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April 6, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (11:59 AM)

Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to the weekly chat. There's a new big notebook posted and plenty of other blogs and news stories from the week. Light weekend of boxing with the Easter and Passover holidays but it is the calm before the storm of May and June. So check out all the stuff and let's get to it.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

I know JMM and Brandon Rios aren't racing the stiffest competition, but I'm still going to order the PPV to see these guys in the ring. I was disappointed that there wouldn't be HBO commentators on the show, but I'm glad now that the good man BK is on it!

Dan Rafael
  (12:00 PM)

Agreed. I like watching Marquez and Rios and if you like those guys then the PPV is fine. Rios was supposed to fight Gamboa on HBO. When that dropped out what was Top Rank supposed to do? So they did what they had to do, keep the show alive and add the Marquez fight from Mexico. Basically they made lemonade out of lemons. And I am also happy to hear that Brian Kenny will do the blow-by-blow on the PPV (along with Rich Marotta and Raul Marquez).

Rafal (Poland)

Dan, who do you pick in the Adamek - Chambers fight? Do you think Adamek if he wins stands any chance against Wlad?

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

Solid fight between two good contenders who are at least about the same size. I dont think either guy has a chance against either Klitschko and both have already been utterly destroyed by one of them.

Garth (Norwalk, CT)

Dan, great job once again by Epix in picking up Froch/Bute. Hopefully if Bute wins he can get a fight against Ward.

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

I'm excited to call the fight and if Bute does win, the fight we all want to see is Ward-Bute. Hopefully, it will happen.

cody (montana)

so let me see if i have this right, you can assault the ref (judah), use plaster in ur gloves (margarito), and get off easier then accusing a ref of gamblng problems while concussed? oh ok

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

Bingo.

carl texas [via mobile]

If zab Judah wins at least 1 or 2 more fights any possibility he could face manny pacquiao

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

I'd never say never.

Aaron aka Peter (Playing)

Why do you hate the WBC so much? It is great having multiple belts.

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

#wretched

Chris (Tempe)

Dan, I'm happy that Andy Lee finally got a big fight, but does he have any chance of getting a fair shake in Texas?

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

I was also happy for Lee. He's a good guy and an exciting fighter who has stayed active and earned the opportunity. As for Texas, that is always a crapshoot.

Chris (Tempe)

Dan, does HBO plan to replay the Marquez and Rios fights the week following the PPV?

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

No. Top Rank is producing the show, not HBO. It will not be replayed on HBO.

Nicholas (Montreal )

If Hopkins loses do you see him retiring or continuing on to face a guy like Nathan Cleverly?

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

If BHop loses I would hope he retires at his age. He has nothing to prove and has made tens of millions of dollars and still has his marbles. If he gets ripped off or it's really close, I could see him going on. If he wins, I think he'll probably take another fight. Cleverly would be possible.

JR (Los Angeles)

so now with Maidana going to train with robert garcia does that mean theres no chance of a rios vs. maidana match up in the future

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

Not unless TR and GB make peace.

Eric (Omaha)

Dan - With Quintana-Lattimore on the PPV, will there still be FNF at the Hard Rock May 4?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

Yes, that is being planned now. The May 4 ESPN2 card likely will be headlined by Daniel Ponce De Leon.

Brooks (New Hampshire)

Happy Friday Dan - With Linares losing, where does DeMarco go from here? Who would you like to see him fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

I'd like to see him give Hank Lundy a shot.

Jonathan (Atlanta)

Dan, the notebook got me thinking, Taylor vs Pavlik, the comeback battle?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

You never know.

AJ (Boston)

Is Winky Wright a HOFer?

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

Has a good chance. He was a legit undisputed 154 champ, beat Mosley twice, beat Tito (albeit an old Tito), had a really good run. Was competitive with BHop way over his natural weight. One of the best defensive fighters ever. Was a longtime p4p ranked guy. I think he has a real shot to make it.

Charles (Portland, OR)

Hey Dan . . . Terdsak.

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

He lost today to Ao in Japan.

Boxingtitan (Da Big Apple)

Dan please shed some light on this topic. When a fighter license is suspended in another country i.e Euro, Canada etc. Can a fighter who is on suspension in another country, can he fight in the US?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

The commissions would look to see if he is suspended. If it's medical, he would not be licensed. If it is administrative or disciplinary they could potentially license him.

Jose (SF, CA)

Dan, any word on when we can expect Andre Ward back in action?

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

Good question. I think this summer.

Chris (Seattle)

Could that Face-Off with Mayweather and Cotto have been any more of a snoozer? Total lovefest, which kind of makes the point of the segment moot.

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

I have it on my DVR and have not watched it yet. I'll get to it this weekend.

Chris (Boston)

Is there anyway Hershman can pressure Broner & Golden Boy to fight Takashi Uchiyama? I like Monty Meza Clay but not at 130 and want to see Broner vs. a top flight talent.

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

No. Uchiyama probably has no reason to come here and that fight definitely does not fit the budget for the May 19 show.

Jose (Miami, FL)

What's up Dan! I'm on my honeymoon here in Mexico and i'm 2 hours behind but I wanted to be here to join the chat. Freak status?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

No. That is expected.

Jim (Santa Monica)

Is Darchinyan done?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

As a bantamweight, he has been a massive disappointment. Plus he is a small guy in his mid-30s. He's probably done at the top level after losing again today in Japan.

Jon (CA)

DTM - heard from RJJ lately? Is he still entertaining the notion of actually boxing?

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

I haven't spoken to Roy in a few months so no idea what he is planning. I hope it does not include fighting.

Anthony (Houston)

Dan, here's a spoiler for the Face-off: a good portion of it is Floyd explaining sports betting to Cotto. No joke.

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

Sounds amazing. #not

Brooks (New Hampshire)

Dan - do you think Zbik-Sturm will be a competitive fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

I actually do.

Mike (Homer Glen, IL)

Great notebook Dan. DeMarco - Lundy sounds good to me. Any chance of that fight happening? Lundy is a good boxer and makes good fights, as does DeMarco.

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

It would be an easy fight to make I think if the DeMarco side is interested. Not sure if they are.

Ali (Tampa)

Good blog about the Juanman situation in Puerto Rico. I you concerned about the Puerto Rican Boxing commission banning you, or sentencing you to house arrest?

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

I'm not concerned. That said, I love Puerto Rico. One of the best places I have ever been. Great weather, super nice people and some of the best boxing fans in the world. But I strongly believe the commission WAYYYYYY overpunished Lopez.

Lars (Gatineau)

I hope showtime or HBO will take Tavoris Cloud vs Jean Pascal. Good matchup with two nice styles! Cloud will need by far, to fight the fight of his life!

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

Showtime is negotiating the fight with the promoters.

Tod (Philly)

I know the conversations have stalled on a mentioned bout between Alexander vs. Brook, but that would be a very intriguing bout with a bright future for the winner. thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

Let me explain that situation. Some folks took my tweet way out of proportion. Brook promoter Eddie Hearn asked Golden Boy about Alexander, if he was willing to come to the UK to fight Kell on July 7. Richard Schaefer countered by asking if Brook was interested in coming to the US to fight Alexander on his Showtime date on Aug. 18. Neither side was interested in the proposed schedule. Devon wont be ready to fight July 7. Kell just did a huge sellout crowd at home and wants to keep that momentum going and is not going to come to the US yet for a major fight. On top of that, Golden Boy never discussed with the Alexander camp if they were interested in Brook. Kevin Cunningham (Devon's manager/trainer) told me they have no problem with Brook but that he needed to do something notable first before they would fight him because he is totally unknown in the US so beating him does nothing for them yet, which I agree with. So neither side was ducking. They both have other plans and it was never a "negotiation." It was the promoters have a brief concersation and raising the possibility that never went anywhere.

Todd (Florence, SC)

Hey Dan - With Kirkland unavailable, any names being tossed around for Pwill's next opponent? Will he keep his Showtime date?

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

All up in the air.

Guano man (Puerto Rico)

Dan I know ishida just look terrible against paul williams but will therere be any us tv with his fight with pirog.

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

Very unlikely. I'd love to see ESPN3.com pick it up and stream it.

clay (chattanooga)

hey Dan, have you heard any mentioned names for Alexander's 18th date?

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

Not yet, they are just beginning to discuss names.

Joe (San Francisco, CA)

Has Top Rank explained what happened on Azteca America last week with the non-telecast?

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

No.

Boxingtitan (Da Big Apple)

Dan What in the world is the difference between "Eliminator" and "Final Eliminator" ????? WBC Pres is all confused, first time i've ever heard the term "Final Eliminator" #WBCSucks

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

#wbcisdisgusting. They make up their rules as they go along. They are wretched.

Jim (Santa Monica)

How fun was it to create the "Champions" page with 16 footnotes?

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

Absolutely the highlight of my week when I update that.

Sean Mc (Ireland)

If its not going to be each other. Who would you like to see Alexander and Brook in with next?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

Eddie Hearn said he has reached out to opponents such as Jan Zaveck and Joshua Clottey. Both would be legit tests for Brook. As for Devon, I really don't know. If he is going in August that counts out the Ortiz-Berto 2 winner since it's too close. If Malignaggi wins a belt in Ukraine this month it wont be him either since he wants to make his first defense if he wins in Brooklyn in October. Mike Jones-Randall Bailey winner wouldn't be ready and neither would the Aydin-Guerrero winner. So it's hard to say.

@PappaFeez (Dallas)

25th anniversary of Hagler/Leonard. How did you score it?

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

I thought Leonard won a close fight. I've watched it a thousand times. I'm a fan of both fighters but I truly believe Leonard did enough to win closely. Hagler gave away too many early rounds and Leonard did steal some rounds when Hagler did not fight for the full three minutes of each round.

Power Pellets (Las Vegas)

Maybe is like the difference between the Countdown and the Final Countdown.

SeePast (Puerto Rico)

It is rather funny how a lot of the boxing news sites, and almost everyone, except for you, have counted Cotto out. I don't see how people could even be boxing "experts," and yet not see that Cotto has a solid chance. He's a great fighter!

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

I would never count out a warrior like Cotto.

Joe (Frankfurt)

I had issues with the Linares stoppage... Until you had tweeted that it required 24 stitches the close. Is it time for him to find a more defensive minded trainer?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

He has been knocked out early with two different trainers. He has more issues to worry about I think.

Drew (NJ)

The quote from B-hop in the notebook about how they keep matching him with young guys made me laugh. When you recently became the oldest champion in boxing history, EVERYONE is a young guy! Except maybe Holyfield.

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

BHop's opponents though are generally MUCH younger. He is fighting guys not even in their 30s, but in their 20s.

Berndawg (CHI)

Any news on Gennady Golovkin returning to the ring?

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

Nothing specific. K2 told me they had hoped for April or May. Obviously, that is not happening.

Fernando (Los Angeles, Ca)

DANimal.......any word on when tixs for Ortiz/Berto 2 go on sale...also where is the fight going to happen....

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

The fight is at Staples Center (read the notebook today). Tix not set yet, not until AT LEAST next week.

Gale Von Hoy (TX)

I had HHH edging out the Undertaker on Sunday. Close call, but I thought HHH did enough to win.

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

EPIC match last week on WrestleMania, one of the best ever!!!

Brooks (New Hampshire)

James Toney fights this weekend. thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

Pathetic. I heard an interview with him the other night and he is clearly brain damaged. I dont say that to mock him in any way. I have been a Toney fan for many years. But he sounded like he was chewing on rocks. It is sick and sad that any commission would allow him to enter a ring. I am not doctor but James sounds way worse today than he did just a year or two ago.

JP (Columbus, OH)

King Freak - Undertaker 20-0!!!! The Rock was cookin' on Sunday as well! Great event, am I right?!

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

I thoroughly enjoyed WrestleMania. Mrs. DTM and I had a couple of friends over for the PPV. I loved it.

Michael (Long Beach, CA)

Is Gale Van Hoy on the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission?

Derek (Boulder CO)

With the the Vernon Forrest murders getting locked up, I sure hope there are some fight freaks in the Atlanta clinker to make there stay a little more cozy.

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

I was glad to read the dude got life in prison. Let him rot there.

Dalyn (Carson, CA)

Any news on Austin Trout? It seems natural for him to fight again in El Paso, he brought a lot of fans with him last time he fought there. Maybe on the Chavez Jr. undercard?

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Have you not followed the news? Aug 25 vs Dzinziruk on HBO.

Ahmet (Hamburg, Germany)

Did you see the Abraham fight? I think AA looked terrible. He shows signs of being shot. I cant see him beating the winner of Stieglitz vs Groves.

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

I saw it. I thought he looked a lot better than he had in his previous several fights, but he is still nowhere near what he was when he was knocking guys dead at middleweight.

Sean Mc (Ireland)

I read that Lebedev is fighting Mormeck next. Tell me its not true?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

I heard that was possible. If so, another HORRIBLE opponent for Lebedev. First he fights old shot guys like Toney and Jones, then he fights a D-rate Cox and next maybe Mormeck, who absolutely is a waste at this point? Just pathetic.

Boxingtitan (Da Big Apple)

Dan did Kirkland or his camp state which shoulder he injured in the Molina fight? and what round did the injury occured in?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

It was his right shoulder. No specific indication on exactly when it happened.

Javier (Puerto Rico)

dan how about clottey alexander

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

No interest in seeing Clottey on HBO or Showtime. NONE.

Sean Mc (Ireland)

Any glassings at your wrestlemania party, broken toes?

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

No glassing and everyone's toes were just fine. Thanks for asking.

Koichi (NYC)

Robert Garcia's stable just keeps getting stronger, Donaire, Rios, Pavlik, now Maidana? That's awesome.

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Garcia is one of the top trainers and his stable is reflecting that.

JB (VA)

Pavlik's win/return=good news for boxing

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Great news.

Rocky (CA)

I think RJJ should fight Kimbo Slice on PPV.

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

I think you should back away from the computer. Nobody will hurt you. Just get into bed and take a lengthy nap.

Mark (ATL)

What is Bryant Jennings's promotional situation? Is he signed to Main Events (or do they have options on him)? What is the chance that he lands on the Adamek-Chambers undercard (and against whom)?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

He did a new contract with Russell Peltz, which was announced today. He is on the undercard. Opponent TBA.

Wally (Anaheim)

Next week Steve Forbes vs Emanuel Augustus headlining a locals card in Socal. Who do you have in that one if the Drunken Warrior takes it somewhat seriously?

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

Two shot guys. Anything can happen.

Tom (Sacramento)

Seems like Freddie Roach's fighters all need help with defense. Khan, Pacquiao, Linares, Chavez Jr.. Does he not focus on defense so much?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

I dont think it is any secret that Freddie is more of an offensive-minded trainer than defensive. But it's not like he ignores defense or anything. Sometimes it also depends on your fighters. He can teach or show them anything but they need to be able to put it to use.

Javier (Puerto Rico)

dan any chance Dulorme gets the brook figh he will not be that expensive and i believe has a real chance to win

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

Way too soon for Dulorme for that.

Scott (NYC)

what is the chance we get Rios-JMM in July? Less than 50/50?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

Arum addressed that on a conference call this week. After the April 14 card, if Rios and JMM both win, he said he would talk to their sides and see if they could make the fight for the Cowboys Stadium PPV he is planning for July 14.

Mike (Homer Glen, IL)

Any chance HBO does another season of 'On Freddie Roach'? I thought the series was excellent.

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

It's possible.

JOE (NH)

DTM what do you think of Lee Chavez matchup and better yet the winner fighting Martinez?

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

I like the matchup. Watch this video for my view: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7778163&categoryid=2491554

Liam (UK)

Eddie Hearn stated on twitter that Carson Jones could be possible for Kell Brook?

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

That was another name he mentioned. That is not a major step up at all though.

rocco (pa)

danimal i am putting my chat status on the line that chavez jr. beats both andy lee and martinez!

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

You have no chat status.

Dave (San Jose)

Regarding JMM-Rios, that sounds a lot to me like Bob spewing a load of bullcrap and that fight will never happen.

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Guess we will have to wait and see.

Fernando (Los Angeles, Ca)

but what about the LOVE CHILD...

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. June 1 on NBC Sports Net vs Rosado.

R! (Bay Area)

Hank Lundy vs Broner or DeMarco. HBO or SHO should get one of those bouts done for Hammerin Hank!

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

I wouldnt mind Broner vs Lundy on May 19 either if Broner would go up a few pounds.

Joby (VA)

Brock Lesnar back on Raw - did you see it?!

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

Of course!! It was great. And he laid out Cena with the F-5!

Camacho (Yucaipa, CA)

What weight will JMM be fighting at on April 14th? Do you think it would be better for JMM to settle into 147 lbs than cut weight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

He is fighting for a vacant interim 140 belt on April 14.

Keith (Philly)

Yo Dan, do you have any info on the possible Wlad/Arreola fight? Are both sides looking to make that fight in November? Would Wlad take a fight between now and then and would it be at MSG or the new joint in Brklyn? Thanks!

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

Wlad has to win July 7 vs Thompson. If he does, he will fight in the fall and wants to come to the US to fight Arreola. So that is what is in the works. Probably would be at MSG in NY.

Dalyn (Carson, CA)

Is Darchinyan done at 118? It seems he's not the same fighter he was at 115.

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

He never got started at 118, where he has been a complete bust.

Joe (NYC)

I know this is a boxing chat, but it kinda cracked me up that Dana White was so outraged that Alistair Overeem tested positive for steroids. Really, he's shocked that dude was caught juicing?

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

Dana being Dana. But I don't blame him. It really screwed up one of their big shows.

Nicholas (Montreal )

Do you think George Groves a shot against Stieglitz? I thought he looked pretty average against James Degale

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

I think Stieglitz, being at home and being so much more experienced, might be a little too much for Groves at this point.

JOE (NH)

just watched your link for Chavez Lee thanks. It sounds like you might be pulling a little for Chavez? Hope in not reading into anything LOL.

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

I'm not rooting for anyone. I dont care who wins.

clay (chattanooga)

it's really amazing how Vic's massive power at 115lbs didnt carry to 118lbs. seen that happen as drastically before?

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

Well Vic was small when he was at flyweight. In the tiny weight classes a few pounds can make a big difference, but Vic is also a lot older than guys usually are at the top of the small divisions.

@Boxingtitan (Twitter)

Judah look super against Vernon Paris two weeks ago. Fans all over are talking about a potential fight between Judah v Garcia. Match-up wise this would be a solid fight.

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

I agree. Garcia-Judah would be a good fight for both guys.

California Boxing Fan (California)

Dan I really like the background on your ring tones segments. Was that cut out of the FNF studio?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

LOL, I have no idea. The folks in Bristol handled that. But I kinda like it too.

Jeff (Redondo Beach, CA)

Sorry I haven't been at the live chat lately. Wife glassed me.

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

Excuses excuses.

Khalil (Atlanta, GA)

Dan, your thoughts on Floyd saying Pacquiao's win over Cotto doesn't count because it was 2 lbs under the welter limit...

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

Ummm he knocked him out. It counts just like Floyd's win over Marquez counts even though Floyd was over the contract weight.

Jim (Santa Monica)

Any progress on clearing up Gamboa's contract issues?

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Not that I know of. I was told he asked Arum to meet with him at the Cosmopolitan hotel in Vegas along with Luis DeCubas Sr. Gamboa never showed up. Obviously, there are issues. Somebody has to be in his ear giving him terrible advice.

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

Not that I know of. I was told he asked Arum to meet with him at the Cosmopolitan hotel in Vegas along with Luis DeCubas Sr. Gamboa never showed up. Obviously, there are issues. Somebody has to be in his ear giving him terrible advice.

Fabian (San Francisco)

Dan, will you be in Vegas for the Rios fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

No. Once Gamboa dropped out I saw no reason to travel for that show especially with so much stuff coming up. So I will happily be home watching on PPV.

Guanoman (Puerto Rico)

Dan I heard Johnny gonzalez will fight Elio rojas which I consider to be a solid fight will there be american tv for that one maybe espn deportes

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

That fight is set for the end of this month. I'd love to see it on ESPN Deportes but as of now there is no US TV.

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

BRB. Bat phone.

R! (Bay Area)

Rios vs Marquez reminds me of Juan Diaz vs Marquez. I would expect another brilliant battle

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

I'm back. Marquez-Rios is a very intersting fight. Do not think it could possibly be anything but entertaining.

Mark (NYC)

I got WAY more hammered than expected on Saturday night. Did I Jorge Linares myself?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

Any chance of a RAD Saturday?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

No. And why? There are no major fights and it's a holiday weekend.

Wicho (Los Angeles)

Dan, What do you think about Ronny Rios? Have you seen any of his fights?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

I've seen tons of his fights. He is one of Golden Boy's better prospects and he is developing with every fight. He is probably only a couple of more fights away from fighting a more serious opponent. Lots of potential.

@Boxingtitan (Twitter)

Dan do you think more promoters will feature fights on NBCsports?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

Not at this point. Main Events has the exclusive and is doing a good job so far.

Guanoman (Puerto Rico)

does Ivan calderon have anything schedule I hear he was back at 105 trying to get a title back.

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

He is supposed to fight Moises Fuentes for the WBO belt at 105 but it is not officially scheduled as of yet as far as I know.

Jim (Santa Monica)

Is Urbano Antillon still trying to fight? Haven't heard from him since his beatdown from Rios.

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

He has not fought since and has nothing in the works at the moment. It's possible he may call it quits I guess. He's been in some very tough fights. Always have enjoyed watching him and he is a super nice guy out of the ring.

Isai (OKC)

Kudos again to Main Events--their shows is starting to really exceed expectations.

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

I think they are doing a good job. But I won't say they are exceeding expectations. The expectations are for good, solid cards each and every time out.

Don (CT)

Will Rios ever fight Alvarado at 140 ... they're both TR guys ... what's the hold-up on that fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

Excellent fight and I think it could happen down the road. But nothing is "holding it up." Alvarado is at 140 and Brandon is at 135. At least for now.

@Boxingtitan (Twitter)

Who will mess up in the JCC,jr v Lee fight? Refs, Judges, ??? lol

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

Why not both like in Molina-Kirkland?

Camacho (Yucaipa, CA)

Looking forward to being in the studio for the Bute/Froch fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

Of course. I think it's very good fight and look forward to it. Was happy when I heard Epix had finalized the deal.

Steve (NYC)

Any names being kicked around for Bryant Jennings' next fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

I havent heard any yet.

Tim (Alexandria)

Dan, with all this talk about Martinez meeting the Chavez/Lee winner, it seems like he is giving up on a Winter Mayweather fight, which seems silly because Floyd seems interested. Am I misreading things?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

Im sure if Mayweather beats Cotto and suddenly says he will fight Martinez when he gets out of jail in his next fight that Martinez would drop everything and take the fight. But it's a fantasy right now. He is moving in a direction that coule happen. And I'm still not convinced that if Chavez beats Lee he will actually fight Martinez anyway.

Guanoman (Puerto Rico)

dan what your opinion on prospect orlando del valle he looked very good in his last couple of fights and will be fighting in april 27th

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

Defintely a fan of his. Very good young fighter.

President for Life (WBC)

I would like to announce Adrian Broner the proud recipient of the WBC Diamond Brush- For a small sanctioning fee of course

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!!

Camacho (Yucaipa, CA)

Do you have any idea what network, if any, will pick up Klitchko/Tompson fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

That's going to be on Epix as well.

chris k (chantilly, va)

DTM - we all know and agree the WBC blows. But all kidding aside, what is the WBC's explanation (albeit bogus) as to what exactly diamond and silver titles are for?

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

To raise money. #wretched

Steve (NYC)

Where do you stand on money versus tough fights? Ledbedev is banking good bucks against big (faded) names. Should we criticize a fighter for making money with little risk?

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

To me there is a happy medium. By all means, make money. Make as much as you can. I try to make as much money as I can too. But taking soft touch each and every time out gets old. He can still make good money for a legit fight once in awhile.

Alexandre (Montreal)

Dan, from what is being reported here in Montreal, Jean Pascal was seriously leaning towards a fight with Gabriel Campillo and Showtime and HBO told Don King that the only Cloud fight they were interested in was with Pascal. This pressure from the networks made King less greedy with his option demands on Pascal and made the fight possible ... Can you confirm this or heard anything along those lines ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

I have not heard it that way but would not be shocked if that was true. I'd have been fine with a Campillo rematch. He deserves it. But I also very much like the Pascal fight. There will be a great crowd and I think it will be a more exciting fight than a rematch with Campillo.

Liam (UK)

What's your opinion on the David Price v Sam Sexton fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

Decent test for Price.

Kevin (Boston)

What about Canelo planning to fight in September. Doesn't that kind of ruin his shot at being Mayweather's next opponent, unless Mayweather decided to wait until January or so.

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

With Mayweather going to jail on June 1 and probably doing at least a month or more out of his 87 days he wont be out until probably mid-July at the earliest. That makes a Canelo fight very unlikely this year given how much time the promotion takes. Canelo wants to fight on the Mexican independence weekend in mid-Sept. So he is not going to delay his career over Mayweather.

Mike (pa)

Are there any rebates for the rios ppv

Rob (Bellmore, NY)

Dan, why does HBO agree to broadcast fights when the opponent isnt finalized. Broner's fight should only be televised and worthy of HBO money if it's a legit test

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

It's not just HBO, Showtime does it too. And it drives me batty. I have no idea.

Frankie J (Seattle, WA)

I know Morales is definitely destined for the HOF, but just wondering besides Pac & Barrera, what would you consider some of his signature wins??

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

Certainly Pacquiao I and Barrera I are his signature wins. But Zaragoza to win the title at like age 21. That was a huge win. He also had good wins over McCullough and Kevin Kelley. The won over Injin Chi (I was at that fight) is VERY underrated. That was also a tremendous fight, one of his lost classics. The Ayala win was also a good one. He fought everyone too.

R! (Bay Area)

What are the chances that if Martinez vs Chavez Jr goes down, we see it on regular HBO World Championship Boxing? Would love to see it happen like Pavlik vs Taylor I w/a 30 minute countdown show. It introduce us to the sledge hammer hitting a monster truck tire training technique!

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

No chance. If the fight happens it will be on HBO PPV.

Elliot Engley (Edmonton)

Did I read correctly that a promoter signed Jose Luis Castillo after failing to make weight again?

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

Yup. One of the dumbest signings in history.

The Met (T.O.)

James Toney should NOT be allowed to fight. In the interest of being informed, the Freaks need to see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk8c-xXstYY

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

That is what I said earlier. This is absolutely PATHETIC.

Tim (Alexandria)

Dan, I have to ask, did you see Ali yesterday?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

I didnt see it and from what I have read, I am glad.

Anthony (Sacramento )

I was at the Morales-Chi fight too. Very underestimated win for Morales it was a pure war against a very good opponent. I would say the Junior Jones win and when he unified 130 titles with wins over Chavez and Hernandez

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

Opening day for Yanks... yeah baby!

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

I will be watching! 3 pm!

Rick (San Diego)

When will Pacquiao start training -- I'm really hoping we can stop hearing about foot cramps after all of his fights.

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

Freddie went to the Philippines earlier this week to begin the camp.

greek the geek (silicon valley)

have you seen pacman's new ad yet

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

No. What ad?

Dennis (MI)

If mayweather pacquiao doesnt happen this november, what are the chances for 2013 in your opinion?

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

No idea and I'm sick of thinking about it.

R! (Bay Area)

What happened to Solo Boxeo? Used to be decent, now its gone extinct.

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

What are you talking about it? It's on Saturday nights now but it's still on.

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

Did you see the Max Kellerman clip on TMZ -- where he basically pointed out people would still watch Mayweather - Pac live and DVR the Super Bowl. Brilliant stuff.

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

I did and he is right.

Miguel García (Mexico)

Do you still want Morales vs Marquez? is it a posibility even though they are with diferent promoters?

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

Yes, I still want to see it. I think it's not impossible but probably unlikely.

Gale Van Hoy (The scorers table)

Which gig should i take american idol, x-factor, DWTS or just stick to boxing? they're all really interested!!!

Undertaker (Death Valley)

All 20 had a game plan. All 20 came up short

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

20 have tried and 20 have failed!!

IRS (DC)

To all fighters who have fought in the US in 2011, taxes are due in less than 2 weeks. Please file on time.

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

Tremendous advice.

C-Monster (Columbus)

What are the chances Pavlik gets on FNF and who are the possible opponents?

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

Kelly likely will headline FNF on June 8 from the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. They are talking about opponents.

Charlie (NYC)

Not to nitpick, but I hate it when Floyd says "42 have tried and 42 have failed." 41 have tried -- he fought one guy twice.

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

LOL. Great point.

Fabian (San Francisco)

Prime Morales vs Prime Marquez at 130 who wins? I have Moralez relentless with a great jab and straight right.

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

No idea but awesome fight. I think I would have to lean to Marquez.

Floyd (Squared Circle)

Taxes? What are these "taxes" you speak of?

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

Was there a better Featherweight era than the Morales/Barrera/Marequez/Pacquiao stint we had?

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

I dont think so. That is today's version of Hagler, Hearns, Leonard and Duran. Which is why it annoys me that Morales and Marquez have not fought. It is the only match that has not taken place among those four guys.

Manny (Philippines )

We don't need no stinkin taxes

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

By the way -- here's the notebook link: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7781626/brandon-rios-finds-new-rival-richard-abril

Ron Katz (Bronx, NY)

Please let your freaks know that Terdsak is reserved for me and only me.

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

You heard him.

Justin (Seattle)

Questions I heard one Freak ask to identify another Freak: What is JMM drinking right now? Where is Banishment? Where is the BBQ held each year? Who runs the School of Business? What is the appropriate response to, "Who is Joel Julio?"

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

That is awesome.

sam (boston)

all respect to Danny Swift for a great win. but man, i couldn't help thinking prime Morales would've just crushed him.

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

That is a fair point and I agree based on the way Danny fought that fight.

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

Any word on whether or not Rios has been fighting the scales yet?

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

He claims he has a nutritionist with him in camp and that his weight is fine. In talking to him the other day he at least sounded excellent.

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

OK Fight Freaks, thanks for the chat today. Make sure you check out the notes and blogs, sked, etc... A slow weekend but it picks back up again next week. Happy Passover and Easter to you! Talk to you next week. Peace.