Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to the weekly chat. So much going on. Johnny Tapia, Paul Williams, Khan-Garcia being made, Canelo-Kirkland being made, big Showtime quadrupleheader this weekend with Tarver-Kayode card. And Pacquiao-Bradley next week. Plenty to discuss. Let's get to it.
Hi Dan, where did the atmosphere in Nottingham rank in all the fights you've covered live?
I thought about that on the flight home and could only come up with one better atmosphere of a fight I've been in: Mayweather-Hatton. That was a huge wild British crowd and this was right up there on this level with just a smaller crowd.
Very sad to hear about Paul Williams accident. Thoughts and prayers go out to him and hopes he has a successful surgery and if anyone has shown they can fight back from adversity it's him.
I hope you're right. Just a terrible situation. Paul is supposed to have surgery today.
Worth paying for the Manny fight?
Are you a Manny fan? Do you like the undercard? Are you a Bradley fan? I can't answer it for you.
Dan, Manny says he hates his old self now that he has found religion. How do you think this will affect his performance next Saturday? The old Manny would knock people stiff, I not so sure about the new Manny.
A lot of people are not sure.
Hey Dan, what would you guess is next for Bute?
My belief is he will stay home in Montreal and fight a regular opponent in the early fall. And then we could see a rematch with Froch.
Wait, Popo is fighting is Uruguay tomorrow?
RIP Jonny Tapia. I think you mentioned this before but do you think HOF is in his future?
I have said previously that I believed he would be in the HOF someday and I stand by it. To me, he's one of the two best junior bantams in history.
Dan - picks for the quadruple header?
I'll take Leo Santa Cruz over Malinga. I think Trout outpoints Delvin. I think Quillin outpoints Winky in a tough fight and I'll take Tarver on points over Kayode.
I think it would be hilarious if Tarver walked to the ring in professor's robes. Let's go Tarver!
Roman Gonzalez vs. Jorge Arce .... any interest???
Size is an issue at this point. Gonzalez is at 108 and might move to 112. Arce is at 122. That fight wont happen.
It's OK. I thought Kirkland was utterly outclassed by Molina and then you throw in a serious shoulder surgery and I think it's a grab for the payday on the Kirkland side. Can't blame anyone but I think Canelo dominates and probably knocks him out.
In a recent teleconference, Bob Arum said he doesn't view Lamont Peterson or Andre Berto as cheaters. Arum said he wants to speak to them first. Do you view Peterson and Berto as cheaters?
I'd like to hear there stories first before I say that. Lamont admits he took the substance and claims it was medical reasons. I'd like to know more about that and why he didnt seek an exemption. Those questions should be answered at his Nevada hearing later this month. With Berto, I would like to know what his excuse is for having it in his system. I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt for now but I need to hear something compelling as for their reasons.
The atmosphere in Nottingham was better than a Felix Trinidad fight in New York?
Yes. Nottingham was incredible. I covered a Tito fights in New York and the Joppy fight atmosphere was awesome, definitely in my top 5, Mayorga fight atmosphere was also amazing. But Nottingham was better.
Danitentiary, did you hear that clinking noise? That was Money May starting his vacation.
Roy Jones, Antonio Tarver, Winky Wright...is it strictly the money or do these guys truly believe it's 2003 and they have something left?
With Roy money is a big part of it. With Winky and Tarver -- or any fighter -- money is always part of it. But in their case I do not believe it is the overriding factor. They are competitors. I have no problem with either fighting. Neither have beaten up or destroyed like Roy has.
I'm gonna say it, Bradley shocks the world and wins a split decision!
A lot of people give Bradley a great shot, including me. So your pick is not a surprise.
So Mayweather reports to the slammer today. Do you have any idea what his situation will be in there? Is he going to be completely isolated from the other inmates?
He reports today. He will isolated for at least the first week or so and then moved to general population assuming everything is going well.
So should the winner of Pirog and Golovkin be considerd the number 1 challenger for Sergio Martinez, Good way to weed out the best at 160 lbs
I'd be happy to see Sergio fight the winner of Pirog-Golovkin, Sturm-Geale or Chavez-Lee. All three winners are right there.
Do you think HBO/Showtime regret not picking up the Froch/Bute fight? Do you think one of them will buy the rematch?
I dont know if they regret it but I know Epix is very happy with the fight. It was a great fight, a tremendous atmosphere and from everything I have heard from folks who watched the telecast they enjoyed it.
The most impressive thing about tonight's card is that the 5th and 6th fights are also Showtime worthy with Bika and Bogere on there.
Exactly. Bika-Davis is on Showtime Extreme live. Depending on how long that goes, we could also see hili of the Bogere fight.
Tarver can still fight and he's going to win tomorrow.
Hey Dan...the week after Froch-Bute was made you posted a comment by me saying "Froch hammers Bute. HAMMERS." Don't want to toot my own horn, but...wait a minute, yes I do!
Dan, what have you thought about the 24/7 Pacquiao vs Bradley, I have to say I think Bradley is more entertaining than I thought he would be
I havent watched it yet. I have been so busy. But I have the first ep on the DVR and will watch it this weekend with ep. 2.
Alvarez KO's Kirkland? Based on Alvarez' power or Kirkland's chin?
When will pro athletes stop riding motorcycles during the height of their careers? I feel like every couple of years an athlete's career ends...or worse after an accident like this. With that said, I root for PW to have a healthy, happy future
How about people in general? I find the notion of riding a cycle on a highway or in traffic absurd.
Dan, did the recent Berto/Peterson PED incidents make you think there is more PED use in boxing than we know about or just confirm what you already suspected? Or do you think they are outliers?
Didnt change anything. There is rampant PED use in boxing and all sports. Boxing just seems to be doing a reasonable job compared to other sports in catching people.
Not going to mention the Rosado-Powell card at all?
What about it? It's the main event of tonight's NBC Sports Net card. Decent fight. But I will never be excited about a Sechew Powell bout.
Don't you hate it when Teddy Atlas pronounces Froch as "Frock"? Kinda bugs me.
Actually it bugs me when anyone says "Fock" instead of "Froch." I always remember one conference call with Froch where he said his name was pronounced "Froch" as in "crotch."
Dan, will HBO or Showtime pick up the Gary Russell Jr. v Luis Franco fight? What is your prediction for that fight?
I'm pretty sure one of them will. Very solid fight. Showtime wanted to have it on June 30 and HBO had talked about that fight previously for Russell.
Do you think Mayweather will get the whole jail population to yell, Hardwork!!! Dedication!!
LOL!!!!!!!!! Pay the man, Shirley.
Tarver wins, where does he go?
He wants to fight a Klitschko. That is his goal. Will he get it? Dont know.
I hope you had a chance to read my Johnny Tapia appreciation: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7989019/may-johnny-tapia-rest-peace
Good win for Froch but where does he go from here?lets face it he still can't beat Andre Ward so maybe a rematch with Bute,kessler of dirrell
Likely a rematch with Kessler, which is a big fight in Europe, a good fight and fight Froch can win. The first one was the best fight of the entire Super Six.
Dan, poll on ESPN asks for favorite Tapia fight. What is yours?
I'd have to say Ayala 1, even though Tapia lost. Was an all-time classic and the 1999 fight of the year.
Hey Dan, In regards to Dawson v Ward, will Dawson have issues making 168? or is this fight at a catchweight?
I have been told it's at 168 but I suppose it could change.
Good point. But Rosado is someone to be excited about. We love him down here in Philly
Enjoy the fight.
Did you hear Atlas on FNF saying that Bute took the fight in Nottingham for the money? Does he understand how much Bute makes when he packs the house in Montreal or Quebec City?
Teddy was inaccurate about that. Bute left money on the table to go to England.
Are the people at Epix happy with the ratings for the Bute/Froch fight. I am glad I got to see it.
From what I am told (which is not a lot, by the way) they are very happy with the way the show went and looking forward to the next fight on the network, which is July 7, Wladimir Klitschko-Tony Thompson rematch.
Anything on Javier Fortuna next opponent?
Nothing specific as he just fought a couple of weeks ago and scored a spectaular knockout win.
Froch - Bute was the first Epix bout I've seen, and I have to say, I love the camera work that sort of gave the "in-the-arena" feel.
Good to hear it.
I dont understand how Al Bernstein can be a HOFer and Jim Lampley isn't.
Al is a worthy member and I congratulate him big time on his induction next week. Take nothing away from Al. He is one of the best. Lampley is also and should be there as well, obviously. It is a gross oversight that I hope the HOF fixes soon.
Love all three of the middleweight fights mentioned above. That being said, with the top contenders all tied up, is Martinez planning on sitting out til the dust settles or taking a soft touch this summer?
Sergio was not planning to fight until the fall anyway.
Dan im curious to know if HBO is shooting some sort of documentary about Mayweathers stint in jail?
Not that I know of but I am pretty sure they will probably have a camera on hand to try to get footage of his grand arrival.
Can you remember a year in which so many bouts stalled out so quickly (some for tragic reasons, others out of pure stupidity)?
Yes, happens year in and year out.
Dan, some people have been saying Bute was as overrated as Lacy when he came over here with the IBF title... Surely not?
I dont agree with that. Bute is a lot more of a complete and talented fighter than Lacy was.
Dan - is HBO looking for another televised fight to take the place of Mitchell v Banks?
Watched Froch-Bute on Epix app on my Xbox. The stream was perfect, so good that I forgot it wasn't on TV and tried to rewind to watch the KO again.
Anyword on Devon Alexander i see he's fighting on Showtime but who?
Not yet. Golden Boy has been a bit busy wrapping up a whole slew of other fights that come first.
Dan, let's say Winky wins tomorrow. What would be realistic for him next, considering that he couldn't find a big fight for the last three years?
If he wins and looks good, he would fit in the picture with any of the top middleweight and even 154s if he can make the weight.
Dan, any idea who the next HBO 2 days or Portrait of a Fighter will be on?
I know they shot one on Donaire.
For a "dead sport" it seems more networks (NBC Sports and Epix) are happy to get in the fight game.
What was it like doing commentary with SRL?
A lot of fun. I had a blast working with Ray. I've known him for years, interviewed him many times and met him many times but to work with him and hang out with him was a real honor. He was my favorite fighter growing up. I tried not to make him feel old but I had to tell him. Was an absolute blast, the entire trip was. The whole crew of people I work with from Epix on these shows are terrific to work with. We had a lot of fun and worked hard. Was just a great trip beginning to end.
Here's the pic I took with Ray before we went on the air while we were in our room getting ready for the telecast: http://twitpic.com/9pkjbk
.....apart from the water pressure.
True. Worst water pressure in history at the hotel I was at in England.
I like what you did there with Paul Williams in your rankings. Very classy of you.
Thanks. I figured what's the harm? Just out of respect for the man.
So is Russell not part of the June 30th Showtime card anymore?
No, unless Shaw makes a deal with Golden Boy and Showtime to put it on there.
Over or under; Floyd does 60 days in jail?
Probably right around there.
Here's my Tarver-Kayode preview: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7996262/antonio-tarver-back-lateef-kayode-criticism
Am I the only one that wants to see Kirkland-Canelo get at least one 24/7 episode? Anne Wolfe would be hilarious!
Classy move: Canelo says he's dedicating his fight with Kirkland to Paul Williams. Says he's inviting Williams and his family, "God willing and health permitting," to be ringside for it.
Dan, Do you know if Roach is going to be at the IBHOF next Sunday?
He is supposed to be. He told me has a private jet ready to take him and others from Vegas after the Pacquiao fight to be there in time for his induction.
Would Erik Morales Vs. Juan Manuel Marquez be a good fight in your opinion?
Yes. I've only been calling for it for about 10 years.
Hey Dan, are you on Mayweather's visitation list?
What's the latest on Thomas Dulorme? I'm surprised we aren't hearing more about a potential Thomas Dulorme vs. Canelo Alvarez fight, the makings of a PPV blockbuster are there. 2 undefeated fighters and not to mention the storied PR vs. Mexico rivalry. I think if both fighters continue to be undefeated it will be a truly intruiging matchup. What do you think?
I think you need to slow down. Dulorme needs more experience. He fights June 14. There is no rush. Expect to see him on HBO before the end of the year.
Waddya call Floyd dropping the soap? - A Floydiant slip
How bad is K9 vs. Spinks going to be?
What i don't like about the Canelo invitation is that it is a PR move by Golden Boy. If they wanted to be really sincere they would have invited him and not sent out a release to everyone about it.
It's not a PR move. It's sincere.
Could Kelly Pavlik win a World Title at super middleweight?
It's possible. We'll have a better idea where he is after next week's fight.
Ji Hoon Kim only threw 1225 punches? Why not 1226? Lazy and boring is what he is.
How hilarious would it be when Floyd is welcomed in prison by inmates shouting/chanting Pacquiao's name.
is the khan garcia fight for the wbc title or the ibf wba title or for no title?
Not determined yet. The fight will happen regardless of titles though.
Dan, I read your blog on Adonis Stevenson's possible opponent for August 11 ... but is there a chance Andre Dirrell would accept the IBF eliminator if he's asked ? Or is he too busy stalling his career waiting for big fights that will probably never come ?
I doubt Dirrell would take it.
Dan, the best part of covering a fight in the UK is...
The atmosphere of the arena.
With Showtime hoping for more triple/quadruple headers going forward, do you think they might pick up a Roman Gonzales fight at some point?
I'd like to see that.
Showtime card this Saturday is stacked, should be a great night of fights
I agree. As I wrote in one story, a little something for everyone. No one fight in particular is all that big of a deal but I like all of them for one reason or another. I am looking forward to it.
Bute vs Dirrel next? What do you think?
Going to watch the Donaire fight in Carson, which is also the Tarver/Kayote fight. Have you ever seen a fight there?
I have been to Home Depot for fights and it's a great place to watch.
Just watched a youtube video of highlights from Bradley-Alexander. I kid you not, Bradley is leading with his head while the ref gives instructions!
what the 411 on frankie gomez???
I think he was in jail. Got into some trouble. His career is going down the tubes unless he straightens things out. Looking line one big massive bust right about now considering the money Golden Boy gave him for a bonus.
Here is my column on Mayweather's date with the jailhouse: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7996765/floyd-mayweather-jr-time-worry-come
Nice piece just posted about Floyd.....
DTM, been a spectator for awhile but going to post today. Still in shock how bad Bute looked and got rocked. I'm sure it was a surprise to see that unfold ringside.
It was bit surprising but one thing about boxing is that all kinds of things happen that are not expected so you get used to it. It's part of the great joy of covering the sport or being a fan of the sport. You never know what you're going to see.
Are you team mayweather or pacquiao because all you espn guys seem to be pro Manny ( im sure youll avoid this question) hate him or love him floud is the best and a american fighter
I'm on "neither" team. That is an idiotic assumption a lot of people make. We cover the news and offer opinions as we see them. I have no dog in the hunt.
Hey Dan, cant forget to ask about the love child?
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. He should be fighting tonight on NBC Sports Net but pulled out of the fight no real reason.
Any chance EPIX picks up Sturm-Geale?
I think it's possible.
In your opinion, when did Pacquiao reached his peak?
Probably with the Cotto fight.
HOF yes or no: Froch, Ward, Calzaghe, Jermain Taylor?
Froch and Ward too soon to say. Calzaghe yes. Taylor no.
Do you know where they are considering putting on the Pirog v Golovkin fight?
Looking for a site on the East Coast.
How many Ricky Hattons did you see in England?
How certain do you think Froch - Kessler 2 gets made next ?
I think it is very likely to be the next fight for both guys later this year.
Can you imagine if Ali would have had Twitter?
How great would that have been?
Dan how come you "Hate" *insert my favorite fighter* so much? You're just a hater because *insert crazy reason*
Went to the fridge to check my expired, stale, sour carton of milk. And guess what? The picture of Winky on it had disappeared!
I know Froch has always tried to get a crack at Calzaghe. Do you think Froch would beat Calz at his best ?
Canelo should take on the Korean Zombie instead of Kirkland.
How excited are you for the middleweight title unification fights? I hope we get to see Golovkin here in the U.S.
I love them. The Golovkin fight will be in the US and on HBO.
If Winky wins, I am sure Mosley will ask for a rematch? LOL...
That's wrong dude.
My pal Steve Carp from the Las Vegas Review Journal tweeted that Kirkland hurt himself this morning and is out of the Canelo fight. Unreal if that is correct.
if you post this I'll scream "lets get ready to rumble!" from my cubicle
how reliable is steve carp?
Very. Longtime boxing reporter (and UNLV) for the Las Vegas paper.
GEEEEZ seems like the Boxing Gods don't want this Sept 15th Canelo PPV to happen
So have you been converted into acricket fan after your trip?
No. I watched it for like 20 minutes with one of the other guys from Epix in the hotel lobby on a big screen and had one of the guys behind the desk explain it to us. He lost me when he said a game could last five days.
So does Showtime still owe Bute a fight or was that contingent upon him not losing?
I dont know for certain by my believe if they can terminate his contract if he loses and they that they will do just that.
Signing to fight canelo in september is the new madden curse
Any chance Epix picks up the Haye/Chisora fight?
Yes, there's a chance.
Froch's win means we get to see more Rachel Cordingly!
I think if Trout beats Delvin on Saturday he could get the call against Canelo.
When the guy at the hotel told you that a cricket match could last 5 days, you should have told him that is nothing. John Ruiz and Jesse Vargas fights seem to last for weeks.
Pay the man, Shirley.
Is that Showtime contract with Bute one of the bigger signing busts you can recall?
Absolutely. Showtime got Bute-Brian Magee and Glen Johnson for its money.
Is Roy Jones going to break out his pirate costume to promote his next fight?
Dan, this might be helpful info for freaks who can't get Epix... I was able to watch the Froch-Bute fight on my Roku box. Just sign up for the free trial, link that account to your Roku, and you can watch on the TV, not just your computer.
Hey Dan! With Floyd reporting to jail today, will you be updating your Pound for Prison (P4P) rankings?
Pay the man, Shirley!
Great to see u on uk shores last week. Will you return for a big fight?
You think GB is scared to put Canelo in with Lara?
Would you be more excited for a Kessler rematch or Bute rematch for Froch?
At this moment, I'd rather see the Froch-Kessler rematch first.
Dan - Unfortunately I have comcast where I live. Are there any future plans for Epix becoming available as part of the premium channels that comcast offer?
I dont know. Best thing is to call your cable company and let them know you want Epix.
Win or lose, Lucian Bute is all class and showed great sportsmanship in defeat. He will be back.
Agreed. He applauded Froch in the ring after the fight. He is a classy guy. Was before the fight and after.
Dan will Cotto fight again this year?
He has not decided what he wants to do yet. I dont think he will but I dont know that for sure.
Why is there no discussion of a Dirrell rematch with Froch? Everyone seems to be dismissing it without a lot of serious thought.
Because the fight sucked and nobody cares and Froch won.
Dan going to see the Donaire fight in July. What can you tell me of this Mathebula cat?
He's a solid guy. A little older, has a belt. Has not really beaten many top guys. He got the fight because he has a belt. He is very tall though, will be taller than Donaire, which is very unusual.
kind of funny.espn posting that kirkland has replaced williams to fight alvarez.
Why is that funny? He did replace him.
I care about a Froch Dirrell rematch and I think Dirrell won. Your off on that one Dan...
You're the only one. Dirrell has done nothing since that fight anyway other than beat Abraham a couple of years ago.
Dan everytime that I see someone ask you who would of won a fight between SRL and Floyd you pick SRL what makes you pick him?
Will 50 cent qualify for spousal visits at Vegas prison?
Pay the man, Shirley!!!
Time for Oscar to step in and fight Canelo
Bite your tongue.
Is there a boxer that for whatver reason you always dread interviewing?
ok the 50 cent spousal visits was damn funny!
Are you going to be in vegas next weekend? Pretty pumped to go to espn fnf and take in all the vegas action on saturday
Yes I will. Big fight week.
Danno - Love the Gonzalez-Ponce De Leon fight. Your thoughts?
I like it a lot. One of the fights I have wanted to see for a long time. Mexico vs Mexico, both excellent punchers, just a really solid fight.
Dan, tmz is streaming live from the court room where Floyd will surrender.
Nothing showing yet though.
Dan, what a surreal week in boxing. Froch KOd Bute, Williams gets paralyzed, Tapia died, and Mayweather is going to jail.
Not the best week ever for the sport, that is for sure. And now Kirkland's injury and Seth Mitchell's injury.
Whats your thoughts on Carl Frampton? In U.K they seems to be very high on him.
Good prospect. He is very highly regarded in the UK. I was obviously ringside for his fight last week. He fought well, won easily against Hirales although I was not overly impressed. But he looked very solid and was in great shape.
Let's hope Bradley can bring the fight next week and not just try to survive. I couldn't take another one-sided Manny wipeout.
A surreal week indeed. But we get a Winky Wright fight!
Dan, have you considered the possibility that you'll have to go to London for the Haye-Chisora fight....and you'll have to sit across from David at the fighters meeting? GULP!!!
I saw #Toe at ringside last week. He wouldn't even look at me.
Mayweather is turning himself in. Watch here: http://www.tmz.com/
Floyd in cuffs in the courtroom. Being taken into custody.
That was quick. Floyd now a guest of the state for the next 3 months.
Real life, not staging from HBO
never in a million years did i think i would type www.tmz.com into my browser. i feel dirty
#Toe is ducking and dodging Dan Rafael
DTM, so let me get this strait, Mitchell fight was made and next day he's out hurt and now Kirkland was announced as the replacement for Williams and next day he's out hurt? WHATS GOING ON!!!! Injuries up 2-0
As far as pre-fight smack talk goes, I rate Bradley's poster a solid A. Hilarious!
Agreed. Was very well done and funny, not him being a jerk. Very inventive and great promotion.
Canelo vs Kirkland, Golovkin vs Pirog, Cloud vs Pascal. We've got some serious FOTY candidates coming up.
If there ever was a true Fight Freak card, tomorrow's Showtime card would be it.
Mainly because it doesnt cost $60.
Will Manny visit Floyd in prison while he's in town?
just want to give a shout out to P-WILL, all the best--god bless
While it's good that Showtime has a quadruple card tomorrow, and many tripleheaders planned, will that mean there will be less telecasts?
Not at all.
How do I con my fiancee into watching a quadruple header on showtime tomorrow?
Tough one my brother.
Rios-Herrera has been made official by Top Rank for the Donaire-Mathebula undercard on July 7.
Will Pawel Wolak ever fight again?
He has moved to MMA.
Comprise is a good strategy, Adam. Such as "I'll go see the matinee of Snow White and the Huntsman with you if you watch the Showtime quadruple header in the evening" Then take a nap in the movie to rest up for the fights.
what will floyd's entourage do for the next 60 days? will they be eligible for unemployment benefits like seasonal landscapers?
OK, Fight Freaks, thanks for chatting. Hope you check out all the stories and blogs from the week. There are a ton. And enjoy the Showtime quadrupleheader tomorrow and the NBCSN show tonight. Talk to you next week from Las Vegas, where I will be for Pacquiao-Bradley. Have a great weekend. Peace.