Greetings from Las Vegas Fight Freaks! It's big fight weekend. I'm here for the Amir Khan-Zab Judah junior welterweight unification bout at Mandalay Bay and on HBO. I'm pretty pumped for this one. I have two stories on the fight up from today and yesterday and there is also other coverage on the site, plus news stories and blogs this week and updated rankings and schedule. So let's get to it.
Where does Tim Bradley go without the Khan fight and with the promotional problems. He seemed to be the type of fighter to take on all challengers and wanted to fight the best. How much of Bradley opting out of the Khan has to do with promotional issues and how much has to do with Bradley ducking Khan or not wanting the fight?
I think it had to do with terrible advice.
Hello Dan, I hope you're staying cool during this heat wave! Now that its official that the Cotto - Margarito fight will be in Madison Square Garden, has there been any word about when tickets will go on sale?
No on sale date just yet. When I find out I will tweet it, so follow me @danrafaelespn.
Dantonio Tarver, big win for the Magic Man! Where do you see him going from here?
Very good win and performance from Tarver the other day. He will get himself a shot at something notable at cruiserweight. I'd love to see him fight Steve Cunningham.
If your mom was a middleweight champion, would Peter Quillin fight her?
I wouldn't be surprised by a KO from EITHER Khan or Judah....So King freak, who ya got?
I like this fight a lot. I can see both guys being on the deck regardless of who wins, but I am going with Khan. I think Judah's best time to win is on an early knockout but the longer the fight goes, the better it is for Khan.
Will you be surprised if Judah KO's Khan with one of those sweetly timed uppercuts?
Or a left hand.
Jo Jo Dan! Any truth to the Popo Freitas comeback rumors?
Nothing solid. He talks about it sometimes and hasn't gone through with it. His promoter, Artie Pelullo, still stays in regular touch with him and has told me several times that he doesn't think Popo will actually make the comeback.
Dan: if tomorrow's match were a chicken-dance contest...would the odds remain the same?
Pay the man, Shirley.
Who has better whiskers Khan or Judah?
Both are shaky, which is one of the reasons the fight could be very interesting.
Tarver/BHop rematch seem to out of reach? Perhaps a catch weight 185?
There is utterly no point that rematch. The first fight was not very memorable and Hopkins won EASILY in totally dominant fashion. I have zero interest in a rematch.
Good heavyweight fight overseas with Chisora/Tyson Fury. Chisora late KO sound reasonable?
Sure. Chisora is probably the better fighter at this point in their careers,but Fury is so much bigger. I really have no idea.
any word when the Alexander-Malignaggi fight might take place?
There is really nothing to that right now other than the sides talking trash. If it doesn happen, it won't be in the near future. I would doubt it would even happen this year.
Notebook? I NEED my Friday notebook.
No notebook today.
What's the feel like around town for the biggest fight of the summer?
About 106. But a dry heat.
JMM is a beast! Did you see that stunning knockout!? Is that on your list for knockout of the year?
No, fraud of the year.
Dan do you forsee Brian Viloria and Tyson Marquez eventually fighting each other or possibly Pongsaklek Wongjonkam?
Viloria, I am told, has a mandatory to make against Segura.
Viloria, I am told, has a mandatory to make against Segura.
Didn't Khan show a much improved chin against Maidana? Or you still have serious questions about him in that regard?
He showed he can survive a rough moment. I give him all the credit for his conditioning to get thru that 10th round vs. Maidana. He got wobbled very badly by a big puncher. That does not mean he has no chin. I happen to agree with Freddie Roach that at 140, he is sturdier than when he was struggling to make 135, which I am sure weakened him against Prescott.
stubbed my toe this morning so I am not sure I willbe able to follow the chat
My heart goes out toe you.
Dan, I got an email form Mandalay Bay offering free tickets. Are tickets sales bad? What's the buzz like in Vegas?
I'm told ticket sales are quite soft. But between yesterday's sales, whatever happens today and a walk up tomorrow it figures to greatly improve, especially with very affordable tix.
I was going through some older articles earlier today, and stumbled across one prior to Khan-Maidana, where it mentioned HBO planned to introduce their new "PunchForce" technology in that particular fight last December. However, both Khan and Maidana refused to have the sensors placed in their gloves. Any word on whether or not HBO plans on implementing this anytime soon?
They are still working to get fighters to accept using it.
Dan, you've seen them up close standing next to each other, does Khan look so much bigger that he can physically manhandle Zab?
Amir is a bit taller and seems thicker.
any concern that it seems as though Khan and his team are looking forward to future fights, moving up in weight, or is that more common than we really think?
Nah, that's not uncommon. They seem quite focused to me. Amir is not the one bringing up the move up in weight. We all ask him about and he's a good interview and willing to answer questions.
D$, what's the word on Dzinzurk? Is he still fighting on HBO this year?
His promoters say they have an obligation from HBO to show him. Does it happen this year? Not so sure about that. HBO should have never made the promise.
Do you think that having Sweet Pea in Zab's corner will make any difference?
Yes, you can already see improvements from the fight in March against Mabuza. Zab was definitely using his jab more.
Very good idea by FNF to show last week's excellent fight between Wolak-Rodriguez. Do you know if they earn a little extra money because the fight is being replayed?
No extra money, but a reminder, ESPN2 will show the replay of the great Wolak-Rodriguez fight at 9 ET tonight followed by the live FNF show with Anthony Dirrell-Kevin Engel. If you didnt see Wolak-Rodriguez do not miss it.
I was at the Rodriguez/Wolak fight last week. What a fight! I've heard rumors that it may be on the Cotto/Margaritto undercard, any truth to that?
It's something that has been talked about but nothing solid.
Noticed your tweet on Mike Jones next fight. Do you think he's a big enough draw to get a fight with Berto, Oritz, etc if we wins against Aydin? I still can't see him getting a Pacquiao/Floyd fight right now.
He's a BIGGER draw than Berto!!!!!
Even though I think Segura wins by KO, I'm still very interested in a Viloria-Segura matchup.
I am too. That's a really good fight for the small divisions. I'd love to see a fight like that on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Can Ann Wolfe turn Kirkland's career around or has he already been exposed?
She can't hurt. They seem happy with each other. I had a chance to talk to them this week. James seems very excited being back with her and she is very hard on him. He responds to her methods of training, which are not for everyone.
Here's my Khan story today: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/6791550/amir-khan-get-zab-judah-first-moving-up
I was at Wolak-Rodriguez. Sat on an upper level almost directly above the ring. Amazing!
I see that Hank Lundy is fighting David Diaz in the FNF season finale. What are your thoughts on this fight?
Lundy will box the ears off Diaz. It'll be a no-hitter.
Danny,Over/Under 100k buys for Hopkins-Dawson? I say way under
If it does 100,000 to 125,000 the promoters and HBO should kiss the ground.
Dan, any advice on how we can score $200 tickets to Marquez-Pac? Do you have two you would be willing to soare?
I wish I did. Good luck.
is there a undercard for Judah-Khan or is it just the one fight.
One fight on HBO, although it will show highlights of the Peter Quillin and Gary Russell bouts.
Any thoughts on Ross Greenburg ? Obviously the documentaries are great but it was probably time for a change, right ?
Brilliant at making documentaries and shows like 24/7. Not brilliant about what makes a good TV fight or how much to pay for those fights. Never seemed truly in touch with the boxing business and had very limited knowledge of the fighters in the sport. Played favorites way too much and it ultimately cost him.
Dandalay Bay, any chance that the new brass at HBO after Greenberg offer an olive branch and put Hop/Dawson on regular HBO...kind of a nice gesture for blowing their budget and admitting it and swallowing some cash?
No because it's still a cold, hard, cut throat business. Nobody doles out a $3 million olive branch.
Hi Dan - does a Mitchell/Katsidis rematch make sense now for either side? If not, who should Mitchell get in the ring with next?
I think Mitchell probably thinks he has moved beyond that. He doesn't really need that and there's really nothing in it for Katsidis either.
how long before Roy starts to call out Tarver LOL.
I SHOULD ban you.
Povetkin vs Chagaev for the WBA title. Are you kidding me???? The winner should be ashamed to take the belt.
Any update on the Love Child?
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. Unfortunately, no. He was supposed to on the card here on Saturday but he's not because of the family situation.
Was the losing the Pacquaio/Mosely fight the final straw for Greenburg?
I believe it was the last straw of many that had built up over time.
Dan, a journalism question: is it difficult for you to cover the Greenburg/HBO story because of the way your name has been mentioned in some reports as going to HBO in some capacity?
Not at all. I work for ESPN and I do my job every day for ESPN to the best of my ability, just as I have done for the last six-plus years. I have zero control over what others say or write, so there is no point in getting caught up in it.
Are you going to the Pavlik fight in Youngstown?
Dan...Danimal...Dan I am...Dan...making copies....
Oh boy oh boy am I excited to possibly see you for the first time! I am in Vegas in this 100 degree heat sweating, and right outside the boxing venue! We can chat, have drinks, become best buds...
I'm calling security.
What are your thoughts on Diego Magdeleno I think the kid can box. Looked good on Friday def, think he's a future champ.
I like him a lot. Still getting better. Top Rank is also high on him. I like that he can fight AND he sells tickets.
is it common for a promoter to sue his fighter? It seems like most stories involve the fighters suing the promoter.
It happens both ways.
More of a paper champion, the winner of the WBA heavyweight title fight, or the winner of Miz-Mysterio for the WWE championship?
WBA for sure.
Dan what do you think of a fight between Lucas Matthysse and Andriy Kotelnik?
Kotelnik has disappeared. I'd rather see Matthysse fight Maidana.
Has GBP secured an opponent for Seth Mitchell yet?
GB has Mike Mollo, but HBO does not want to televise him, so they are going back and forth.
Do you think Ricky Burns will get a unification fight next? He needs a big fight...
I doubt he will get a unification fight next.
DTM, Don't you think Judah being +400 is waaaay extreme? If you were an odds maker, what would you have this fight?
Yes, I think the odds on this fight are way out of line based on reality. Judah at +480, which he was yesterday when I was in the sportsbook, is an incredible value if you are a gambler.
Who has the biggest entourage in boxing? I know Zab rolls pretty deep.
Zab's so-called entourage these days is basically all his family members.
Pretty sad when the WWE has more credibility than an alphabet soup.
Dan, if a scheduling conflict developed between a smaller event happening on EPIX and covering a major fight for ESPN, which would take priority?
ESPN takes priority for a major fight.
So obviously Nicky Cook went into the ring with an injury that put him in absolutely no condition to fight: 1. How was he allowed into the ring? 2. Can his purse be confiscated?
1. I don't know. 2. I dont think so because he did fight, albeit handicapped.
Matthysse vs.Maidana would be great! Sign me up for that right now!
Freak, When did you doubt the Marquez knockout? Meaning watching it live did you think is was a "big time punch"?
I doubted it as Ramos was stumbling, bracing his fall with his eyes open and then closed them tightly on the mat for five minutes. Great acting job. It was a real punch, but not a punch to knock a guy out cold for 5 minutes, especially when he was stumbling before he fell. I was suspect of it immediately.
Wolak's forehead KO 2 over Ducker's toe
Agreed. Haye's toe has no heart.
The Khan-Judah odds are way out of favor for Khan. The Klitschko-Haye odds were WAY out of favor for Haye. Those crazy Brit fans are tipping the scales.
Thank you for calling out the Likar Ramos fraud. Although I respect that some writers disagree that there was something fishy going on, I took exception with those who didn't write about the controversy at all.
Let me say so we are clear -- I don't think Ramos was paid to dive or anything like that. I think he was in over his head, got cracked and just had no remote intention of going on and totally shammed out.
Who is Haye fighting next?
Backed up with a gracious endorsement by Kermit Cintron, we are happy to announce Likar Ramos membership into our prestigious Actor's Guild.
its been reported that kevin engel came in 4 pounds heavy. is the FNF main event still on?
He was way overweight, but yes, the show goes on.
I'm sure you've announced it somewhere, but what's your official prediction for tomorrow's fight?
1 week until Cayo - Peterson. An excellent fight, but when will we hear that the fight has been postponed again?
It's on. Lamont was having some problems with a sore neck and it looked a few days ago that it might he called off again, but he is feeling a lot better and the fight remains on.
Which recent injury looked worse, Wolak's eye or Lara's forehead?
Definitely Wolak's eye.
Approximately how many Brit fans are going to make the trek to Vegas?
Khan camp says 3,000. I do not belive that at all.
I'm pumped to be going to the Kahn-Judah fight! Of course I plan to watch every fight on the card...Outside of Quillin, Kirkland and Russell, which young prospect on the card do you find the most compelling?
Well Kirkland is on the card and I am still interested to see what he can do. Ronnie Rios, a junior lightweight, is also on the card and is a good prospect.
Kinda feels weird we are now in a post Klitschko-Haye boxing era...
Not as weird as The Flopper's toe.
Dan, any truth to the rumors that Judah was having trouble making weight?
Sure doesn't seem that way. He looks in great shape.
The Sept. 17 split site HBO PPV card is official with Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfonso Gomez headlining at Staples Center. Here's my story: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/6793270/saul-canelo-alvarez-vs-alfonso-gomez-added-ortiz-mayweather-ppv-card
Firing Greenburg doesn't solve any of HBO Boxing's problems unless they hiring someone who won't repeat the same bad practices. Do you know who's on their list of potential replacements?
I've heard a few names mentioned but I am not going to say. I don't think HBO really knows what it is going to do right now in regards to replacing Ross.
Dan, in the picture you posted on Twitter Judah has 2 belts, however he only holds the IBF title. What is the other belt he is holding?
One of the other belts he used to have.
Did you ask Judah to show you his abs? LOL
No. I ran into him in the lobby of the hotel and we were chatting. He said he had a great camp and then pulled up his shirt, so I said he looked good and that I was going to take a picture and tweet it, which I did.
Shout out to Murray and Mitchell for a great fight last week. David Haye is the exception rather than the rule. Us BRITS have balls.
Dan, when do you expect Top Rank to announce the host for the Pacman-JMM fight and does Grennburg's firing help HBO in any way?
The decision will be coming shortly. Todd duBoef of Top Rank told me the other day probably still a week or more away from the final decision. That said, Arum had no love for Greenburg. I am sure he made it quite clear to the HBO top execs that he was not coming back on Greenburg's watch. Since HBO had already decided to fire him (but allowed him to resign and bow out gracefully, because that is what big companies usually do with executives), it wouldn't shock me if Arum let HBO know that they needed to make the move before he would come back.
WOW Canelo fighting Alfonso Gomez? What an intriguing matchup!Money well spent by HBO for this compelling pick em fight!Seriously considering canceling my membership...
Get a clue. HBO isn't paying for the fight. Golden Boy is putting it on and taking the risk on the PPV. That's how these PPVs work.
Big D, are Erik Morales and Saul Alvarez official for the Star Power PPV
Yes, read the link to the story I posted a few questions ago.
Freak, Early reaction to the mayweather-Ortiz undercard? I think its solid. I will be at the MGM that night, please tell me i will be able to watch Alverez-Gomez.
As I wrote in my story -- fans inside the MGM will see Alvarez-Gomez on the big screen. Fans inside Staples Center will see the PPV fights from Vegas on big screens.
So FIFA just announced that the Japan's women's soccer team is #4 in the world, even though they just won the World Cup. Since when did Jose Suliaman get involved in soccer?
Dan, I remember reading a while back about Golden Boy doing a deal with the new arena in Brooklyn to do regular shows. Do you have any details on how regular those shows would be (i.e. quarterly, monthly, etc) and what type of show they would be (similar to the Golden Boy Shows at the Nokia Theater on Fox Sports or similar to a FNF or HBO or Showtime show)? Thanks.
When the building opens, GB has a deal to put on a monthly show.
Dan, I remember GB proclaiming the Sept. 17 card would have the best under card in the history of boxing and it looks pretty pathetic to me. Am I wrong?
No. It's got a lot of sizzle, but not much steak.
Ducker's toe showed great heart and fortitude to run that fast while broken was all heart.
More tedious: NFL labor negotiations, debt ceiling negotiations, Pacquiao-Mayweather sometimes negotiations?
1. Debt ceiling. 2. Pac-May. 3. NFL.
Is there any vailidity to the the drama within team Pacquiao which has been reported on other sites?
There is always drama inside Pacquiao's entourage.
Do you think it's unethical or a conflict of interest for Bob Arum to say whichever network gets the broadcast rights to Pac/Marquez gets the rights to Cotto/Margarito too?
Not at all. It's his decision.
I just bet Judah +400. did I just throw my money away???
We'll find out tomorrow. But at least you didn't set it on fire like Mayweather.
can a fighter who never won a world title get in the HOF
These days that would be almost impossible given how many titles there are, but there are several old timers in the HOF who didnt win a world title, many because they were black and not allowed to because of their color.
Charley Burley and Sam Langford say 'Yes'.
Thanks to Twitter we now get to read RTAD!
LOL. I was tweeting pretty late last night. (Rafael Twitter After Dark)
Pacman, 26 million in the bank after generating 384 million, something is wrong with that picture.
He's a fighter.
All controversy aside, do you expect Khan-Bradley in 2013?
Is there a possbility we could see USS Cunningham vs. Marco Huck anytime in the near future?
Would love to see the rematch and they could make it easily since they are with the same promoter, but Sauerland has not shown interest in doing it.
Speaking of HOF, Viloria is by no means a first ballot guy, but hes starting to become borderline, right?
I dont view Brian as remotely HOF material at this point.
Viloria???? Wow, I dont see it. No definitive wins, kind of an underachiever.
Would the WBA gain or lose credibility if they instituted the spinner belt, a la WWE?
Gain, for sure.
Do you know what the status of prospect, Edwin Rodriguez, is? I remember him suffering an injury in his FNF fight in January, but then I had heard he would return in June, however, I can't find anything recently.
His promoter, Lou DiBella, told me he will be back in August, probably on a Broadway Boxing show.
What time is the weigh-in today?
2:30 pm PT in the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Who would win in a match up between El Finito Lopez vs Segura
Oh my goodness, please. Nothing against Segura. I like watching him. A lot. But Ricardo Lopez destroys him. Segura wouldn't hit him in the ass.
what do you do in vegas when you're not working?
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
Top Rank just announced a Sept. 17 Top Rank Live card from the BlueWater Resort & Casino in Parker, Arizona: Mercito Gesta in the main vs. TBA and Phoenix 140 prospect Jose Benavidez in the co-feature.
Nothing against Segura but El Finito may still beat him at this age. One of the most dominating fighters ever.
Rated R Chatting Star, were you surprised Likar didn't roll over, cover his forehead with his forearm, and roll back over bloddy?
LOL! That is classic.
Hey Dan, this may be a dumb question but I've never been to a major boxing fight. When attending the live fight, is there a way you can listen to the HBO (or Showtime) commentary? In other sports, sometimes you do have access to TV audio...
Hey Dan, do you know if there will be a 2nd fight to go with Pavlik-Cunningham?
Yes, but it has not been set yet.
Need your pick for Chisora vs. Fury?
Think it's a forgone conclusion that Bute fights the winner of Frosch/Ward?
Nothing in boxing is a forgone conclusion except that the alphabets will stay corrupt.
Is Alfonso Gomez still with Top Rank? If yes, is this another good sign for GBP-TR working together?
No, he was not on paper with Top Rank even though they had a close relationship. He took this fight with Top Rank's blessing though.
Dan, in your humbel opinion, do you think that boxing robes add or subtract from the overall masculinity of a prize fighter?
These are my readers.
what are the purses for saturdays fight?
Not sure yet. I will get them from the commission and tweet them later.
Dan am I misreading things on your schedule Cintron is already back in three weeks against smith after that stinker against molina?
Not misreading anything.
Will Shane Moseleys wife have to pay sanctioning fees now that she has his belts?
Any news on Vic Darchinyans next fight?
He fights Sept. 3 in his native Armenia vs. TBA, according to promoter Gary Shaw.
In your opinion, was the Wolak-Rodrigues fight a draw? I thought Delvin won... but have no complaints about a draw whatsoever.
I thought Delvin won a close fight by pulling out the last two rounds.
The new blog is up Freaks on HBO's new boxing series: http://espn.go.com/sports/boxing/blog/_/name/rafael_dan/id/6793291/new-hbo-series-launch-delayed
In your opinion...if Zab doesnt get caught by Tzu in the 2nd round, do you think he would have won that fight? he looked so fast those first two rounds
He did get caught and that was always the danger. But he did look very good early on.
Im watching Zab - Cotto right now here at work. Arthur Mercante jr. (covering mic) "come on zab lets keep it clean, we're like family here.." haha This was a great atmosphere fight.
That is one of the best maybe 2-3 atmospheres I have ever been in for a fight. Incredible. Massive crowd -- over 20,000 -- at MSG. Biggest boxing crowd the building every had. Place was off the hook.
No joke, last week I had a drunken dream I was reading a boxing blog saying Kevin Mitchell scores upset KO over John Murray in 8 rounds. I should drink more.
Dan is DeLaHoya out of rehab already?
Yes, I am told Oscar is out of rehab and spending time with his family at the home they own in Puerto Rico.
Finito was amazing, but people should know he was given a gift "draw" in that first fight with Rosendo Alvarez. We tend to glamorize how invincible he was.
I dont glamorize anything. The draw was legit and he was an all-time great fighter.
couple of months ago you wrote that Andre Dirrell was coming back does he have anything scheduled?
He backed out of a proposed ESPN2 fight as the remnants of his career slide into oblivion.
What do you make of Dirrell v. Engel tonight? Do you think it will be competitive or Dirrell blows him away?
The fight does not really interest me much. I think it's a mismatch.
What were some of Greenburg/HBO's biggest boxing mistakes in recent years? The articles on his firing mostly mention the Bradley Alexander decision, which I think only looks bad in hindsight. At the time it seemed like an ok deal to me.
Making Bradley-Alexander was not the issue. I supported the fight. I liked it and wanted to see it. HOWEVER, the deal structure was horrific, one that guaranteed even the loser a huge money comeback fight.
Tues/Thursday shows on HBO? Awesome. I miss mid-week boxing.
Dan does your wife watch the fights with you?
Once in awhile.
That would be cool if HBO gets that new boxing show going.
That is the plan. The reason is was delayed from July to January was because they were going to fire Greenburg and wanted to move some projects into next year to allow the new person in the job time to get his/her feet wet first before launching a major project in the sports department. There are other projects that have also been delayed.
That new HBO series is great news for boxing fans.
Don't know why but I'm actually interested in the Liakhovich-Helenius fight. Curious to see where each guy is at.
I'm with you.
Dan, do you live on the east coast? If so, have you considered moving to the west since so many major fights are held in Vegas?
I live on East Coast and when I left USA Today to join ESPN I considered moving to Las Vegas. However, I would still have to travel east often for fights there, so either way there would be travel. We like it where we are and decided to stay and buy a house a few years ago.
Good news with the new HBO Show. But unbelievable that they just handed out the dates with no competing possible. Just bad business in my opinion...
It always seems to be that these back-loaded deals HBO keeps negotiating are counter-productive...why guarantee anyone a repeat appearance? Save for Mayweather & Pacquiao..who has the drawing power to make any such demands?!
Not all guaranteed appearances are a bad thing, especially if the guy is a proven ratings draw.
I don't like the output deal for the new show. Why not have the promoter's compete for the dates? Offer up the best fight for the date and fee and it's yours. Haven't they learned their lesson about output deals?
I completely agree.
Mitchell said he wants the fight with Katsidis.
Ok, but what is the benefit for Katsidis? If Katsidis beats Lozada next month, he will be in line for something much bigger and more lucrative I would imagine. Like Morales.
I thought Greenburg resigned?
He did because he had no choice. That's how they do things in corporate America.
Do you know when tickets go on sale for Alvarez vs. Gomez?
Richard Schaefer told me probably next Friday.
Surprised that Kathy Duva supported the idea of Zab not talking to the british reporters until after fight?
It turns out Zab did speak with the UK reporters at yesterday's press conference.
Who wins a match between Likar Ramos and Nicky Cook? The guy who throws the first punch?
Some articles, I think yours included, mention HBO has an annual $35 mil boxing budget. What's your estimate on Showtime's, EPIX's, and ESPN's annual boxing budgets?
Put it this way -- all three of them combined don't equal HBO's annual boxing budget or come even close.
I teach High School history and I'm thinking about planning a lesson around Ali-Frazier 1. Good idea?
Sure. There was a lot of stuff going on around that fight that had to do with society besides just the bout.
Who is calling Khan/Judah on HBO?
Lampley, Max and Emanuel.
Dan, Great work on the late night Jesse Vargas tweet. What do you think of him as a propect? I've seen him once live and twice on tv and I think his style, poor-mans-Floyd with a little pop, could make some noise.
Jessie is a good prospect. Thought his recent KO of Estrada was terrific.
Whats next for Bute?? Id love to see him in a meaningful fight.
Probably November vs. Pavlik.
Rick, read the sked that Dan works so hard to update...... :-)
Hey Dan That was agreat piece by Simmons on CM Punk and wrestling. Took me down memory lane, what did you think about it?
Have not read it yet but will later.
Dan, Any follow up on HBO getting Zab to sign a multi fight deal in case he wins?
It is on the table, but Main Events tells me they have not signed it and won't consider it until after the fight if Zab wins.
It is on the table, but Main Events tells me they have not signed it and won't consider it until after the fight if Zab wins.
Battle of the middelweight combackers. Who would you like if Kirkland fought the Canadian David Lemeux ?
Obviously that fight wont happen, but I would be very interested if it did.
Does Jin Mosely make your top 10 of undeserving alphabet belt holders?
Whats going on with Daniel Jacobs?
He is out of action for a little bit after having a growth removed from his back.
Dan, clarifciation: just one fight on HBO tomorrow?
Dan you ok with the draw last fiday night?
Yeah, I thought it was ok even though I thought Delvin won.
Wolak - Rodriguez replay tonight before FNF?
Yes, at 9 ET.
Dan, have you seen the Klitschko Documentary yet? They are now doing heavy promotion in the US.
I have seen it. It is fabulous. Very good stuff in terms of their boxing and their lives growing up and about their family. I thought it was well done and I'm not saying that even though I am in it quite a bit.
Dan, Why is the fight in Vegas? Wouldn't it make more sense for it to be on the east coast?
It would have made a lot more sense in the east. But Golden Boy insisted in Vegas and that was a deal breaker. I'm fine with it though. I needed the airline miles anyway.
How will Ross Greenberg's resignation affect boxing on HBO?
Presumably, it will be better and more consistent with deals that don't make you scratch your head.
Dan, about how many personal insults do you get a week on this chat that you dont post ?
Dan when is the Freddie Roach series airing on HBO?
Supposed to be first quarter next year as I understand it.
You tweeted last night that you were with a Motley crew. Who are those people and why are they so "Motley"?
A bunch of boxing lifers/degenerates all at dinner together. It was a lot of fun.
I finally signed up for Twitter, just to follow you. So, I hope you'll be tweeting any news on tickets to Ward-Froch, as well! (Or is that news already out?)
I will when the info is put out.
Hey Dan are you excited about DJ3K documentary on HBO?
Yes, can't wait.
Have you spoken with any of the promoters about Greenberg's departure? He seemed to point directly at them for his high frustration level that led to his resignation.
Of course, I have.
Who do you think Wladimir Klitschko should fight next? I'd like to see Wlad in with Chris Arreola, but does Chris have a fight with Michael Grant lined up for September 25? By the way, I see Dereck Chisora weighed in seriously overweight at 261 today.
I think Wlad will seriously consider the winner of Saturday's Chisora-Fury fight.
Dan - can you confirm that both Judah and Khan's toes are 100% healthy?
I can neither confirm nor deny.
Danaconda, buy or sell, both Staples Center and MGM will be sold-out on September 17th....
Earlier from the Bat Email: The one & only Sampson Lewcowicz, Chris John's adviser, said John's Oct. 8 defense in Singapore will be vs. Satoshi Honso.
did you read that vlad and vitali's dad may have contracted his cancer while CLEANING UP chernobyl?? this guy spawns 2 heavyweight boxing champions, and cleans up after nuclear disastsers! a moment of silence please.
Did I read it? I WROTE it.
Did I read it? I WROTE it.
I thought that Joe Tessitore did a great job calling the Wolak/Rodriguez fight last Friday. He impresses me in both the boxing and horse racing shows he does.
Joe is terrific. A real pro, always prepared and captures the moment.
dan is the press conference for hopkins-dawson fight tomorrow in vegas or not yet??
No, they have decided not to do one, although I am told Hopkins still may be here to talk to some of the writers.
should cloud get the winner of hopkins-dawson
That would be ideal.
Dan, do you respect wood ?
Definitely. CURB RULES!!!!!!
Dan$$$,Can we watch a stream of the weigh in anywhere??
I thin we will have it on ESPN.com, at least a feed of it afterward.
OK Freaks thanks for chatting. Hope you read all the new stuff that went up this week and hope you enjoy the fights this weekend. And remember -- I'll be on FNF tonight. And remember to check out my Twitter.I will be tweeting from the Khan-Judah weigh in later. Peace.