin at Foxwoods a few weeks ago when I was there for the Sergio Martinez fight and he said the shoulder was much better and he anticipated fight this summer.
How about the winner of Judah-Marquez vs. winner of Berto-Ortiz; ultimate winner gets Pacquiao or Mayweather?
I would prefer the winner of a proposed Judah-JMM fight to fight the winner of the July 23 Bradley-Khan fight (assuming Khan wins April 16). And that ultimate winner get Pacquiao or Mayweather.
Any news on cotto vs margarito rematch talks and venue
It's being discussed, but it's early. Likely Las Vegas in mid-July.
Dan Juan - As a freak...I just wanted to say thanks for the shout out last week on FNF! Are you on again tonight?
Gotta shout out to the Fight Freaks! No, I will not be on the show tonight. However, I will be in studio on April 15 hanging with my man BK.
Breaking news from the Bat Email.
Am told that Warriors Boxing today won a purse bid for the IBF 140 eliminator between Victor Cayo and Lamont Peterson for $25,000. Warriors was the only bidder, I am told.
Who did you have winning in the Hopkins-Calzaghe match?
Jean Pascal needs to spend less time trying to get into B-Hop's head (an impossible task) and more time on conditioning so he doesn't fade after 5 rounds.
Could not agree more.
I thought Cayo was fighting Coleman ?
Not necessarily. He could be facing Peterson on the FNF card if Peterson accepts the outcome of the purse bid.
Dan that qualifies as news these days? No wonder boxing is dead
The morons apparently are out today. This is a boxing chat. When I hear tidbits about fights it is my job to tell the people in this chat, which by their being here indicates that they enjoy the sport of boxing and are interested in the goings on in the sport. If you don't why are you here?
Lots of interest in the Cayo-Peterson fight, it seems...that'd be a good one for FNF.
Agreed. That's an excellent FNF fight.
I didn't even think of Rachel...OMG if me and my Pops (shout out to Big D.) sit anywhere near Rachel one of our heads is gonna explode. She is a big step up from the Corona girls (shout out to the Corona girls).
In honor of the great Nick Charles, I am JUICED UP for this chat!!!!
DTM....nice to see Nick Charles last weekend!
Agreed. It was great.
Happy Friday DTM!!! Mrs. DTM rules!!! Match.com does not offer women like that :-(
So so so true.
I really have never understood why people read these chats if they are going to badmouth you, your writing, or the sport of boxing.
I dont care if people want to jab me or badmouth me. I couldn't care less. But why somebody would act so upset because during the course of a boxing chat I imparted a real time news tidbit is beyond me.
I'm telling you, Maidana never dropped Victor in that fight!
Dan I love your proposed JMM-Judah, Bradley-Khan, Pacquiao idea but I thought Khan stated he would never face Pacman?
The scenario I laid out is so unlikely anyway. And who knows if Khan and Manny were the last two standing anyway? The scenario also leaves open the possibility of a Mayweather-Marquez rematch, wich nobody would want to see. So I was musing.
do u think the judah vs jmm fight will come off
It will depend on whether JMM decides to accept a contract extension from Golden Boy.
So that means Cayo and Peterson would get $12,500 each? I don't think Peterson would accept that when he has been offered more recently
Yes. Peterson has no other place to legitimately go and if he wins, he is in line for a title bout. It is a very winnable fight for him too and I believe worth taking.
What was the last fight you saw in person outside the US?
Probably when I was in Cancun, Mexico to cover Oleg Maskaev-Sam Peter and Nate Campbell-Juan Diaz about three years ago.
What time does Duke play this weekend?
Good question. I need to check the guide.
Will you be in Los Angeles on 4/23?
Could we please stop talking about boxing in this boxing chat? For God sakes!! and Dan I would appreciate if you, as a boxing writer for ESPN, would stop writing about boxing. Thanks.
Did DiBella go completely off the deep end when Zbik-JCC Jr. was finalized for HBO?
Not possible. DiBella lives in the deep end.
repost: Any official word that it will be Wladimir v. Haye?
By the way, here is the link to today's notes if you have not read them: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/columns/story?columnist=rafael_dan&id=6279779
And here is the link to the Segura-Calderon story: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/columns/story?columnist=rafael_dan&id=6279789
And here is the link to today's blog: http://espn.go.com/sports/boxing/blog/_/name/rafael_dan/id/6279785/lemieux-eyes-breakout-victory
""I really have never understood why people read these chats if they are going to badmouth you, your writing, or the sport of boxing."Because some boxing "fans" seem to live solely for negativity?
Unfortunately, true. And pathetic.
What are the chances JMM resigns with Golden Boy? While I think JMM-Judah would be exciting, I don't see how it helps his career or legacy. If he wants Pacquiao he's going to need to sign with Top Rank.
I think there is a chance. Marquez has a great legacy regardless of what happens and there is no guarantee he gets Pacquiao anyway.
Going on a job interview - Any advice Dan?
Make sure your fly is zipped up.
Any word on Vargas' postponed comeback fight?
Nothing since it was called off because Vargas was supposedly ill.
Im really liking the Canelo-Mayorga... whoever canelo fights will always be an interesting fight
Agreed. It would be a fun fight.
Is it feasible for JMM to remain a free agent and try to do one shot deals with Duva for Judah, Arum for Pacman, etc.?
Are you Going to the Vegas fights next weekend?
Yes, I'll be in Vegas starting next Thursday for the Morales-Maidana card and then at Foxwoods the following week for the Berto-Ortiz fight. Then home for a couple of weeks and then to Vegas again for Pacquiao-Mosley.
Dan, when the Kentucky fans ask you when Duke is playing, just show them this link.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY-iq58_oz4
Thank you for making my day. That game is one of the all-time highlights of life as a sports fan, up there with the some Yankee moments and the Giants Super Bowl victories.
Dan, I'm not even a Duke fan and it is no doubt one of the greatest plays ever in sports. Laettner is one of the best college b-ball has ever seen or ever will.
Did you get to watch the whole episode 1 of Fight Camp 360 for Pac-Mosely? How does it compare to past 24/7's HBO has done for Manny? Looking forward to watching it on CBS tomorrow!
I have only watched the brief preview, not the whole episode.
Cayo vs Peterson is a great match up and great test for both fighhters I hope it gets made!
Dan, do you think Ran Nakash has any shot of being Marco Huck?
Not much of one.
Manfredo Jr or Pirog, who's next for Sergio Martinez?
I don't know who WILL be next but I know it WON'T be Pirog.
Dan, read the notes and I thought all the blogs, but didn't see the Ortiz comments. Is there a link? Thanks.
I tweeted some of his remarks from yesterday's conference call.
When do we get the Dan Rafael/Bill Simmons stare down?
Not sure. He's ducking me.
Whatever happened to Ayudin and Erdei fighting on the Berto-Ortiz undercard as originally scheduled??
Aydin took a fight in Berlin instead and Erdei was put off until June 4 to buy some time in the event he got a bigger fight.
Has Victor Ortiz ever talked tough like that before yesterday's conference call?
Not that I recall. Victor is saying some outlandish things.
loved the "manny, floyd; floyd, manny" tweets...
I got an insane amount of reaction to that, which surprised me.
Totally! I will be watching. Let's go Undertaker!!! The Streak will live!! 19-0!!!
Has Shannon Briggs stopped his (literal) huffing and puffing at you? That was pathetic.
Dan, do you think some of the boxing media is overdoing the fact that Alexander/Bradley was a stinker? They are getting to the point of acting like making the fight was a bad idea. Had the fight not been made I bet they would be crying about "boxing not making the best fights"
I agree. I am glad the fight was made. I would have made it also. But I am not sure I would have paid as much for it or made the kinds of concessions it took to make it. A big part of the negativity was the site, which HBO does not control. But I agree -- there was a ridiculous overreaction to it because it did not turn out to be a great fight and it did not capture the interest of the public as much as HBO had hoped. But it was still good that it was made.
Bill "The Ducker" Simmons?
Doesn't seem like there has been much mention of it but seeing Nick Charles on HBO's telecast was awesome to me. I really enjoyed every bit of that in what was covering a not-so-exciting fight. That made the night for me.
Dan - who promotes L Peterson?
He is a free agent.
Hi Dan - I've been asking every week....but i was wondering if you know if the ring magazine has discontinued their annual boxing almanac. I'm concerned that my complete collection will not remained intact.
I have no idea.
Would someone give Pascal a history lesson? You're honestly going to give B-Hop, who always performs better when under a microscope, extra motivation? Pascal was lucky to get a draw last time, he'll be lucky if he does not get knocked out!
Dan! Any word on Alexander-Mattysse
Yeah, June 25, HBO, probably in The Lou.
victor ortiz vs brandon rios, any chance of that happening?
Do you follow boxing?
What's up BLOOD?!
pretty sure the Ring Almanac has been discontinued! They mentioned it on Facebook late last year. Please spread the word!
I currently live in the Philippines, and the Donaires' comments against the Pacquiaos have truly disenfranchised them with the general public.
Those comments are going to haunt Donaire it seems to me.
DTM, big shout out to the fight card GBP is putting on 4/9, my buddy & I got our tix and heading up next weekend. where should we be hanging out before the fight next weekend?
MGM should be buzzing!
Which is more exciting: Undertaker vs. Triple H, or Segura vs Calderon II?
I gotta go with Undertaker-HHH. That match will be EPIC!
New rule for the chat: Please stop asking if Top Rank Fighter A is going to fight Golden Boy Fighter B. Not going to happen in the near or far future.
As a proud born and raised Montrealer Dan, I must admit that Pascal is embarassing my city and giving it a black eye with that horrible performance in the 1st fight and the silly "take the test" fiasco. David Lemieux; now that's a boxer that represents us well.
Dandy Dan - you think Ortiz was talking tough to try and psyche himself out & get pumped b/c that stuff he was saying was just craziness?!!
I have no idea, but he is living in an alternate universe. I dont think Ortiz has a lot of confidence.
Great news to hear that GB is putting the undercards on a free preview for next weeks fight. Tell Richard Schaefer all the freeks said thank you
What are your thoughts on Ortiz-Berto?
I like the fight and look forward to it.
Will you be in the UK for the Khan fight?
No, I will be in Connecticut for Berto-Ortiz.
Hey Danno, you are what?....40 something yet you have the insane stamina to endure these marathon chats week after week....C'mon man.....you MUST be on something....TAKE THE TEST!!!!!!!
WILL YOU TAKE THE TEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????
iron man dan, arreola was lookin fit for the presser for his next fight..could it be hes taking training seriously now?
That is what he and the team are saying.
Dan, any validity to the rumor of Vitali fighting Sergei Liakhovich in June?
Did you read the notebook today?
TAKE THE TEST!!!!!!!!!
Hey Dan, Lemieux's quote,"I'm taking Rubio seriously, I actually think he's better than either of the guys I'd fight next". Nice shot at Chavez Jr and Zbik.
He may be right.
Hey DTM. Sometimes I take the letters in a boxer's name... and then I rearrange 'em!!! Freak status?
Not at all, but it does sound like some kind of odd mental issue. Good luck with that.
Hope those seats next to Ms. Cordingley comes with a set of earmuffs.......
what do you think of luis maldanado as a late replacement for castillo? i think it upgraded the card from an "i'll pass" to a "i think i'll check this out."
On two days' notice it's solid.
Dan, I'm losing my father to bone cancer the way we are losing Nick Charles to bladder cancer. I was pretty moved by the last HBO BAD telecast and their inclusion of Nick. That's what people with cancer want, not to be excluded. Thanks HBO!
Wrestlemania? really? This is my writer?
I CAN'T WAIT!!!!! Little known fact: As a teen, my father took me to WrestleMania I at Madison Square Garden. Somewhere, I still have the program.
Memo to 'Taker and HBO boxing: Go back to your old music, it's iconic!!!!
"That blood changed my life." How so? Was that the blood that turned you into the Dananimal that you are King Freak?
Yes. It made me go from boxing fan to obsessed freak. Had that not happened I would not be doing what I do today. And I once explained it all to Buddy McGirt many years later when we saw each other at a fight hotel. He looked at me like I was a nut job, so instead of calling me "Dan" he called me "Blood" when I would see him.
Dan - Your notebook was so long (thank you!) that I couldn't finish it in time before my daughter woke up. I've now gotten her ready and off to school, finished the notebook, and will try to catch up on the transcript. Your notebook is nearly a newspaper section!
I am glad you like.
I know you like Thomas Dulorme, but what about Jose Pedraza? I think he is even better. I don't know much about the promotional side - are they in the right hands with DiBella, Shaw, and Universal?
I have not seen Pedraza yet but he has many people raving about him. I'll see a tape soon enough. They are certainly with experienced promoters who will be able to work with them in Puerto Rico as well as in the US.
Is there a minimum for purse bids? Or if someone is the only bidder do they kick themselves for not going way lower?
Some organizations have minimums for certain divisions, others do not.
Finally, The Legion of Doom gets to the HOF!
YES!! Nastiest tag team ever.
Do fighters have access to the offical fight scale before the actual weigh-in? I've weighed myself three times this week on three different scales and it's all over the board -- glad I don't have to count on my weight for a living...
Yes, they usually can check their weight on the official scale.
Dantino Marella, Has the TV line-up for the April 9th PPV been announced yet? Also, is it an actual HBO PPV? Look forward to the note book and the chat every Friday!
Yes, it's an actual HBO PPV, as in Lample will do the blow by blow with the HBO announcers, it will look like an HBO telecast. The PPV lineup is Morales-Maidana, Katsidis-Guerrero, Kirkland-Ishida and Malignaggi-Jose Cotto. Other undercard fights will be available for free in the preview before the actual PPV begins.
Any idea on how the Donaire signing with GBP is going to end? It doesn't seem, at least initially, like it's working out like they had planned
I have no idea. It is now in the hands of the legal system.
Favorite wrastler besides Taker? Mine is and always will be Austin 3:16 from 1998-2000
Jimmy Superfly Snuka, hands down.
April 9th: FINALLY the Raf has come back to Vegas...
I was there in late Feb. Hasn't been that long.
Dan, Did you see the dude singing and playing a weird looking instrument before the Pirog fight last week? I thought I had the wrong internet feed for a minute.
Yeah, that was odd. Not sure what the heck that was. Kinda looked like Casey from American Idol playing his big bass.
And when I hear that trumpet soundI'm going to rise right out of the groundAin't no grave, can hold the AHHHHHH Love Child down.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child.
Garcia vs. Campbell will be shown on free preview correct? Is Garcia ready or is GB counting on Campbell being finished?
Yes, the fight is supposed to be part of the free preview, according to Richard Schaefer.
Justin in Missouri, you're an idiot. Look at the schedule and follow the stories Dan posts. Just because you're from Missouri doesn't mean you have to act like an idiot.
What would happen if Sergei Liakhovich aka Siarhei Lyakhovich was a question in the ESPN spelling bee? DQ?
Well if I was in the Beeee I would get it right.
Dan, do you know if you made the final cut of the Klitschko documentary? Looking forward to seeing the film.
I would imagine I am in it somewhere. I sat for like an hour-plus being interviewed for the film. But I was also interviewed for that long for the Kassim Ouma and was only in there maybe once.
have you spoken to roy jones about his decision to continue fighting and have you tried to talk him out of it at all?
I spoke with Roy about it in AC last week and wrote a blog about it this week, which you should read. I did not try to talk him out of it. That is not my job and I do not get personally involved like that with fighters. If Roy asked me my opinion I would tell him, but it is not my place to sit there with him and try to talk him out of doing something or into doing something.
Dan why is it okay for Hopkins to act the way he acts and hit Jean Pascal? Why no condemnation of the thuggish Hopkins continuing to get into scuffles?
Who said it was OK? I thought it was stupid and unprofessional.
Dan, do you get a lot of profanity and personal insults sent into you in these chats? I can only imagine how hateful some people can be.
Thousands. It is quite ridiculous.
So is Omar Henry so satisfied with his magnificent accomplishments that he has decided to retire? After all, he is the greatest fighter in the hirstory of forever.
Most people on the entire planet earth couldn't care less if Omar Henry fights, doesn't fight or whatever. He is only hurting himself.
ErisDANdy, what do you attribute Lara's less than stellar performance against Molina last Friday night to? I was at the fight and shocked how poorly Lara looked compared to usual!
No idea, but it was an awful performance that he won't soon live down.
Hey Dan, Can't wait for the Fight Camp episode tomorrow on CBS no less. Even if you don't like the fight, you must Support the Sport.
Papa Gary Shaw just IM'd me to let the Freaks know that he is in Puerto Rico with his new crop of prospects, Pedraza, DuLorme and Gonzales.
Also, your take on BHop - Pascal 2? I think it will be razor thin again.
I'm interested in the fight. I want to see if BHop can perform at that level again at his age and to see if Pascal can step it up against an old man.
Have you ever thought about how amazing technology has evolved from when you first starting writing? The Internet, BlackBerrys, Chats, Twitter, etc. What did you use when you first started? A typewriter and landline phone?
You are so right. When I started my career the internet did not exist. In my college newspaper office we had an AP ticket that spit out the news stories on paper and then we typed them into a computer. Crazy.
Papa Gary Shaw has informed that he is wearing a sweat suit in Puerto Rico as we speak. "Navy blue with light blue T shirt. Match, match." LOL!!
Raf Macchio. Did you see Oscar's typically inane tweet at you saying that you didn't have your facts right and that you're "a Bob guy". Could you please elaborate?
I saw it. Oscar must have been drinking too much tequilla that night. Cheoowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.
Good morning, Dan. Busy day and a late start to the Chat. I'd like to propose that the Freaks raise a Sprite and have a toast to the now late Gil Clancy. He was one of the greats!
Your random thoughts blogs are my favorite. Thank you sir, keep up the hard work!
Greatest tweet ever: I'd like you guys, @mannypacquiao and @floydmayweather, to meet each other. Manny this is Floyd. Floyd this is Manny. Do you want to fight?
OMG I got insane feedback after that tweet and people were re-tweeting it like CRAZY!! I was amused by it. I wrote it because Manny is now back on twitter with a verified account.
Just getting it out of the way, Dan. NO, Anne Wolfe will not be training Kirkland next week...
Any news on if any negotiations for Bute-Kessler have taken place yet Dan?
Nothing specific that I am aware of.
I thought Jhonny Gonzalez showed a lot of class with his statement about Japan. But I still think Hasegawa will be able to handle him fairly easily.
I don't know about easily, but I agree that Hasegawa should be the favorite and win the fight.
what's the deal with the Segura-Calderon undercard? I don't know any of the fighters and none of them are ranked, are they good fights or are they phoning it in?
They are some matches that should produce some good action.
Does Abdul have a timetable on Mike Alvarado's return? Kid seemed on the verge of big things 2 years ago and jail time & injuries seemed to have signficantly slowed that train....
TR matchmaker Brad "Abdul" Goodman told me probably in June sometime.
Danabara- What was up with Pascal at the press conf accusing B Hop of PED's. Was it for promotion or was he being serious. I don't think B Hop is the guy you want to get under his skin? What do you think?
I have no idea what Pascal was thinking. But if he was really concerned he should have asked for testing in the negotiation. I have covered BHop for 11 years and I have never ever heard, not even hinted at in any way, shape or form, that BHop was dirty.
props to Mrs DTM
do u think that montiel will get a rematch against donaire?
LOL. NO. Been out boozing?
I read on the notebook that Vitali may fight again in June. Is there any reason why he can't fight Adamek in June? Why was the fight set so far down the road in September?
Adamek fights next week and the date is in September because the fight is tied to a new soccer stadium in Poland.
Hey Dan, love your stuff you are great. I am actually a Junior in Journalism and want to follow in your footsteps. I want to graduate and write for a large publication, and be their senior Boxing writer in four or five years. Any career advice is appreciated.
Work hard, cover lots of things and expect to spend many years being poor.
D$, what would the proposed money be for a May/Pac fight be if the split was 50/50, 50 mil each??
It would all depend on how much is generated.
Journalism is a tougher gig than ever these days....
Is there any possible opponents for Maravilla yet?
HBO and DiBella are beginning to discuss opponents. DiBella wants to match him with Manfredo, whom he also promotes.
Is Andrade gonna fight anyone with a pulse yet? I think it?s time he stepped up to the next level.
Pulse? Please. No pulses allowed.
Cotto vs canelo at some point next year?
Think about who promotes each and then think for a moment please.
Degale-Groves, who you pickin'?
Love DeGale in that fight.
Dan has any fighter had an emotional breakdown in front of u while u were interviewing them
Are Benny and The Colonel calling the fight tomorrow?
Benny is calling it with Al Bernstein. Colonel is still recovering from some problems that had him in the hospital for quite awhile.
Hi Dan congrats on your recent 7th anniversary with Mrs. DTM. Forgive me if you have put it up before, but you could tell us the story on how you guys met?
Thanks. We met because I was a sportswriter at The Saratogian newspaper in upstate New York and she got hired there a while later as a copy editor in her first job out of college.
Dan, I agree, Marquez-Judah would likely have to be a PPV, but I think Richard Schaefer knows that the card would need to be bolstered by a solid undercard to make it unquestionably justified. Agree?
Agreed and based on Richard's recent undercards, he really does try to put on PPV undercards that are legitimate and interesting to hardcore fans.
If the JMM-Judah fight were to be made, who would you pick Dan? Urine or the shower door? I gotta pick JMM, urine over the shower door in a good splash...I meant clash.
Shower Door vs. Urine!!!!!!!
Who you got on American Idol?
Pia or James.
Still watching "Taking on Tyson"?
Yes, but kinda losing interest.
bwt..lets go yanks!!
Hey Dan, any chance Martinez fights at Foxwoods or somewhere in New England for his next fight?
If he fights Manfredo you can figure it would be in Providence.
Carl Froch said on UK radio last night that the site is still not sorted out for the Johnson fight and fighting in the UK was still a possibility. Is he talking any truth?
The fight is not in the UK. I have no idea what Froch is talking about. The site deal is done and the Showtime contract calls for the semis and finals to be in North America.
Danno, great blog the other day about how hard it's going to be to sell Ward vs Abraham. There is no doubt in my mind that Ward is going to wipe the floor with "King" Arthur. What do you see next for him after he wins the tourney? and how popular do you think he can be outside of Oakland?
If Andre wins the tourney the obvious fight is with Bute, who is now with Showtime for the very reason to fight the Super Six winner (if he keeps winning).
D$ I read in your blog that you hate the Super Six Tournament. Why do you hate it man?! It's the best fighting the best.
Are you crazy? Do you know how to read? I love the Super Six. I am simply disappointed that it worked out that a guy coming off two massive one-sided losses in the tourney is in the semis.
You have technology in place to filter out curse words? Seems like nothing has ever slipped thru.
If you curse in your post I simply will not post it, simple.
Have you ever been to theHome Depot Center for a fight and if so how was it? Been to all of Ward's Super Six fights and plan on seeing him in the finals against Carl Fraud!! Hope it's not too hot that day...
I have been there before and it's a nice arena. It's really for tennis but it is set up nicely for boxing.
I confess: Marquez-Judah intrigues me.
Funny thing is, most people I have heard from on twitter and in this chat agree with you and me.
Andre Ward isnt nailed on for the Super Six, Don't count out Carl Froch, he's a true warrior and showed he can box too against Abraham!
Agreed. And if Froch wins the Super Six, a Froch-Bute fight would be great too.
Bat Email! Heard from Richard Schaefer confirming that Macklin pulled out of the April 16 fight against Gevor and has been offered a shot at Sturm this summer.
I spent some of my honeymoon savings on the khan maidana fight and took my best mate instead of my wife to the fight. Freak status?
Yes, but perhaps a divorced Freak.
Dan, Tomas Dulorme looks like a hell of a prospect IMO. Your thoughts on his future?
I've seen him exactly once, in person on the Martinez-Dzinziruk undercard. I was very impressed and based on that performance, I want to see a lot more of him. I will get the chance in two week because he is on the Berto-Ortiz undercard.
Marquez-Judah is a great matchup I think. Hope it happens!
DTM, Got my tickets for the May 21st show at o2 in London today. Do you think Cleverly wins vs Braehmer? Its a pick'em fight for me...
I like that show a lot. I lean to Cleverly.
How does beating Jonnie White earn the White Wolf a title shot?
It shouldn't. Honestly, and I am not being a hater, but I have seen White a few times and he is literally one of the worst heavyweights I have ever seen with a good record. He cannot fight even a little bit. Liakhovich should blow him out easily. If he doesn't, it would be incredible to me.
Any chance Andre Ward fights somewhere other then Oakland?
Yeah, Carson you dope.
April Fools day and no jokes? How about something like Mayweather admits he doesn't have a gambling problem, David Haye will be fined if he pulls out of a fight again or Joan Guzman made weight?
Floyd posted a tweet pic and he placed a 90 thousand dollar bet on Duke a while back. Did you happen to see that one Dan?
Missed that one. My life simply won't be complete now.
I just read that Prizefighter is on American TV on FuelTV....how did i miss this??? it's on tonight
I noticed it too and set my DVR to see what they are going to show. I have probably seen it because I get the DVDs of all those shows, but it's cool that it will be on US TV. There are several airings this weekend.
Dan, more delusional: Mayweather and his 100 million dollar fee or Odlanier Solis calling Vitali a zero fighter and demanding a rematch?
Wow. That is a draw if ever there was one.
Dan - Will you take the test? Do it for the freaks Dan. TAKE THE TEST! TAKE THE TEST! TAKE THE TEST!!!
I can't take the pressure!!!!!!
Dan, Great notebook and blogs this week. This might sound crazy, but am all in for mayorga-Alveraz. Whats the chances of this fight getting done?
If Alvarez wins his June fight I think it's certainly possible.
How did the tv numbers and the internet numbers do for the Vitali fight on Epix ?
I don't know the exact numbers but the execs from Epix were giddy over it. They said they had the highest traffic ever on their website. They were very happy even if the fight itself was a disappointment.
Dan, I don't care what you say, I'm excited for Abraham-Ward and I have loved the Super Six tournament.
That is great. We are all entitled to our own opinions. You don't have to agree with me.
Do you see Tom Zbikowski as a legitimate prospect or is he just an attraction with OK ability?
A work in progress. Who knows? Obviously, he needs a LOT of work. But he attracts a lot of attention and the fight last week was certainly entertaining.
did you ever meet gil clancy?
Yes, a few times earlier in my career. A real gentleman.
Is it pretty easy for you to tell when the regulars on here have been drinking????
Just started twitter so you can keep you in my pocket ! freak status ??
That sounds like a threat.
Anyone who thinks Alvarez is going to walk through Ryan Rhodes then think again. Alvarez didn't have the power to stop Matthew Hatton (who isn't even seen as a domestic title winner at best in the UK)...Rhodes is a proper Light Middle and if Cotto's fat brother can wobble Canelo then Rhodes can stop him...No doubt!
Well said. An actual smart comment from a Brit! Congrats! :)
Just logged to chat and only one question on Gamboa???? It's scary how much he is improving from fight to fight. What will it take for him to generate enough buzz? He is as close to a "must watch" fighter as there is right now.
I agree. He just needs to keep doing it. Remember, he has only 20 fights and has not been all that active. Rome wasn't built in a day.
April 1st headline: Derrick "Smoke" Gainer is moving up in weight to fight John Ruiz on the Williamson/Byrd II undercard.... In a related story 17 boxing fans called "freaks?" committed mass suicide.
By the way, if you missed yesterday's random thoughts blog, here is the link: http://espn.go.com/sports/boxing/blog/_/name/rafael_dan/id/6276882/arum-top-rank-celebrate-45-years-biz
I agree with Matty. I'd be much more excited about an Alavarez-Rhodes fight than Alvarez-Mayorga.
Dan question how much money does professional sparring partners make
All depends. Could be a few hundred bucks per session up to thousands a week. Totally depends on the level of the fight and payday of the main fighter.
That sparring partner question made me think of this story, the last one I wrote for USA TODAY before leaving for ESPN (in fact it was published several weeks after I had already left the paper): http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tenworstjobs-2-sparringpartner.htm
Dan, the mandatory between Pongsaklek and Sosa seems to be an interesting matchup. I know it's still early and depends on the purse bid, but what are the odds that fight ends up in Mexico rather than Asia?
Really have no idea. I would love to see Pongsaklek come out of Asia for a serious fight. But, like you said, depends on if they make a deal or who wins the bid.
Dan - you think there is a good chance at us actually getting to see that possible match up between Cloud & Erdei?
I think there's a decent shot.
What does Don King use in his hair??!!!
That is classified.
I can't be the only one asking about Gamboas IBF belt, whats the deal?
I have asked the IBF and not gotten a response. I also quoted Gamboa's manager in the story I wrote after the fight. It is unclear. As one of Top Rank's people told me when I asked about it this week, "It's a clusterf---"
Where am I?
At the pound?
A lot of people knock Frank Warren over here, but he knows how to put together a good card. DeGale-Groves going to be big!
People knock all major promoters, but you can't deny that Frank is one of the best at what he does.
I just can't see Judah-Marquez happening. Do you think this fight will actually come off?
I think there is a definite possibility.
Dantonio Holmes: If Cotto beats Margacheato and then retires, is he a HOFer?
Very good possibility.
April 1st EXTRA EXTRA: Golden Boy and Top Rank merge into "Golden Rank!", David Haye agrees to figh both Klitchko brothers at the same time, and Mayweather lays down a $100,000 bet for Pacquiao in an upcoming "Pacquiao vs Mayweather" fight...
Pay the man, Shirley!
Mickey Ward and Dicky Eklund on FNFs! WINNING
They will be in studio tonight! Should be fun.
Shower door vs. Urine: the messy, steamy splash of a clash
FYI, I heard Gamboa lost his IBF title because he gained too much weight between the weigh-in and the day of the fight.
Not true because he did not go the Saturday morning weight check. According to his people, the bout agreement they signed stated the fight with Solis was only for the WBA title, not the IBF title. They did not pay an IBF sanction fee either, they said.
Would you rather: (1) Drink a Warm Glass of Marquez Pee, (2) Hang out with Jose Sulaiman & Gilberto Mendoza, Jr. for a week, or (3) Eat one of Valuev's homemade Chocolate bars?
Probably rather go with No. 4: A bottle of pills.
Does Oscar De La Hoya smell good?
DanO, Glad to hear Dawson reconsidered. He seems to really be losing the freaks interest very quickly.
To be clear, it wasn't Dawson, it was his team.
Are you excited as I am for the comeback of Luis Collazo?
Counting the miliseconds.
Dan thanks for the usa today article on sparring partners alot of good info
That was a fun article to do.
How come networks can't show heavyweight fights. ESPN2 had a decent scrap in Boswell- Mcall they didn't show. Showtime won;t show Aerola- Nagy which won't be bad.
ESPN2 probably will show a solid heavyweight fight as the May 27 FNF opener -- Tony Thompson vs Mo Harris in an IBF eliminator. For an opening fight, that's interesting.
Does Solis realize what a doofus he looks like saying the crap he did about Vitali? What a bitter clown.
You should be sponsored and do a 24 hour chat, that would be cool
I would totally do that.
Dan is Manny Pac headed toward Ali ICON status, he is in my opinion a Rock Star
Not sure anyone will be as big as Ali, but Manny is about as close as it gets since Ali.
Faster hands: Gamboa or Pacman?
Dan, we all know that Mrs. DTM pics come with 100,000 Twitter followers. But what can we get at the next milestone of 20,000? I'm thinking a pic of your fight tape room.
To follow-up on Liam's point, you should set up a site where the freaks could sponsor you by making donations to a charity of your choice during this 24 hr marathon chat. Somehow, Suleman may try and extract a sanctioing fee, of course.
I like it, I like it. The 24-hour Fight Chat Freakathon!
A 24 hr chat would be awesome -- go for the Guinness world chat record, Dan! (the book, not the beer). You could do it!
some1 on a message board told me that you are paid to hype up the Klits brothers and make fun of Havid Daye to get them into a fight. is that true?
And at 1,000,000 followers you have to release a sex tape
If you did a 24 hour chat Dan would you line up special guests to join you at certain hours? Max Kellerman at 2pm, Larry Merchant at 4pm, Popo and Thunder at 6pm. Lets get this made Dan.
Dan you have to admit that Jose Sulaiman has been in the boxing game forever and has had a wonderful impact. He has a great heart, despite all his corruption
April Fools Day!!!!!!!!
April 1st headline: Rocky Juarez Wins World Title!
OK let's see your April Fools Day boxing headlines Freaks!
The 24-hour Fight Chat Freakathon!can you imagine what the freaks would come up with in the wee hours the morning? it's so frightening that I must see it happen.
That would be pretty sick wouldn't it?
April 1st headline: Bill Simmons' Chat Lasts Longer Than Dan Rafael's chat!
Headline: Leonard Ellerbe does admit to remembering everything! (Total Recall)
Sam Peters Thinking About Dropping Down To Cruiserweight!(April Fools!)
April 1st: Dirrell Remembers doctors name!
April 1st, 2011: Scientists announced that they have successfully cloned a Mr. Richard Hatton of Great Britain.
Headline: " ESPN Boxing Writer Dan Rafael to fly to Reno to cover a Joey Gilbert fight "
Floyd fights Manny and donates purse to charity
Headline: Don King cuts his hair and begins to promote Mike Tyson and his pigeon racing.
April 1st Headline: Vitali agrees to immediate rematch with Solis.
The WBC has announced from this point forward that there will be no required sanctioning fees and is hereby retiring all Silver, Diamond, interim and emeritus championships.
April 1 - Las Vegas - Antonio Margarito wins National Sportsmanship Award.
April 1st Headline: Joan Guzman weighs-in at amazing 139.999 pounds for upcoming fight at JWW
April 1st headline: Kieran Mulvaney taught dan everything he knows
April 1st: You all understand what I am saying!!
EXTRA! Winky Wright Found!
Headline : Malignaggi wins by KO !
April 1st headline: Bob Arum to promote Oscar De La Hoya comeback fight.
April 1st: Pacquiao- Mayweather SIGNED!!!!!!!!!!!
Headline: Boxer retires.....and actually stays freakin retired!
April 1st, 2011: Wolfe to Train Kirkland
The WBC's ratings are completely legitimate, and respected by all commentators.
" Hartford to host next Manny Pacquiao fight "..... it can happen... gotta have hope Dan...
April 1, 2011 - Evander Holyfield and Roy Jones Jr. announce their retirement from boxing.
Headline: Cristobal Arreola trurns down a free meal at Taco Bell
April 1st: David Haye fights Audley Harrison........oh wait that did happen
Headline: Jose Sulaiman resigns. Dan Rafael named new prez 4 life
April 1st: Mayweather Considers Fighting Paul SpadaforaOh wait. That's a real headline.
April 1: Valuev flushes once.
April 1st, 2011: Shaw To Wear Tuxedo
Headline: Andre Berto does a fight against someone we actually care about for under 1 million.
Headline: Dibella calm and collected at Martinez fight.
April 1st headline - Paul Williams won the secound round
Lou Dibella gives up the F word for Lent.
April 1st: Bob Arum Declares Saul Alvarez the Best Young Fighter in Boxing!
Gary Shaw has IM'd me about the tuxedo remark. He says, "Not a chance."
Headline: Floyd Mayweather not arrested recently
Headline: Riddick Bowe finally agrees to fight Lennox Lewis.
Headline: GB and Top Rank agree to co-promote Donaire. Canelo vs. Chavez agreed upon.
April 1, 2011 - Bernard Hopkins stops talking.
April 1: HBO and Showtime will sponsor a Top Rank vs. Golden Boy tournament
Emmanueal Steward Surprised by Outcome of Boxing Match.
" DiBella retires and opens a relaxing Day Spa "
April 1, 2011: It is discovered that Maidana never knocked down Ortiz.....
April 1st: Jose Suliaman declares there will be 1 champion per divsion
April 1st, 2011: Holyfield and Toney to Debate Economics at Yale
April 1st: Arum passes polygraph
April 1: "Arum - I Was Trying To Tell Rafael He's Number 1"
Headline: Morales destroys Maidana in 2 (would love to see that happen though)
April 1st, 2011: Larry Merchant talks too fast.
Headline: Marquez confesses: "the urine was just apple juice"
Headline- HBO Audience Knows What Paul Williams is Saying!
April 1st: Zuri Lawrence wins by KO
Headline: Froch looking for confidence!
Leonarde Ellerbe denies that it's April Fools Day.
I love this chat!!!
Me too! These April Fools things are cracking me up.
Headline: 2011 goes by without a question about the comebacks of Joe Calzaghe, Oscar De La Hoya, Prince Naseem, or Mike Tyson.
Floyd Mayweather admits to 50,000,000 in gambling losses......this month.
Love Child was actually adopted.
April 1st headline: Victor Ortiz is vicious
Dan, who knew we had a bunch of The Onion writers among the freaks!
Headline: De La Hoya admits Pacquiao's punches actually hurt
Don King takes a vow a silence!
April 1st: Tyson Fury next great heavyweight
Headline: Gilberto Mendoza actually tells us how 3 champions per division is good for boxing.
April 1, 2011: Demetrius Andrade IS the best
April 1st: Shannon Briggs admits he's a big Dan Rafael fan.
Arthur Abraham wins Super Six.
Brandon Rios calmly jabs his way to victory.
April 1 - Sid Brumback stops Kelly Pavlik's cut
April 1st: Hartford ranked number 1 in quality of life
solis and arreola both get in shape and unify the heavyweight titles
April 1st: Allan Green has no excuses after defeat
April 1 - Boxing fans around the world accept a close decision and don't declare a robbery.
OK Fight Freaks, great chat today! Loved the April Fools headlines. Hope you enjoy the fights this weekend and remember to check out a ton of stories and blogs this week. I will talk with you next week from Las Vegas, where I will be for the Morales-Maidana PPV card. Have a great weekend. Peace.