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August 19, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to the weekly chat. We have the season finale of FNF tonight with a good fight, Demetrius Andrade stepping up against Grady Brewer, so check that out. And tomorrow on ESPN Deportes at 11 pm is the return of Alfredo Angulo. Unfortunately, next week's Guerrero-Maidana fight was called off because of Robert's injury, but there is a live heavyweight card on Epix with Povetkin-Chagaev and Helenius-Liakhovich. Full notebook should be up shortly plus there is a new blog today and one from yesterday and tons of news stories, so check it out and we'll get rolling.

Jake (Homewood, IL)

Danny,Going to FNF tonight, very excited. Any good non-tv fights?

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

The two notable fights are the two TV bouts -- Andrade-Brewer and Lundy-Diaz. Of note off TV you have Montell Griffin going for his 50th pro win.

Mo (Brick City)

What's Donovan George up to? How about Pavlik vs. George in Chicago this fall?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

George is supposed to be going to Argentina in the coming months to fight a local guy (cannot recall his name) in a title eliminator.

Brian (Ontario)

Hey Dan, any news on Cotto/Margarito tix?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

Nothing specific just yet.

Joe (Vancouver)

Is there a chance that Chris Arreola will be fighting Wladimir Klitschko before the end of the year?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

There's a great chance Arreola will get that shot next year but it is quite unlikely to happen this year.

Dave (Bethel, CT)

Dan does the Chavez-Hearns bout scream disaster to you? Chavez looked to be way overweight @ the press conference. I would not be shocked if it got cancelled. Just seems like a bad idea all the way around.

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

If it is called off it would not shock me at all. Hearns did his 30-day WBC weigh in and was fine. Chavez did not do his. He is clearly overweight. The WBC said his 30-day weight was "pending." The entire promotion and rush to put it on has been a cluster you know what.

Mike (Detroit)

Is the Pacquiao/Marquez undercard set yet?

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

Nope. Arum told me yesterday they wont announce the undercard until after Mayweather-Ortiz.

Ronald (PA)

Is Ward vs Froch in the ballroom or the main arena?

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

Main arena.

Mark (ATL)

Danno--Does Showtime have the budget to hold a Mares/Agbeko rematch before the end of the year?

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

I don't know. But I do not that relative to other Showtime Championship Boxing events the network puts on Mares-Agbeko 2 is at the cheaper end of the scale. Showtime has not announced a December event and this would make sense for that month since that is when the IBF says it must happen by. It would be a great way for Showtime to end its year.

Joe (MN)

When do Marquez/Nishioka tickets go on sale, and what is the price point is? I'm looking to get to Vegas this fall to see a fight, and of course Pac and May are sold out. How do you think this one will be?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

Tickets have gone on sale. They are $200, $100, $50 and are available at the MGM Box Office and probably also Ticketmaster. Nishioka-Marquez has a chance to be a very good fight.

Mike (Detroit)

Dan, your thoughts on Maidana/Guerrero being canceled ruining premier summer boxing....

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

Bummed and hoping Guerrero's injury is not too serious.

Randy (NYC)

Worst Referee: Mares-Agbeko or Martinez-Cintron?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

Mares-Agbeko because Mora blew two knockdown calls and let Mares get away with low blows the entire fight. In Martinez-Cintron Frank Santore only made one (albeit horrific) error, calling a knockout and then allowing the fight to continue. So many mistakes compared to one is worse.

Lou (Detroit)

Dan, I'd rather see either Povetkin or Helenius fight Wlad next (assuming they win on the Epix Card) than Arreola. Arreola has not beaten a legit contender since his loss to Adamek.

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

I can certainly understand that. Povetkin has already run from Klitschko, so who knows if he will take that fight. Helenius I'm not sure is ready for that kind of fight.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

Adrien Broner says some weird things on his twitter. And all Zab Judah talks about is some word game that is available on smart phones.

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

Twitter is an odd place sometimes, put it that way. #truth

Vegas Gold (Las Vegas,NV)

What's your take on the hoopla surrounding Mayweather being two pounds shy of the weight limit for the Ortiz fight a month out?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

Meaningless and not surprising.

Jarrod (Indiana)

Dan,Awesome time at FNF last week. Actually met Joe T. in the restroom haha. He was a class act, and so was Kermit Cintron both posing for pictures. Really down to earth, made for an awesome experience!

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

Cool story and glad you had a good time. I tell people all the time people need to actually go out to fights instead of just watching on television.

Steve (NYC)

How does HBO accept Mike Mollo on its network?

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

Not a clue.

Power Pellets (Las Vegas)

Dan can you give us an update about why Showtime wanted Oscar's tweet. They planning litigation of some kind?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

I think they just wanted to see if for themselves and I know they were not too happy about it. It was a stupid thing for Oscar to tweet.

Joe (MN)

In your opinion should I go see the Marquez fight in Vegas or should I hold out for a better production? This will be my first Vegas fight.

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

Not sure what you want. You can get a nice ticket for 50 beans and see a solid main event, Roman Gonzalez defending on the undercard and Soto Karass on the undercard in a good show.

Paul (Carlsbad)

yeah the only good news of the maidana cancellation is no mike mollo fight

Al (Las Cruces, NM)

What are your initial thoughts about the UFC/Fox deal and them going against, but not really going against Pac/JMM?

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

UFC will get a ton of PR for its new deal and it being the first Fox fight. It is a big night of fights in general. I dont have a strong opinion one way or the other. It is what it is.

Mitch (Chicago)

FYI the name of the guy lined up to fight Don George is 18-0 Pablo Farias

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

There ya go.

Killer (Queens)

Dan, what do you think of Shannon Briggs' new comeback, and him saying he had Vitali in trouble and "ready to go" in the tenth round of their fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

Delusions. No shock. Had him ready to go? Uh huh.

Horn (Vegas)

Just in case you forgot. #WBCISDISGUSTING

Derek (Brooklyn)

Any truth to the rumors that Cotto wants the Margacheato fight at a catchweight? I don't think Margs has much leverage in this coming off the Pac and Mosley beatdowns and the suspension

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

That is under discussion.

Jonathan (Atlanta)

Dan, any news on Ricky Burns next opponent? I'm sure he will want back in the ring soon, since his last fight lasted about a minute.

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

Frank Warren and Richard Schaefer met this week and are discussing Burns-Broner, which could be on HBO on Nov. 5.

Julian (Streator IL)

Who do you have winning out of Andrade-Brewer and Lundy-Diaz?

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

I like Andrade and Lundy.

Danny (Chicago)

DTM, will be attending fnf tonight to support Diaz. Who is taking Teddys spot at ringside?

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

Andre Ward will be with Joe Tess tonight.

Troy (florida)

Hey dan I'm a big fan and read your chats every week me and a buddy of mine got into a debate this week about the current status of the light heavyweight division and disagreed on the fact that a prime roy jones wouldve dominated these light heavys as well your thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

In his prime, none of these light heavys touch RJ.

Derek (Brooklyn)

Have u spoken to Schaefer directly regarding the WBC's decision to make Morales-Mattysse a title fight? does he not see the hypocrisy? esp in light of how GBP was going to do things differently, etc?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

Yes. We argued about it.

Tom E (Lambertville, NJ)

Who's brushing Adrian Broner's hair right now?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

Chris (Los Angeles CA)

D$ - How does Gus Johnson not use his catchphrase "NUTS and guts" in last week's fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

GOOD QUESTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carl (Richmond)

Dan, as bad as Mora was, I still think the ref for the Vitali-Briggs fight was worse. He effectively ruined what was left of Briggs career by allowing that massacre to continue.

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

Could not disagree more. That ref did not miss 634 low blows and two knockdowns. He should have stopped it but he didn't ignore the rules. The inept corner should have stopped it also.

Dan (New Jersey)

The Vitali-Briggs ref didn't affect the outcome of the fight. That's a big difference.

Tim (Santa Monica, CA)

Any word on why less theaters are showing Mayweather-Ortiz than past Golden Boy Promotion theater fights?

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

Huh? It's in more theaters than any fight they've ever done. More 400.

Justin (Seattle)

The only thing Vitali was ready to go to in the Briggs fight was to get his hands X-Rayed after slamming them that many times into Briggs' head.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

No matter how much he was overpaid by HBO to fight out-matched opponents, I've always seen Andre Berto as a prideful guy who has a lot of heart. He showed that in the Ortiz fight, albeit in a losing effort. With having to deal with his first loss and his title taken away from him, I think he gives Zaveck hell in their Sept. 3rd fight.

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

I agree with everything you said.

Flip (NYC)

Does the Guerrero/Maidana cancellation free up money for HBO to use on something else?

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Not necessarily. HBO has obligations they were trying to figure out how to deal with, so the money will be used.

Dylan (Ft. C)

In Briggs' defense, he probaby was seeing 2 Vitali's at that point and one of them may have been ready to go....

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley.

Darryl (Baltimore)

Dan, I'm a huge fan of yours and a huge fan of the sport of boxing. However, the Mares-Agbeko fight reeked from the stench of something foul! Being the realist that I am, do you think (as I do) that the ref of that fight was paid off?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

No, I do not for one second believe the referee was paid off. That is nonsense in my opinion.

Brian (Ontario)

Any chance Pascal faces Cloud this year?

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

That fight won't happen this year. HBO is interested, but not until January at the earliest.

Charles D. (Inkster, MI)

Dan what did you think about kimbo almost taking dudes head off in his first fight?....

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Nothing. He fought the worst opponent they could find. It means nothing, although it did generate interest because a lot of people are interested in Kimbo.

Taylor (SLC, UT)

Andy Lee vs. Peter Quillan on BAD. What do you think? It's affordable, and a win would be a huge platform for either of them.

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

Good matchup but that is not a fight being discussed. Andy fights Brian Vera on Oct. 1 and if he wins, there are much bigger opportunities in his future than a Quillin fight.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

Any truth to the rumor that the Georgetown/China basketball fight was over a heated argument about who would win a potential Mayweather/Pacquiao fight?

Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs (Fantasy Land)

I also had Lennox Lewis out and 'ready to go'...... Ready to go home, that is. Dude blasted me out in 5.

Chip (El Cajon, CA)

Any word yet on what's next for Tyson Fury? Is he being lined up as an end-of-year opponent for Dr. Steelhammer (or is it Ironfist?)

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

Fury is back Sept. 17 in Belfast vs TBA. He will not be fighting Klitschko this year.

Gutterdandy (NYC)

Here's a pic of Briggs after the Vitali fight: he was "ready to go" to the morgue! http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk242/Papa1472008/briggs.jpg

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

Notebook is up: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/6876406/boxing-gets-direct-challenge-mma

Bubba Gage (Ottawa Il)

Notebook rules.#Boxing

Wilkie (Toronto)

You're too quick to judge what Briggs was trying to say. Maybe he meant Klit was "ready to go... ahead and continue beating the piss out of me."

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

Good point.

Mike (Detroit)

If it's a rotator cuff injury for Guerrero, is his career likely over?

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

Depends. Vitali Klitschko tore his and came back very very strong and remains one of the best in the world.

Bubba Gage (Ottawa Il)

Freak, Its sucks that tonight is the last FNF Card of the season. This has been one hell of a season for Friday Night Fights and i wanna thank ESPN. Well done.

Joe (Paterson, NJ)

Is it true that Tim Bradley's Twitter account is fraudulent and that the real Tim Bradley has never even been on Twitter before?

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Tim Bradley is not on Twitter. I wondered if that account was real and called his manager to ask. His manager, Cameron Dunkin, told me that Bradley IS NOT ON TWITTER. It is fake.

David (Houston)

So Diaz will most likely lose for $10,000 when he could have lost for $150,000 and we know he would have tried against JMM. As the twitter folks say...SMH lol

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

David Diaz, come on down!!! You're the next student we've accepted to the Winky Wright School of Boxing Business!!!!!!!!!

Clay (Chattanooga)

Dan - what's Craig McEwan doing? i thought he fought Lee really hard & if he hadn't ran out of gas in the last couple of rounds he would have won that fight handily!

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

I'm told he may face Kassim Ouma on the Oct. 15 Hopkins-Dawson undercard. Or maybe it's the Sept. 17 Mayweather-Ortiz undercard. I can't recall, but one of the big shows.

Troy (florida)

whats the point of the 30 day weigh-in

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

To make sure guys are coming down in weight safely and not insanely over.

Dylan (Ft. C)

Any chance we get more FNF this fall with the NBA lockout looking to be a long-term thing?

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

Yes. As I wrote last week, there's a very good chance.

Cody (Minneapolis)

Your notebook is missing the biggest factual information nugget of them all. That the UFC show on FOX is only 1 hour and will be off the air by 10 pm Eastern so it isn't really competing head to head with Pac/Marquez

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

It is competing directly with the PPV and, as important, it will compete all week for media attention and space on the sports pages. That is significant.

John (UK)

What's next for Amir Khan?

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

Probably a fight in December.

jess (woodland hills)

Is it true that Abner Mares official nickname now is the Nutcracker?

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

I dont think it's official. :)

Daniel (Mexico)

hi. What About Donaire vs Narvaez.. is done?

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

Not done yet. Top Rank has a deal with him (and others) but they can't make it 100 percent until HBO gives formal OK of the fight. As of last evening, that had not happened yet. That said, I expect it will be finalized.

Kevin (Denver)

Does TR have any plans for Matt Korobov to fight a 10-rdr this year? 16-0 with nothing past 8 rds...its the Malik Scott schedule...

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

One big difference: Korobov does put viewers into a coma.

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

One big difference: Korobov does put viewers into a coma.

Ron (Orlando)

Hey Dan, read the blip about Ortiz's camp. If the back is not an issue and his day off was just precautionary, how does a story like that get out in the first place? Do you think there is something more to this?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

I heard about it yesterday from a good source and then called the manager, who said what he said.

@WillyBeamon26 (Cumberland, RI)

DTM.. Glad I found Oscar's tweet accusing Showtimes announcers of having money on Agbecko. As the CEO of a major organizantion, Oscar needs to be held accountable for his tweets! What is Showtime's plan of action for obtaining that?

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

Not sure what they're going to do, but for Oscar to tweet that was ignorant, irresponsible and stupid. But then again, it's not the first time and I am quite certain it won't be the last.

Andrew Golota (Poland)

I don't understand the big deal. Mares punches looked clean to me.

Paul B (NY, NY)

Psyched to see you and Lenox on Epix next weekend. Good luck. Any way you could steal hus thunder and say "Absolutely" at least 5 times during the broadcast?

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

I'll leave that alone. But I am looking forward to the card next week. I think we have two interesting fights both of which have some meaning.

JOSEPH (LOS ANGELES)

Dan whats your take on Martirosyan VS Angulo!

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Would love to see it.

Randy (NYC)

Faster hands: gamboa or russell?

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Russell.

Nick (Delaware)

Any word on Bailey's opponent on the Zavek/Berto undercard and will it be televised?

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

It's listed in the schedule, I forget the specifica name. But, no, the fight is not scheduled for HBO.

Dan (New Jersey)

how come Donaire v Narvaez was never discussed when they were 2 of the top 3 flyweights? I had assumed Narvaez didn't want to leave Argentina but that doesn't seem to be a problem now.

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

It was actually. When Gary Shaw had Donaire and Donaire had his flyweight belt Shaw actually went to Argentina to talk to the Narvaez people about the fight, but they did not want it at that time.

Al M (NYC)

Got Love Glen Johnsons attitude, a true pro, wish more fights head his mentality

Bobby (Pensacola)

Dan, will Epix stream the fights next week for free?

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

Yes, the fight will be on EpixHD.com, although I think you have to sign up to get the stream (a free stream).

Randy (Cincinnati, OH)

"He's a white South African kid who is extremely athletic and strong, and the biggest prospect over there," DiBella said.... why did DiBella mention the fighter's race? That seems strange to me.

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

Lou was describing the fighter and the fact is that there are very few white South African boxers. Almost all of the many talented fighters there are black, so it is just a bit unusual.

C.M. (Toronto)

How about Golden Boy matchmaker Eric Gomez's "I love Russell Mora" tweet, also deleted soon after? Classy bunch that GBP, aren't they?

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

Eric was excited that Abner won because Abner is the first fighter he had matched from 0-0 to a world title. So, knowing Eric for as long as I have, while I thought it was a weak tweet I give him the benefit of the doubt of doing it in the moment and for not meaning anything untoward by it. He was understandably excited and I think realized it was a poor tweet and removed it. Much different than Oscar's dopey tweet accusing the Showtime announcers of betting on Agbeko. That was just dumb.

Mike (Homer Glen, IL)

How long does it take for ESPN to find a reasonable quote from the message boards to put on the boxing home page?

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

Not a clue. I have zero to do with that.

Marc (Houston)

BHops quote in the notebook is classic!!!

Jeff (Iowa)

any word on Devon Alexander's promoter situation and next fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

Nothing yet.

Randy (NYC)

Maybe I misread you, but do you not like the WBC 30 day weigh in?

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

I never said that. I have no problem with them. They make sense.

Don (Chicago)

Dan, as a journalist, how much do the fight cancellations like the Guerroro injury affect your travel schedule or have you learned not to schedule anything too far ahead?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

It's not a big deal. If it is called off you just let the ESPN Travel folks know and they'll cancel the ticket and use it some other time. Not a big deal at all. That said, I was not traveling for the fight next week in San Jose anyway.

Cody (Minneapolis)

To Jim....note that Marquez vs Nishioka is also in a ballroom at the MGM so even the cheap seats are going to be pretty close to the ring

Rags (NYC)

Will you be heading to Poland for Klitschko-Adamek?

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

No, I will be go to AC for the Gamboa fight and watch the Klitschko fight hopefully live that afternoon.

Al M (NYC)

Would you say Chad Dawson's resume is community college or more State College level? no disrespect to community college of course

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

LOL. Chad has a good resume, State College I would say. Not BHop's Ivy League though.

Jorge (Anaheim, CA)

Will the Nishioka-Marquez card be on the fox sports networks or just fox deportes?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

Certainly live on Deportes. I would imagine some FSN affiliates will show it or maybe not. I know this -- I watch the shows on Deportes and use my TV's SAP button and get the audio in English. It's great.

Vegas Gold (Las Vegas,NV)

Any advise for an up-and-coming sports journalist? In your opinion is education or experience mire valuable.

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

Experience trumps eduaction any day, although to get a real job writing you probably will need a college diploma. But the experience is key.

Josh (Virginia)

How common are 30-day weigh-ins? I have never heard of them before.

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

The WBC conducts them for its world title bouts.

Bob (NYC)

Dan, maybe I'm in the minority, but I am REALLY looking forward to the Epix HW card next week! Seems there's been very few competitive HW fights this year and we may have two come next Saturday.

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

I think you may be right. It is interesting. Povetkin is fighting a good contender for a change in Chagaev. Helenius is facing an experienced vet coming off a long layoff and Liakhovich really needs a win to keep his career going.

Mike (NY, NY)

Any word on Joel Love Child Julio?

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. Nothing going on at the moment.

Aaron (Hartford)

Dan, what do you make of Anthony Dirrell being the #1 SM in the WBC ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

I make a vomit bag.

Dave (Utah)

Dan, just a thought: it would be great to see Arum and Pavlik make up and for Arum to find Kelly a slot on the Cotto v Margarito undercard.

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

That would be great. So would me winning the Power Ball lottery.

Migs (NY, NY)

Dan any word on Thomas Dulorme?

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

I actually asked Gary Shaw about him last night. He said he will be on the Oct. 1 Sergio Martinez-Darren Barker card in AC. No opponent yet. Was just added to the card yesterday, Shaw said.

Dylan (Ft. C)

So, what's the real story with Arreola's fight being cancelled? I've heard (a) Goossen didn't have the money (b) Arreola needed a break from training (c) Arreola has signed to face Klitschko.

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

My understanding is that Televisa in Mexico was involved in the card (as well as ESPN Deportes) but Televisa was carrying the bulk of the financial load. Goossen and the net could not work things out where he had enough to put Arreola on the card, so he is not on. I don't think that was a huge deal because Arreola has been very busy and while activity is good, him having a little bit of a break is not a bad thing either.

Killer (Queens)

Dan, do you think they might as well do Tua-Barrett 3? They are both near the end and their first two fights were close and entertaining. Why not?

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

Why not indeed. I watched the whole second fight on youtube and it was a pretty good heavyweight fight. They are evenly matched and at a certain level and stage of their careers. They will not compete with the best guys, but they can make a few bucks and make a good fight with each other.

Julian (Davenport, IA)

Hey Dan, I know you usually don't give your predictions until the day before the fight but since Guerrero-Maidana is now cancelled, who would you have picked? I liked the Ghost over Chino in an action-packed fight.

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

I was picking Ghost also.

Radu (Romania)

Hi Dan, I keep searching for Ismayl Sillakh news, he's difficult to track down. Keep thinking he'll be a force in the division, yet he seems to fight mostly meaningless fights in odd locations. Who is promoting him and why aren't they keeping him in one single market?

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

He fought on the Lebedev-Roy Jones card in late May. He is with Square Ring, Roy's company. I like him too but Square Ring doesn't do many shows so I think they're just looking for something for him.

David (Cape Canaveral)

King Freak, its on several websites, Shannon Briggs wants a Klit rematch...apparently in addition to the broken orbital bones, and bicep injury, Vitali also beat his brains out.

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

The notion of him getting a rematch with Klitschko is absurd. You have a better chance of being hit by lighning at the same time you are winning the lottery.

John (Holt, FL.)

Dan, Have you heard any more gouge on Wlad's next opponent yet? I am hearing a little scuttle about David Rodriguez...

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

I have not heard that name but that would be an epic mismatch. Rodroguez has a great record built against nobodies. It's an epic mismatch.

Kevin (LA)

Were you surprised Morales was so heavy 30 days out?

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

No.

MM (Chicago)

What did you think of that bare knuckled boxing match???

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

If you aren't wearing gloves I don't call it a boxing match.

Jeff (Gilbert)

Wlad vs Rodriguez and epic mismatch? Wow, so HBO must be trying to overpay for it right now!

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!!!!

J (ATL)

Any truth to rumor about JCC Jr weight problems? Read earlier he's at about 190.

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

Chavez is always heavy in camp. His manager told me he was way over right now and there is a worry about it in his camp with such a short time to get ready for the fight.

Roy (Reno)

Dan, reading the tweets people send you really is making me lose faith in humanity.

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

Agreed.

Vladones (Bucharest,RO)

what about luis collazo, I heard he signed with GB and told us is staying more active. Any news about him? i want to see him fight judah, winner hang up his gloves

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

As I wrote in the notebook last week, he is supposed to be back on the Mayweather undercard. Or, he could fight the night before if GB does a show that night.

Matt (Naperville, IL)

Why did HBO move Donaire's fight to October 22nd only to have another fight on Nov 5th anyway?

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

They moved Donaire at Top Rank's request.

Jason (Riverside,CA)

Hi Dan. A while back you talked about the possibility of doing a 24 hour "Freakathon" chat to raise money for charity. Are we any closer to seeing that happen?

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

No, if someone wants to plan it, I'd probably do it.

greek the geek (IT terminal) (silicon valley)

just made PACMAN's pic (on today's notebook) screensaveron all my departments COW's (computers-on-wheels)...figh freak or PAC fanatic?

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

I guess both.

Kevin (LA)

I think Arum's "5%" number dramatically underestimates the MMA/boxing overlap (though I don't think it will matter for Manny)

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

I agree. I think there is way more than a 5% overlap.

Tim (Santa Monica, CA)

Any ideas on who would be on the Pacquiao undercard? Top Rank fighters' schedules seem pretty full...

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

As I have said, it is not set. They wont announce it for a bit. However, there is a good chance Brandon Rios could be on it, according to Top Rank and Rios' manager.

sabo (cordoba argentina)

Do you like Donaire-Narvaez? It is said they are really close to make it. Narvaez is one of the bests in argentina but moving up in weigh and fighting nonito will be really hard for him. I t would be a good fight!

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

Of the available guys on the list that HBO and Top Rank are going over he is the most accomplished and notable. My only concern is that he is a lot shorter than Donaire and just physically smaller. But he's undefeated, has faced some good opponents, was an Olympian, was a flyweight titleholder (as was Nonito) and now has a 115 belt. I'd sort of rather see Donaire go to 122 and face a quality guy but if he is going to defend his 118 titles, then Narvaez is probably the best of the guys on the list.

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Is Shane Moseley planning 2 fight again? Hopefully he retires.

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

Shane has not made any publci statements about his plans.

Karl (NY)

Dan, do you mow your own lawn?

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

These are my readers.

Clay (Chattanooga)

Dan - do you know what times the HW fights will air on EPIX Sat 8/27?

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

We are on the air live at 5 pm ET. The show opens with Povetkin-Chagaev followed by Helenius-Liakhovich (they do the main event first in Germany).

Seamus (Boston)

I hope HBO aren't making the Donaire card a one fight broadcast. Show could be over before it begins.

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

One fight show.

Dylan (Ft. Collins)

Amir: Move away from the Twitter. Put down your Iphone and step away from the Twitter account....

Greg (Santa Monica)

Dan, are there any fights scheduled in support of Canelo at Staples? Thanks.

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

There will be but I have not gotten a bout sheet yet.

omar (las colinas)

hey dan! can you please answer this question for me, i been looking everywhere for details but can not find an answer. Will the Mayweather/Ortiz be available for online purchase?? if so what site?? thanks

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

I not believe it is.

Tim (London)

Can't Richard Schaefer put a lock on Oscar's twitter account or his phone or something? He must be tearing his hair out every time Oscar tweets something ridiculous like he did last week.

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Any news if Golden Boy will find a new opponent for Maidana on Aug 27?

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

No, the card is off entirely. There will be no replacement fight.

KL (PA)

DAN,to be honest with you,I don't like your chats;Sometime I feel like balling up my fist and knocking your teeth out man!!!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

That's ok.

Crazy Person (CA)

NOOOO. HBO has lost my subscription. I NEED TO SEE MIKE MALLO.

Dan Rafael
  (1:37 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!!

Tom (Sacramento)

No word on how Guerrero's MRI came back?

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

Not yet. I have been asking GB about it.

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

Tennis is on again tonight! If 9pm comes and it's still on, flip to Espn Deportes.

Wilkie (Toronto)

if you dont like the chat, what are you doing here idiot?

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

My thoughts exactly.

Rob (Denton, Tx)

Did Bob really say he is going to put on a good undercard like he always does for Manny fights. Was he not in Dallas of the Manny-Clottey fight ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

Exactly. Not Top Rank's finest hour.

Justin (Cranston, RI)

Dan, I've been following your chats for a long time and never posted. I figure you must have a crazy boxing memorabilia collection, what's your most cherished item?

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

I have a fight-used corner jacket from Arturo Gatti's fight against De La Hoya that Gatti signed. There's blood on it.

Dennis (Pittsburgh)

What's next for Kermit Cintron? After two lackluster performances in a row...

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

I have no idea but whatever it is hopefully it doesn't infect my TV.

Mario (Queens)

Is Don King still involved in the boxing game?

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

Yes, duh. And a happy 80th birtday to DK. His birthday is Saturday.

Aaron (Hartford)

is there gonna be a final fight camp for Ward Froch ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:45 PM)

Showtime has not announced that but I would be pretty shocked if there wasn't.

Anthony (Sacramento)

Dan would you consider this a "golden age" at super middle considering its a relatively new division?

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

It's up there. There were some great fights back earlier in the division with Nigel Benn, Eubank, McClellan and others as well.

Dave (Chicago)

as an addendum to is DK still in boxing: Do they still throw punches in boxing?

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Maybe Cintron should try wrestling. He's pretty good at jumping out of rings.

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

He actually has background from his days as a high school wrestling star.

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

A bunch of you have asked if BHop-Dawson will be available in the movie theaters. I emailed Richard Schaefer during the chat to ask him and he just got back to me. He says he does not know yet. So I guess it is possible, but nothing has been set either way.

Harry J (Hou-Tex)

Thinking back to Lewis v Tyson, What did Showtime get out of the deal? I can't recall.

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

Millions of dollars back that Tyson owed it.

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

Millions of dollars back that Tyson owed it.

Al M (NYC)

London New York Oakland in three days? Did i read that correctly?

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

Yes you did.

Anthony (Sacramento)

I understand the controversy of Abner's win, but I thought Showtime would or should have at least had a trophy presentation. Your thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

Yeah, I thought about that too. I was surprised there was nothing given to Abner, at least on camera, signifying winning the tournament.

shaun (seattle)

dan, you obviously have interest in collecting boxing cards, but have you seen the 2011 Leaf Muhammad Ali set or the 2010-11 Ringside Rd. 1 and 2 cards? finally something cool to collect for the fight freak demographic

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

I have seen them, pretty cool.

Michael (Long Beach, CA)

Oscar needs an intervention on his Twitter account.

Oscar (Tampa,FL)

hey Dano, Thoughts on Angulo joining GBP?

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

Did not come as much of a surprise. His relationship with Shaw was fractured beyond repair and they made a deal for the contract. GB promotes shows in Mexico so they can at least get Angulo fights while trying to help him get his immigrations issues worked out.

Chris (San Diego)

Is Mayorga on twitter or is that an imposter? He always calls you out...

Dan Rafael
  (1:59 PM)

I'm pretty sure it's fake. Mayorga does not speak English very well.

Chris (Rotterdam Jct (Schalmont))

I really hope Top Rank picks Navarez to face Donarie. Of all the opponents mention, he brings the most intrigue. The guy just wins!

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

I suspect that will be the fight. That's the one Arum wants and I'm pretty sure HBO will sign off on it.

Joel (Queens, NY)

Is Sven Ottke a hall of famer?

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

Not on my annual ballot.

David (Cape Canaveral)

OK Dan I get it that Amir Khans star is on the rise, but to say that he wants 'lil Floyd after two more fights but feels that 'lil Floyd will avoid him is just too much...your thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

Fighter rhetoric that some people put way too much stock into.

Aaron (Hartford)

Dan....Sergio Martinez is the middleweigh champ of the world and a pound for pound ranked fighter....please tell HBO to do a 1/2 countdown show on him to get people more familiar with him. His looks and marketability are endless and HBO needs to realize this....no ?

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

I agree with what you say about Sergio but a countdown for a fight with Barker is a waste.

Dan Rafael
  (2:07 PM)

OK, Freaks, thanks for chatting today. Make sure to check out the news stories, notebook, yesterday's blog and the one that will be out later today. Enjoy the FNF finale. Should be a good show. Talk to you next week. Peace.