Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to the weekly chat. The big notebook is up, two video blogs are up, some blogs (including my Tyson interview) and some news stories. So check it out and we can discuss it all on what is a pretty light fight weekend other than Kelly Pavlik's comeback and a good ESPN2 main event tonight between Dannie Williams and Hank Lundy. So let's get to it.
Next for Andre Ward? Hopefully not Anthony Dirrell..please
He is a mandatory and it is due so I do think that is a possibility.
Is Gale Von Hoy the worst judge since the OJ SImpson trial?
Pay the man, Shirley.
Hey Dan! call me crazy, but wouldn't you still like to see a PAVLIK-ABRAHAM fight, seems viable for that June 9 undercard. Likely would be a good fight..
I wouldnt necessarily mind seeing it but there is zero chance of it being on that card.
Does Molina get the Paul Williams fight now that Kirkland is on the shelf with the surgery?
He should but he probably won't.
Pirog - Geale and Trout - Dzindzriuk?!?!? OH MY GAAAAAWD!!!!!! That's 3 of my favourite fighters right there!!! I am extatic!!! This makes PERFECT sense for everybody involved AND fulfills HBO's promise to Dzindziriuk!! And provides an opponent for Martinez. And is just good matchmaking. WAR Artie Pelulo!!!!!
Well said. And Gary Shaw too.
Dan did u watch Kimbo Slice fight? I heard his Ko would make Likar Ramos very proud.
I saw it on youtube. Ramos still wins the Academy Award but Kimbo's opponent deserves a nomination.
Hey Dan, good main event for FNF tonite, who you got Lundy or Williams?
I kind lean to Lundy but it should be a nice fight.
changing the result of the Molina-Kirkland bout to a NC is interesting. do you think that would be a fair solution?
Assuming Pavlik Wins Big this weekend. name a few boxers you would like to see him face in his 2nd fight in June.
No because if he fights in June it will be another lesser sort of fight.
The WBO had it right the first time when they weren't going to sanction the Cleverly-Krasniqi fight.
But then they did their usual fraud nonsense and sanctioned it.
Dan, what ever happend with the whole James Kirkland pee test?
He filled the second vile after the fight.
happy firday danimal! so whats the news with chavez jr.
Supposed to go June 16 on HBO, maybe vs Andy Lee or Vanes Martirosyan. But, according to Billy Keane, Chavez's manager, Top Rank is insisting Chavez sign a contract extension as part of the deal and they rightfully are refusing since they say they still have 16 months left on the deal. Why should Chavez sign an extension if he doesnt want to yet? Anyway, I assume it will be resolved and he'll fight on June 16. But anyone who tells you a Sept. 15 fight with Sergio Martinez is done is full of it, despite some poor reporting around the Web.
Does Gamboa fight again this year or will the legal disputes keep him on the shelf? Would Broner be a logical opponent since Gamboa was planning to move up in weight
Gamboa is simply on ice right now until this legal thing plays out. Could be short if they make a settlement of some kind or could drag on. No way to tell right now. Forget the Broner fight. That's a TR/GB thing and wont happen any time soon, especially with Gamboa's situation so unsettled.
NUTS AND GUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What are your thoughts about Latimore-Quintana on the May 5 PPV? I'd much rather see that the night before on FNF.
The fight does very little for me. Not impressed.
I have a work assignment due in an hour, but I think I should let it marinate for a while. Thoughts?
Go for it.
Very excited at the annoucment of title unification of Pirog, and Geale. Do you think theres any chance the winner will fight Chavez Jr, Sturm, or even Sergio Martinez? I definetly think it would be good for boxing to have a undisputed champ.
Make no mistake -- Martines is THE champ, belts or no belts. That said, having a fight like Geale-Pirog on HBO is great because it will raise the profiles of both guys and help create a possible opponent for Martinez while also giving fans a good, competitive fight.
I had Shane Mosley beating Mayweather 117-111.
Why so close?
What are the chances of a Brook, Khan fight in the near future. I know Amir wants to move up and it would seem like huge money across the pond.
I think unlikely for now. Khan has his eyes on much bigger fights, not a domestic fight. Brook is going to have to do a lot more than beat up Matthew Hatton to get into that level fight.
Do you think that the WBC enforces the Olesegun mandatory? He can give Garcia a lot of trouble and I can see his team (Al Haymon) trying to avoid fighting him.
The wretched WBC makes stuff up as it goes along so I have no idea if they will follow their rules. If the fight does happen, Garcia will be a very tough fight.
I hate it that Texas is getting a bad rep for the recent troubles. We've got some great boxing fans and thousands of freaks down here!!!
The fans are great. The regulation and officiating is terrible.
I am pleased to announce that Gale Van Hoy is the new official WBC silver champion of judging...in return for a small sanctioning fee.
So dan, how is the new madonna album treating you? Is it still as good as the first listen?
I'm enjoying it and looking forward to the September concert I have tix for.
The State of Texas Commission acts as if they don't care about all the controversial outcomes in their fights, and are answerable to nobody. Makes me appreciate the State of New Jersey even more for how they handled the Williams vs Lara judges.
With Williams-Kirkland a no go for 6/30. What has GBP mentioned as possible for the card at the Verizon Center? Seth Mitchell?
Any word on a possible co-headliner for the June 9 PPV?
I've been hearing maybe Arce on the Pacquiao-Bradley card.
Dan, 640 million now for the Mega Millions. I would pay Floyd and Manny PERSONALLY to fight in my grandmother's living room.
My wife bought some tix yesterday on the way home from work. If I win, don't expect a Monday Scorecard next week.
Match-making at it finest ..... who would win in this fight: Mike Tyson's face tattoo or Jim Lampley's new glasses? The veteran Tyson's tatto will be a real test for those new Lampley glasses, but I think the up-and-coming glasses, with it's strong over-the-top dark color and "in your face" style of nose sitting will have the edge.
I like the tattoo by KO.
Wrestlemania predictions ?
Cena, Undertaker, Jericho, Big Show.
RIP Bert Sugar :(
Definitely. I was really sad about that. Bert was a longtime friend and just a wonerful guy to hang with. He was always great to me, a real mensch.
Hello Dan. Has the Staples center been officially announced as the venue for the Ortiz-Berto rematch? If so, do you know when tickets go on sale?
It's not official yet but that will be the site.
Dan, Was really impressed by Zab last week. Do you think he waits for the Khan/Peterson winner, or goes in another direction?
Zab looked great. The Peterson-Khan rematch is not far away so I'm sure he'll wait to see what happens and decide what he wants to pursue.
Dan, if you win the 640mil forget the scorecard but you still have to do the weekly chats!!!
Just finished the notebook for this week. Does it hurt or help the fighters like Sadam Ali who insist on promoting themselves?
In Ali's case, it doesn't help. He is so far off the radar at this point. He is spinning his wheels.
Any opponent yet for Adrien Broner on May 19?
Not yet. They're having a really hard time coming up with someone. The 130 division is horrible and some guys have turned it down or are not available.
My scorecard read David Haye 119 - Klitshcko 110
I bet if you win Mega Millions we still get a Monday scorecard.
I bet you are wrong.
I thought Molina was winning the fight but made it so ugly with all the hold and pushing. I not really looking forward to seeing him fight again. He looked a lot better in his past fights
If the referee would not warn him Molina just kept doing what was working. And I didnt think the holding was all that bad. Kirkland initiated some of it too. And Molina also landed a lot of shots upside Kirkland's head. He dominated even with some holding.
Ok Dan you have been at ESPN for a while now. Don't you think it's time to establish the Freak's Hall of Shame? If so, I would nominate Jose Suliaman and Gale Van Hoy to be on the first ballot.
"I'm not Mother Teresa, but I'm not Charles Manson either."
That's Tyson for ya. Great quote.
how did Rahman become a 'mandatory'?
It's the vile WBA. Dumb question.
Any chance the Geale/Pirog card winds up in NYC at the Theater in MSG? Shaw should do some promoting and market it to the Russian community here, do you think thats a possibililty or is this card destined for Chumash?
It wont be at either place.
I predict these "smart" phones are a crazy fad, and we'll be back to using reliable pay phones any day now.
I had Sarah Palin winning the 2008 presidential race 48 states to 2.
Dan with HBO PPV doing the Rios fight and JMM on 4/14, will it have Lamply, Steward and Kellerman calling the fight or a different announce team?
No, Top Rank is doing the production and will use its announcers.
"Super Six World Boxing Classic washout Arthur Abraham". Lol. That'll be written on his tombstone one day.
True isn't it?
Is there any place where I would be able to watch the Pavlik fight? Internet, anything?
Live on Azteca America at 9 pm ET on Saturday.
Hey? Did we win?
Any site yet for Tarver-Kayode? Small casino in Wyoming?
Not yet, but I've heard a few places mentioned, including SoCal.
I scored the first round of Pacquiao/Hatton to Hatton
Big Diego Magdeleno fan, looked good in his next fight. Hope he gets a title shot soon.
He has looked good and I think he will sooner than later. He fights in a wide open division, which should help.
I will judge the cook-off at your upcoming Memorial Day BBQ. I have begun filling out my scorecard already.
Thanks to Antwone Smith, I now watch fights on mute
How utterly annoying is his constant grunting?
Any truth to talks of Cloud-Pascal? Love it! Bombs away!
Yes, being discussed for August on Showtime. I have some stuff about it in my blog, which should be published at any time.
Not even Jim Lampley's funky glasses could have seen what Gale Van Hoy saw on Saturday night.
Not sure what you were watching, but Molina's holding was beyond excessive. Ref did an extremely poor job at stopping it. Ruling at the end was a joke too
Schorle was HORRIBLE.
Michael Grant over Lennox Lewis Rd 1
I had Arthur Abraham winning the Super Six final 120-108
Hi Dan! How impressed are you with Bryant Jennings? Do you think he has as much upside as America's other top heavyweight prospect, Seth Mitchell?
Jennings looked good vs Liakhovich and he is developing. I'd like to see more of him.
I see Wladimir Klitschko sold his Olympic Gold Medal and raised $1,000,000 for disadvantaged children in Ukraine. Why does such a fine man and great champion as Wlad receive so much bashing and negative criticism from some people?
Because a lot of people are morons. (By the way, the guy who bought it gave it back to Wladimir and will just donate the money.)
My score card for Custer's Last Stand: Custer 118 - Indians 111
It was fun flipping between the Judah/Paris card on NBC and the Garcia/Morlaes on HBO. Not only no commercles but no 1 minute between rounds. Just non stop boxing.
I thought Montell Griffin had a strong 1st round in that rematch with Roy Jones Jr.
Keith Olbermann did a great tribute to Bert Sugar (Keith's first job) on Monday. Here's the link for those intrested: http://current.com/shows/countdown/videos/keith-olbermann-pays-tribute-to-the-life-of-his-first-boss-boxing-writer-and-historian-bert-randolph-sugar
Yup, I watched that. It's terrific. All Fight Freaks should check it out.
Gale Van Hoy is a complete nightmare, but in defense of the man, he is nearly 135 years old. I heard he graduated from High School with Yoda.
Which is why he should not be permitted to judge anymore, like when elderly people have to give up their drivers license because they could hurt someone. Well Van Hoy hurts fighter's careers with his obscene scoring.
James Toney got robbed against Lebedev. I had it 119-110 Toney!
Note to Freaks, many Bert Sugar ESPN.com chats are available on the archive: http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/archive/_/id/246/name/bert-sugarAlways a good read.
Munroe vs Quigg. Great fight, crappy belt. They don't need that trinket to help sell/promote the fight!
Agreed. The vile WBA is a joke for creating another pointless interim belt.
Povetkin-Rahman? Wladimir-Thompson II? Really? Who do we have to thank for this?
The vile WBA and IBF.
are you looking forward to seeing Sillakh batter and punish Grachev or does the fight not do much for you?
I always like seeing Sillakh, although I am not very familiar with Grachev.
Dan, Texas should never hold a fight again. This is what keeps the common sports fan away from the sport.
I've heard that a lot of fight freaks miss seeing your cabinets during the Ring Tones segments...
Goliath 120 - David 108
Maybe Gale Van Haye (I mean Hoy) was having trouble with his toe Saturday night.
Hey Dan had a quick question!!!!! Any word on where the Ortiz - Berto fight is going to be held???? gonna be a great card with Soto vs Mathyses undercard!!!!!!
Most likely Staples Center.
More of a chance for the HALL OF FAME- Pavlik or Jermain Taylor?
I guess this will be known as the Van Hoy chat. I love when your chats get a title.
On your next Ring Tones segment while talking, you should hold and pet one of your cats Dr. Claw style.
LOL. Actually, during the taping last week, one of my cats jumped up on the desk I was at and he nearly wagged his tail in front of the camera.
Who else had Kevin Johnson beating Vitali ?
What do you think Paulie Malignaggi's chances are of pulling out a win in the Ukraine?
He'll need to put on a boxing masterclass to get a decision there because he has almost no chance for a KO.
I had Gatti ahead of Mayweather 59-55 at the time of the stoppage
The way Zab looked, any more interest in a Khan rematch?
No. Why? He had his chance and did NOTHING.
Does Gale Van Hoy get up and use the restroom during fights, like one of those old guys that has to pee a lot?
Pay the man, Shirley!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Did you catch Jimmy Iovine's shout out to Harold Lederman on idol last night ?
YES!! I tweeted about it. That was epic.
Mormeck was cruising towards a UD before Wlad stopped him
Gale Van Hoy had Santa Cruz beating Cassamayor. . . . Oh wait a min some other blind judges actually did score the fight that way
Any news on the love child?
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. He headlines NBC Sports Net card on June 1 vs. Gabe Rosado.
Baldomir got robbed against Floyd
I had Diaz beating Malignaggi. Oh wait a minute, I actually did.
Dan, during your dinner with your wife for your anniversary what type.of food did u eat? AfriCAn? AmeriCAN? MexiCAN? DominiCAN?
LOL!!! AmeriCAN. We had a lovely night out to celebrate. 8 years.
I had Judah ahead 1-0 versus the shower stall
Great piece on Kelly Pavlik and his work with Robert Garcia in today's notebook. Garcia is now established himself as one of the top five trainers in the sport. You agree?
Thanks. Robert has a good stable to top fighters and he is certainly part of their success. Donaire, Rios, his brother Mikey.
Gale DAN hoy, who has better chance of winning, Cotto or Bradley?
Than nickname offends me.
Hopefully Gale doesn't get the call to read out tonights numbers.
If he had the winning Mega Millions ticket would he even know it?
why all the hate for gale van hoy? i think he's a fine judge.
Guess you guys have to stick together.
Dan, do you know how much they will be charging for the Rios PPV April 14th?
I believe it is $44.95.
Worst career moves for Gale Van Hoy: 1) air traffic controller, 2) proctologist, 3) judge that decides death row appeals
Wow. Just wow.
Is Jessie Vargas getting snubbed from the Mayweather-Cotto card now that Deandre Latimore is opening up the PPV?
No, Vargas vs Alfonso Gomez is still on the PPV.
Si Hun Park over RJJ
Dan, what happen to Casey Ramos? Wasn't he supposed to fight on the opening bout of the televised card this weekend in San Antonio?
I was told he had strep throat and withdrew.
Somehow, I think Eugenia Williams is thankful for Gale Van Hoy...
Happy to announce I will be taking over Chuck Giampa on 'Inside The Mind Of A Judge'......... .....
So sad to see that Frank Warren, through his matchmaking, has been clear in stating he has absolutely no faith in Nathan Cleverly's abilities.
The recent Cleverly matches are a disgrace. Giving him one duck like Karpency, whatever. I get it, it was the homecoming. But two in a row is sad, especially when you go back on your word about making the mandatory. Shame on Frank and Cleverly.
Dan, we better not see delay in your Monday Scorecard going up. We are all gonna freak out thinking you won! Remember the freaks if u win lol
Maybe if I win there will be a Freak BBQ!!!!
What do you think of Mundine skipping out on Trout?
No surprise. Mundine camp has never wanted that fight ever. And I have no issue with that fine. But dont lead them on making them think you want it, coming close to a deal when Trout agreed to go to Australia and then reneg on the deal. They could have also simply declined instead of wasting everyone's time on the purse bid.
Read where Sky turned down a possible Vitali-Toe Boy fight, any truth to that and do you think that fight happens ever?
I hadn't heard that but if so, good for Sky. Vitali vs Toe is a joke right now. Toe does not deserve a shot at the title or the payday. Let him go beat a real guy first instead of trying to con his way into another money fight. #toe
I have just been offered a job as the head NFL reply official! #excited
Who really has the last slot on the undercard of Mayweather/Cotto? Yesterday there were reports the Ponce De Leon was on the card.
Ponce was considered for the card. At this point I dont think he is on. The lineup for TV will be Mayweather-Cotto, Alvarez-Mosley, Vargas-Gomez and Quintana-Latimore.
every fight on the mayweather-cotto pay per view is awful.
If you feel that way then don't buy the show. Nobody will force you to.
At the end of the day, some heavyweights are more deserving of title fights than others, but no one is truly a worthy challenger to Vitali - so if he wants to fight Toe, let him fight toe. The outcome will be the same as if he were fighting anyone else.
Anyone is more worthy of Toe at this point.
there be talks about a zab judah vs danny garcia fight....do u think that fight can happen?
I wouldn't mind seeing that. I doubt it will happen, at least for the time being, but you never know. Garcia does have a due mandatory, which I hope is enforced.
How can you say Toe needs to "beat a real guy" before getting a shot at Vitali when you endorse Arreola vs Wlad? Arreola has fought a string of bums. Haye beat Ruiz and Valuev at heavyweight. You need to get over it with Haye.
At least Arreola has stayed busy and won five in a row against the guys who were there. He's not a con artist who has no heart. Arreola goes in there and lays it all out for better or worse. Toe doesn't. #toe
Thought the heavyweight Jennings looked pretty decent last week you think there is some potential there ?
Yes, there is.
We all make jokes about bad ref's, bad judges, and the awful sanctioning bodies, but few solutions are offered. Dan do you have any thoughts on how to clean the sport up? Database of bad judges, and refs? Maybe more investigations into fixes? Somethings gotta happen the number of bad decisions is out of hand!
I agree and I wish I had the answer. All I can do is continue to expose it.
What do you mean bad judges, fixes and bad decisions? Im not sure Im understanding.....however, for a small sanctioning fee we can sit down and discuss these issues.
Speaking of Arreola, will he fight again before getting his probable shot at Wlad
Yes, he will.
Dan - Kessler vs Alan Green? Really?
Unfortunately. What a terrible fight.
since adrien is having a tough time finding an opponent why dont they just give him gary russell jr that shouldnt be hard they have the same promoter
Good fight but I guess you don't understand why it won't be made.
Kessler vs Green is a bad fight, but at least its for a silver belt. That gives it some credibility at least!
My bad. #wbcisdisgusting
What's your stance on 10 - 10 rounds? Do you use them rarely when scoring, or a bit more liberally ala Mr. Atlas?
There is a time and place for them. I probably score a couple per year. I do not think there is a place for a 10-10 in the 12th round of a tight fight, the way Mark Green scored the final round of Garcia-Morales. Typically, if I score a 10-10 round it will be the first round of a fight where nothing happens.
Kudos to the Klitschkos for the Boxing Writer's award. They are among the best ambassadors in the sport and the recognition is richly deserved.
Just watched the Keith Olbermann segment on Bert Sugar. Truly moving.
All Freaks should check that video out.
Dan The Man, please tell Cody in Minneapolis that Champs in St. Paul always has PPV's for a $10 cover. The guy that works the door must be a freak because he calls it a "small sanctioning fee" if he needs to make you change.
Not to spend a lot of time on this garbage fight, but will Kessler v Green be on Showtime?
No, thankfully. Although if it was a Golden Boy or Al Haymon fight, it probably would be. :)
After the Cotto-Yuri Foreman site I made a point to go up and shake Bert Sugar's hand. He was super cool and happy to talk to me. I asked him what he thought of the fight, he smirked and replied, "kid showed he's got matzah balls"
People rag on Klitchko-Thompson 2 but Tony definately earned the opportunity. I would have preferred to see him against Vitali though.
I dont disagree. I'd rather see Tony vs Vitali because it's a fresh fight. But Tony has won 5 in a row, all by knockout, since the first Wlad fight and even though it was lopsided he at least gave Wlad his toughest fight of any of his defenses in this reign. Is it a perfect situation? Definitely not, but it's better than some other fights that could have been made.
Really random question, but is Juan Urango officially retired?
I dont think he called a press conference or put out a press release but he has not been in touch with his promoter, has not fought and has not been heard from. Pretty sure you can he's retired and raising the pigs on his pig farm.
More headbutts?? Wrestlemania or Bradley-Pacqiao?????
any news on devon alexander next fight?
No. He got cut in his last fight and probably wont fight until the late summer or fall.
By the way, here's the notebook link: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7754221/kelly-pavlik-hoping-change-course
My new random thoughts blog has also been posted: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/900/texas-officiating-needs-a-makeover
Dan, great stuff about Bert earlier this week. Would he attend every big fight or just the major big name ones?
Bert would come to most of the PPV fights working for HBO. He'd also come to New York fights regularly.
Dan, fact or fiction that Chavez jr and Martinez will fight on september 15?
I'll believe it when I see it. I do not think it happens.
I considered Sugar the most knowledgeable 'historian' when it came to boxing, now that hes passed, who takes that mantle from him, or whos in the running?
That is a good question. There is a huge void.
What really boggles my mind is how can millions of boxing fans have more reasoning and common sense then actually licensed judges like amm Gale Van Hoy? Plus at every fight when they show the judges they are older than 50 easily, I've seen some look in their 80s, lol. I just don't get it.
You and me both my Freak brother.
Dan, I'm a high school teacher and one of my students just got a bad test grade in my class. He referred to it has being "Van Hoyed). True story. I think I'm supposed to be insulted but it was pretty funny.
do u think kelly pavilk will stay on the right path? when the big fights or big money comes do u think he will go back to his old ways?
How would I know? I just hope Kelly keeps his life and career together. It will be good for him and good for boxing.
Dan if you win the lottery buy the rights to Don King's video collection and start your own channel.
I had Creed over Drago at the time of death.
How much would you take from the Garcia-morales fight? Is it a case of an impressive young fighter or an old Morales making Garcia look good?
I thought Garcia won the fight but did not look overly impressive. A Morales closer to his prime crushes him. But Garcia had the youth and quickness and just is fresher physically and had more than Morales, who even as an old fighter, was still very competitive. So I'd say it was a combination of both.
Dan, is there any indication what personal problem Niskioka is dealing with right now? I can't wait for him to fight again.
I've asked his people and they aren't saying.
I'm not defending Van Hoy in any way shape or form but I challenge any Freak out there to mute any fight and judge it for yourselves, just to see how close you are to the "real" judges scores. Sometimes its really easy, sometimes not so much. Granted, Molina over Kirkland should have been easy.
Kirkland-Molina was very easy. And keep in mind, the fans in the arena and media dont have access to the commentary either.
Dan, does Garcia's camp realize they need to straighten out his shots a bit - it seems like that is going to hurt him against a faster fighter
They've been hearing it for years and dont nothing to clean it up.
Garcia just doesn't impress me to be honest. He wins his fights based on pure determination.
What's wrong with that?
Speaking of video collections, Dan who has possession of the extensive library of the deceased Bill Cayton and Jimmy Jacobs.
ESPN bought that library years ago.
garcia maidana makes sense. good fight.
Very good fight. I talked about it in this week's Ring Tones. http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7752420&categoryid=2491554
Here's my other Ring Tones from this week on Pavlik's comeback: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7752490&categoryid=2491554
I think Judah looked great, but what about Paris, how do you look that confused after talking all the mess?
Paris is/was vastly overrated. I was at his fight with Emanuel Augustus, who I thought schooled him on the Bradley-Alexander undercard and Paris got a GIFT. I'm mad at myself for picking him to beat Judah.
hey dan what time does linares fight start?
Fox Deportes telecast begins at 10 pm ET on Saturday.
Fox Deportes telecast begins at 10 pm ET on Saturday.
Dan, I love that HBO is showing the replay of Mayweather/Corrales. I've only seen it once and it gives me a chance to save it on my DVR. Do you think thats Mayweathers best performance he's had so far?
I love that HBO gave fans the chance to pick the classic fight replay. I was at Mayweather-Corrales and it was a BRILLIANT Mayweather performance. Five knockdowns against undefeated monster with one-shot KO power at 130. Mayweather made him look like an amateur. I rate that as Mayweather's most impressive victory.
Dan. Sat right behind you and press row last weekend in Reliant. Did you see anyone on the undercards you liked? What was the reason for Cotto/Castillo not happening?
I liked how the Charlo brothers looked, especially the one with the big KO. Cotto declined to accept the fight when Castillo was way overweight and Cotto was already spotting him weight to begin with. Then Castillo did not make an attempt to lose anything after he was over. In fact, he gained weight when he weighed again later. So the fight was canceled.
My DVR ran out in the middle of the Judah-Paris fight. Does anyone know when it will re-play?
Check the cable guide. There are some replays scheduled.
Whats up Dan, long time since I been on the chat, Just want to say how disgusted I was in the robbery of Molina's performance and Gale Van Hoy scorecard, why is he allowed to judge, his bosses must be blind to if they continue to let him judge
When is HBO showing PBF/Corrales? Please and thank you!
Somebody didnt read the notebook. I forget the time and day but it is listed in today's notebook.
Chris Chatman is no joke and Jermell Charlo annihilated him. That was really impressive.
A one-punch, clean knockout. Was impressive, although I was not very impressred with Chatman at all.
Dan, what did you make of the Proksa loss? I was surprised after his previous dominant performance, although, I had him winning the fight close.
I think the cut hurt him for sure and I also think many of us overrated him for the Sylvester victory when it might have also had to do with Sylvester being a bit shot, so much to the point that he retired after the fight. Maybe Proksa got too much credit for beating Sylvester.
Maybe my perception was skewed because I was rooting for Kirkland but it seem that Molina had a 1:1 punch to grab ratio...
You're being a bit overdramatic.
Dan, How are tickets sales going for Hopkins vs Dawson II?
I've heard very well, actually.
For all the grief Blind Van Hoy has gotten today, Jon Schorle has not gotten nearly enough.
Dan,Could you see a possisble rematch between Arreola and Adamek as their next fights?
Not next, no chance. Arreola is going to get Wlad later in the year. But I could see that down the road for sure. This time in Newark.
Dan, Kirkland looked really SLOW and just not into it last week, do you think now that we know he needs shoulder surgery is the reason why his performance was bad?
I think that had to be part of it.
Rumor has it....Gale Van Oy scored the first round 10-9 for Spinks against Mike Tyson lol
Jon Schorle is an abomination of an official. Not just in boxing, but in MMA as well. I have been saying for years that he is the worst "referee" (I use the term loosely) in all of combat sports. Not only does he not know the rules, but i can think of at least a half dozen instances where he has nearly gotten someone killed.
hey dan when is espn gonna give u your own show?
who got worst luck,gabriel campillo or carlos molina?
Any update on when golovkin is fighting again?
I spoke to his people recently and probably summerish in Europe.
Have you ever been to Prudential for an Adamek fight?
I've covered a fight there but it was not Adamek.
hey dan are the weekend scorecards archived on espn.com? would like to see some of them as i look forward to them each week
Yes, they are all in my archive, which is in date order.
Adamek vs Jennings on June 16th?
Doubtful. I dont think they'll do that. Would be interesting though.
Is JMM-Rios as good a match-up as a Rios-Gamboa was? For me it isn't even though it sounds like a great great fight.
I'd like to see either one, although my preference given the choice between the two would have been for Rios-Gamboa.
I would put Floyd vs Gatti up there as well. But I dont think anyone expected him to do what he did to Diego.
Mayweather vs Gatti was an epic mismatch. Gatti had a big name but no chance to actually win unless he landed a miracle shot.
Dan who was responsible at hbo for putting up past mayweather and cotto fights up to a fan vote to be aired a couple of days before their fight. Im looking forward to seeing mayweather corrales again
I dont know but that is HBO PPV chief Mark Taffet and his excellent staff. That was a great idea, whoever had it.
Dan, Judah-Rios, any interest?
Not really. Other fights I am more intersted in.
youtube has Floyd v Diego widely available for those freaks who cant wait to see it again. I have watched it at least 10 times.
I would suggest you find some other activities to fill your obviously empty schedule.
Dan, did you see the Campbell-Cayo fight last week? thoughts
Have not seen the fight, but saw the result. Terrific win for Nate.
OK, Fight Freaks, thanks for chatting today. Hope you get a chance to read all the new stuff from the week and today. And enjoy FNF tonight and the Pavlik fight tomorrow and, of course, WrestleMania on Sunday!!! Talk to you next week. Peace.