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June 22, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (11:58 AM)

Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to the weekly chat. FNF is back tonight and tomorrow is Victor Ortiz-Josesito Lopez and Soto-Matthysse on Showtime, so we have some good stuff this weekend. Make sure to check out all the new blogs and news from the week and the updated schedule. Let's get to it.

Aaron (Cincinnati)

I may be in the minority but I think Martinez vs. Chavez Jr is a very interesting fight. Does Martinez have the power to keep Jr off of him? Will the body shots limit Sergio's movement?

Dan Rafael
  (11:59 AM)

Dude you're not in the minority at all. Most fight fans I know want to see that fight a lot!

Cameron (Calgary)

Hopefully Pavlik meets Bute in another match; who do you think would have the advantage? It would be a great test for both fighters.

Dan Rafael
  (11:59 AM)

I would love to see that fight and their promoters are discussing it as a possibility. Bute's people were in Vegas a couple of weeks ago to talk to Arum and to watch Pavlik's ESPN2 fight.

Sean Mc (Ireland)

Will you be commentating Haye-Chisora or covering the Khan-Garcia fight? or both?

Dan Rafael
  (12:00 PM)

I will be broadcasting Chisora-Haye that day.

Adam [via mobile]

Who do you think will be the first to budge on the sept. 15th date, GB or TR?

Dan Rafael
  (12:00 PM)

Dont know but these things have a way of working themselves out and I do not believe we will see two PPVs on the same night.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

How should Cuban legend Teofilo Stevenson be remembered by boxing fans and the history of the sport?

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

As an all-time great amateur. Obviously.

SteveoDewhurst (Preston (England))

Who would you like to see Carl Froch fight next?

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

Count me in for a rematch with Kessler.

Benjamin (Little Rock, Ark.)

If Mayweather-Pacquiao ever gets made, the first words out of my mouth will be "It's about damn time. About damn time."

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

Thank you, LeBron.

Adam phx [via mobile]

Any truth to the rumor gamboa and top rank have settled their dispute and are going their separate ways?

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

I am told the sides are close to finalizing some sort of settlement with the terms confidential. But not sure if it is done yet 100%.

JR (Los Angeles)

So if Andre Ward Beats Chad Dawson do you put in him in the P4P top three replacing either floyd, manny, sergio, I would IMO

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

I dont think about that stuff until I see how a fight goes.

Greg P (Staten Island,NY)

Dan, read the blog on Bailey,Who do you think is most likely for him? Do you think He waits for Floyd to decide next opp even though its unlikely he gets the call?

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

I doubt Floyd would fight him. No offense to Bailey but he is a non-entity with the public. Floyd doesn't need his belt and Bailey brings zero money to the table and zero fans. I think more likely Bailey will wind up facing Devon Alexander on Showtime on Aug. 25 or in early Sept.

Jevin (Dallas)

Hey Dan. Who do you have in the undercard on Saturday? Maytthysse or Soto? I think I may be more excited for that fight than Ortiz/Lopez!

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

I lean to Matthysse on Saturday night.

Maen (Orlando)

Dan the Man, how are you doing? There always seemed to be at least one Puerto Rican prospect on the rise. With Miguel Cotto on his way out, are there any new prospect on their way up?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

There are several of them. In no order you have guys like Pedraza, Jonathan Gonzalez, Thomas Dulorme, Orlando Del Valle, and others. Lots of good talent in PR.

David (Denver)

What do you think about Kirkland vs cotto?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

Mildly interesting but I dont give Kirkland much of a shot in that fight.

adam [via mobile]

Will we be able to see Omar Figueroa on Sho Extreme tomorrow? The kid is reckless but his style is entertaining. How far can he go?

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

Somebody hasnt been reading the blog: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/1349/charlo-figueroa-go-extreme

John (San fran)

Dan, who "won" more convincingly, Mayweather versus Cotto or Pacquaio versus Bradley?

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

They both won clearly. I felt Pacquiao was more dominant.

Wally (Anaheim CA)

I knew you would say something the second David Stearn said "champeen"!

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

Naturally.

John (San Antonio)

Any chance Canelo shows up to the fight saturday night?

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

I wouldnt be surprised at all. Frankly, he should to promote his next fight against Ortiz, assuming Ortiz wins.

Lenny (NY)

I think a case can be made for Ward already being #3 on the P4P list. Thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

It's not unreasonable. I usually move guys up a little slower then some others but Ward is obviously one of the very best out there.

Jorge (San Diego)

"Dont know but these things have a way of working themselves out" Well, Josesito Lopez pulling the upset would be a way lol

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

Very very true.

joe (nh)

is Floyd still loosing muscle mass ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

I dont know. But I'm told tap water doesn't help build it up.

Jim (Cleveland)

Dan, heading to my first live fight next month in Cincinnati and am PUMPED Maidana was added to the card. Never heard of Keith Murray, what can I expect?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

Inever heard of Keith Murray either. I have heard of Keith Thurman, Maidana's opponent, who is 17-0 against 17 hobos.

Mike (DC)

Why did Espinoza give Alexander the 8/18 date 3 months ago w/ no opponent? When will the networks learn to buy fights not fighters?!

Steve (NYC)

Does winning Prizefighter do anything for Tar Hammer's career?

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

I have no idea.

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

It certainly doesnt hurt. He looked very good in the tournament. A lot better than I have seen him in the past. It's definitely a good bump for him.

Duane (Victoria)

Hey Dan, have you talked with any boxers who think Bradley won?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

Nope.

E (Kansas City)

What kinda chance u give Lopez to beat Ortiz

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

Slim.

Marcial (Chicago)

Any updates on the undercard to Canelo-Ortiz, or is Golden Boy waiting for after tomorrows fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

They already announced the co-feature, Jhonny Gonzalez vs Daniel Ponce De Leon for Gonzalez's featherweight title. September is still a bit away. They have time to work out the other tv fights.

Robert (San Diego, CA (America's Finest City))

I will be attending the Ortiz-Lopez fight tomorrow

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

Have fun.

Bruce (Alexandria, VA)

The problem with Alexander/Bailey is that the smart fight for Alexander is to stay away from the power, peck and jab, and win an easy but very dull decision.

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

In other words, a carbon copy of the Maidana fight?

Derek (Boulder CO)

If I were Floyd's prison guard, I am pretty sure some ringside seats to his next fight would get him pleanty of bottled water.

Mike (Los Angeles)

What happens if Ortiz does horrible against Lopez, even if he's given a gift draw. Does GB go on with the Canelo/Ortiz show?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

Probably.

JonG (Queens)

Just wanna toss it out there that I was very pleased to hear all 3 judges had Lee ahead on the cards at the time of the stoppage on saturday. Good scores, good stoppage, good fight......well done texas, well done.

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

Solid scores. I happened to have it 57-57 at the time of the stoppage. I know some had Chavez up 58-56. The three judges all had Lee ahead 58-56. All reasonable.

Jason (Philly)

Again, Bryant Jennings is the next great American Heavyweight

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

No. Because I dont use the word great that easily.

Steve (NYC)

Will that ridiculous Adamek scorecared slip under the radar? No way Chambers lost 11 of 12 rounds.

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

That was a horrible scorecard, I agree. I thought Adamek won but much closer.

Mike (DC)

Any chance Epix picks up Sturm-Geale?

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

I have not heard that being a possibility but you never know.

Blake (Portland, OR)

Dano, any updated on the Love Child?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. I got nothing.

Joe (Bronx)

Dan, heard any rumblings about Sakio Bika vs. Adonis Stevenson fight being made on Aug 11?

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

Bika is the next on the IBF list of contenders to be asked if he wants to face Stevenson in the eliminator. So it is possible. All the guys ahead of Bika have either turned it down or are not available.

Derek (Boulder CO)

Why doesn't Chambers fight at cruiser? Too much money at HW?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

I have no idea. He was 202 for Adamek. He could be the best cruiser in the world.

Rob (Denton, Tx)

Given that us hardcore fans are the ones that pay and watch all the fights surely Top Rank and GB wont screw us all by going head to head on Sept. 15th. If they do I might boycott both fights.

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

Right now they are both saying they are going PPV on the same date. If they do they are harming the sport of boxing no matter how they try to spin it.

Jeffrey (Austin, TX)

"The Don"! Any word official word on what's next for Kirkland? I spoke to a VERY reliable source here in Austin that said he's "running wild" again, hanging out with the wrong crowd. Hope he pulls things together.

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

Only that he is rehabbing his shoulder and asked for stupid money to fight Canelo, which he didnt get.

E (Kansas City)

I think Chavez-Pavlik at 168 this fall instead of Martinez.

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

Not happening.

Joe (Frankfurt)

Things not to say when defending a scorecard:1. Say it was a boxing lesson, then go back and say it was a close fight.2. Say an older version of the fighter would've knocked the other guy out and old Pacquiao was better.Duane Ford should probably just stop talking altogether actually.

Slater (West by God Virginia)

DTM, I'm really pumped about all the fights coming up at middleweight. Which fight do you think will be the most crowd pleasing, Chavez v. Martinez, Sturm v. Geale, Pirog v Golvekin?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

There are several good fights being made at middleweight. I think Martinez-Chavez will be a very good fight. But I also think Golovkin-Pirog could be terrific as well. Sturm-Geale I think is a more technical fight but also good be a very high level boxing match, which I also like.

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Now that Arreola is hurt does he go right into a Klitschko fight or does he take a fight before that?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

I am told Arreola will not be facing Klitschko in the fall. His camp is no longer pursuing that fight.

Trips (NYc)

Dan I am still very skeptical that Arum and co. will put Chavez in against Martinez, signed agreement or not. How much do you believe this fight will happen? And is Arum playing games with the Sept 15 date?

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

Who knows?

Michael C (Houston, TX)

Why is Mr Gary Russell still being matched up against tomato cans?!? He's ready.

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Stop insulting tomato cans.

Cody (Minneapolis)

which fight would do bigger business on 9/15 in your opinion? I think Chavez vs Martinez would. Nobody really views canelo and ortiz as the best at 154....chavez vs martinez is for the real middleweight title and there is animosity.

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

If they actually go head to head (which I keep saying I dont think will happen) then I believe Martinez-Chavez does bigger business.

idannye (SFV,CA)

Dan, been noticing the for the past several chats you have not received any calls/emails on the bat phone. Do you think this has anything to do with most of the boxing community having twitter accounts?

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

Not at all. I just dont tell you every call I get.

Tom (Sacramento)

Any thoughts on Dawson coming to 168 for Ward? I think the weight is going to be tough for him. He has a big frame for 174 already.

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

I spoke to him at length in Vegas a couple of weeks ago when they announced the fight and he told the writers it was no big deal, that he could make the weight and was not worried at all. He was very confident and said he hasn't had trouble with weight ever in his career.

Mike (Los Angeles)

DanDaLion, What do you think of Bailey's attempts of calling out Floyd? What do you think are his legitimate opponents?

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

Cant blame him. He wants the money. But he has almost zero chance of getting that fight.

Troy (Lewiston, Maine)

I understand you blocking certain Twitter followers but why have your Twitter comments not available to everyone? It seems petty.

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

I'm open to debate, no problem. I'm fine if you dont agree with me. But if you are going to make threats and curse and say hateful, bigoted things I'll block you. It's my Twitter feed. So be snarky and amusing and informative and opinionated but not a doofus.

Ozair (NJ)

I thought the Khan/Garcia fight was going to have a co-headliner, HBO hasn't named another fight, will it be running solo?

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Single fight night.

Adam phx [via mobile]

I saw the McCain shout out from the senate floor. But who is "Don" Rafael?

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

LOL. At least the good senator had it right in his written remarks posted on his website. It was an honor to have the senator refer my commentary on the senate floor.

Rick (Marina, ca)

Hey Dan, I have a qeustion, I was planning my marriage anniversary for me and my wife with a trip to Vegas which is on the weekend of July 14-15 which happens to be the fight Khan vs Garcia at the Mandalay Bay, I don't think that fight will sell out, if so are the tickets cheaper at the gate the day of ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

The face value is the same but on a fight like that I would not be surprised at all if you were able to find comps or heavily discounted tickets, especially if you are staying at Mandalay Bay.

Rex (Miami)

Dan, Vitali's last fight against Manuel Charr (who) WTF??

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

That is not a done deal, merely one possibility.

Lebron (miami)

hard work !! Dedication !!

Chris (LA)

If I would have known the Tarver fight was gonna be free to walk into, I would have drove out!

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

Too bad for you.

Mike (pa)

do you think we get arce vs donaire on the undercard of Chavez vs Martinez ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

Zero chance. That is a fight that would draw a crowd and a TV license fee on its own, so they wont put it on a PPV.

Aaron (Hartford)

Dan, lets be honest... Chavez looked great the other night... but it was basically a light heavyweight fighting a middleweight.... I dont see any middleweight out there including Martinez who can compete with that type of weight difference especially with the way Chavez attacks the body in the later rounds....

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

He was a middleweight because he made 160 pounds and, by the way, Lee was at least 2 inches taller than him.

Duane Ford (Nevada)

I think OKC clearly gave Miami a basketball lesson last night

Silva (San Diego)

Do you think at this point that we will ever get a rematch with Ortiz and Berto or has that ship sailed?

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

It depends on what happens with Berto and the steroid situation. I'd like to see Ortiz-Maidana 2.

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

I'll be back in a sec. Going to get some bottled water.

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

I'm back. Nice and cold and refreshing.

Derek (Boulder CO)

Flat or Sparkling?

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Flat.

Silva (San Diego)

#bottledwater

Niall (Dublin)

What about Lee, what next. How far has this loss set him back?

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Back to the drawing board.

Doug (Biloxi)

Dan, do u know what time the July 7, and July 14 Epix fights will start in the US?

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

I dont know the exact start times but somewhere between 5 and 6ish I would guess.

Adam (DuPage)

What's your justification for not ranking Tim Bradley at all at welterweight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

Because he still has a 140 title and I thought he lost by a lopsided margin and he has not said if he will stay at 147 yet anyway. It's not an ideal situation but it is what it is.

Alex (NY)

Malignaggi-Bailey would actually unify two titles...unbelievable.

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

Sad and why titles are good for fighters usually but often no big deal to the public anymore.

mike (ohio)

Dan, any word on when and against whom Seth Mitchell comes back from his injury.

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

Nothing concrete, but I would expect him back in the fall.

Christopher (Kalamazoo, MI)

Dan, is the bottled water thing going to be your new "joke" to just beat to death?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

toe-tally.

Lenny (NY)

Do you think Lampley should have challenged Duane Ford's questionable statements more?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

I would have liked to see that but I am also aware of the time constraints of that live broadcast.

Todd (Florence, SC)

Dan - Any chance Golden Boy would add the winner of Matthysse-Soto against Maidana (assuming he takes care of Thurman) to the Canelo card?

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

It wouldnt be on the Canelo card but GB has talked about Matthysse-Maidana and it's one I have wanted to see for a few years. All-Argentina slugfest!

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

A few of you have sumbitted comments saying you saw the new HBO 2 Days on Donaire and are asking about the next one. So during the chat I asked HBO spokesman Ray Stallone about it. He said there is a 2 Days about Adrien Broner in production, although the air date has not yet been determined.

Chuck Giampa (LV)

Tonight, I will take you into the mind of judge Duane Ford where we see a boxing lesson, no close fight, no... aw sh...

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Robert (San Diego, CA (America's Finest City))

How come Mayweather promotions no longer wanted Jessie Vargas?

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

My understanding is that they did and Jessie went elsewhere.

Mike (Los Angeles)

"2 Days about Adrien Broner" get your hair brushes ready!

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

You know it!

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

Having never seen either in person, Canelo seems a lot bigger than Ortiz. Will that be the case or are the physically more even matched?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

Canelo is most definitely not all that much bigger than Victor.

brian (ca)

whats next for cotto? Any rumblings of him facing Manny next?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

Nothing right now. Deservedly, he is kicking back after a hard fight with Floyd and millions more in the bank.

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

Do you think we'll ever hear the actual PPV numbers on Pac - Bradley? I'm hearing rumbles of about 900,000.

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

I am told by folks who know that it is right around 900,000 and will not reach 1 million.

Rick (Philly)

If you were a betting man, would you say there is better than a 50-50 chance we see the Pac-Bradley rematch this fall?

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

We wont see it in the fall as far as I am concerned.

David (Cape Canaveral)

Given that Floyd isn't getting proper nutrition and is losing his physique can we expect to campaign at bantamweight upon his release?

joe (nh)

any big fights scheduled for foxwoods?

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

I dont know if it's a "big" fight but the Sept. 29 HBO BAD card DiBella is putting on with Edwin Rodriguez, etc... is going to be at Foxwoods.

Adam phx [via mobile]

Mayweather topped the Forbes list of highest paid athletes. Where did you rank on the highest paid journalist list D$?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

LOL. I'm doing fine, thank you.

E (Kansas City)

You think Rahman upset Povetkin?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

Probably not.

Mike (Macomb, MI)

Dan with all your Epix gigs coming up. When is the next time your going to a fight live? Our you going to have a travel free summer?

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

All? There are two on July 7 and 14. Beyond that, probably something in August.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

Any word on why Vargas went to Top Rank? Seems kinda odd seeing as Floyd loved him lol.

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

Probably because Top Rank gave him a good deal and they actually promote shows.

Mike (DC)

Any site yet for Golovkin-Pirog?

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

Not yet.

Adam phx [via mobile]

What are the chances ortiz loses on saturday, forcing GB to find canelo a 4th opponent?

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

I spoke to Richard Schaefer yesterday and asked him about that and he mentioned opponents such as Carlos Quintana and Austin Trout as possibilities to face Canelo in the event Ortiz loses. Also said Josesito Lopez might be considered (but I dont really believe that).

Gabe Logan (paris)

Do you think Roy Jones is a future hall of famer?

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

Do you think the sun will set tonight?

John True boxing fan (Detroit)

Can you please post this fact explaining to all the Mayweather fans that Pacquaio both weighed 106 lbs at the age of 16 and there rise in weight based on age are not in two different worlds as many of these uneducated fans think???? Please and thank you!

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

You're 100 percent right.

JR (Los Angeles)

whats the scouting report on Maidanas oppenent never heard of him just notice he does have a good KO %

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

Thurman is a good puncher, questionable chin and is 17-0 but 10 of his opponents -- yes, 10!!!!! --- have been .500 or worse. The epitome of a padded record and not a fighter who, at least not yet, belongs on HBO -- even if he happens to win.

Jorge (San Diego)

Will you be at the Oracle Arena Sept. 8? I'm stoked to attend my first fight in my new home!

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

I plan to be, yes. That is a big fight.

Gerardo (AZ)

Hey Dan, what is it that Senator McCain said/wrote?

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

This is the video of McCain's boxing remarks on the senate floor on Monday I believe. If you fast forward to about 5:20 he talks about Pacquiao-Bradley and my scoring. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD6ywIaADxk&feature=youtu.be

Derrick Fort Worth Tx [via mobile]

I finally watched the chavez jr.- lee fight and was thoroughly impressed with jr. With that being said, do you think his size and strength can be neutralized by Martinez's speed?

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

That's the big question. Chavez is 11 years younger or so, bigger, probably stronger, has a great chin. But martinez is more experienced, much faster, also has good pop.

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Good to see Showtime is airing a tribute to Johnny Tapia before the fights tomorrow.

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

Absolutely. Johnny was one of a kind and very closely associated with Showtime.

Mike (Los Angeles)

Do you think more fighters will follow Donaire's decision to do the random yearly VADA testing to help clean up the sport?

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

Dont know but it's a good start.

Kevin (Dallas)

Im absolutely disgusted at all the "boring" talk being thrown around by some people concerning the Ward-Dawson fight. 2 young, prime champs both with Top 10 P4P claims will fight and people still find ways to complain......cant satisfy em all I guess

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Exactly. It's a good matchup. Is Gatti-Ward? No, but so what? I am interested to see who wins and how. So others can complain. Fine. I'll be there.

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

Last piece of the Chisora-Haye puzzle: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/1352/last-piece-of-puzzle-haye-licensed

George (California )

Dan, im about an hour away from the location of tonights ESPN2 FNF card at Saboba. Im thinking of going. What do you think

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

Do it up!

Mike (DC)

Shawn Porter-Alfonso Gomez under Guerrero-Ayin? Yuck!

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

Yeah, I heard about that. Brutal.

James (Windsor)

I saw on twitter that Sampson Lewkowicz, said Sergio vs Chavez Jr would drive 1 million buys. Your thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

Sampson needs some very cold bottled water splashed in his face to wake him up.

Aaron (North Dakota)

Duane Ford on "The Fight Game" ... he made me angry, was insulting me as a boxing fan, and I just wanted to upper-cut him after he defended his scoring. Did he make your blood boil like he did to me?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

Yes.

Anthony (Bronx, NY)

If your'e a true boxing fan you have to be rather interested in Ward/Dawson. Sometimes when 2 defensive fighters are pitted against each other it ends up being a brawl.

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

I dont even consider Ward to be a "defensive" fighter. He is very versatile and can do a lot of things. Chad is more defensive than Ward, yes.

Mike (Macomb, MI)

Was Popo's fight one & done? Wouldn't mind seeing what he could do against Canelo.

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

Read this: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/1286/congressional-fight-popo-wants-pac

Anthony (Bronx, NY)

Sorry I'm late coach... I saw in your schedule that Rafael Marquez is fighting Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. w/ Roman Martinez vs Miguel Beltran on the undercard. Are you intrigued by that card and will there be American TV or PPV for it. Integrated Sports perhaps?

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

I do like that card and I think it will wind up on some sort of US platform.

Lew (NY)

Are the people at HBO upset about Canelo going to Showtime PPV for his next fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

I know they are not happy.

Vic (Los Angeles)

I haven't heard anything from the Lamont Peterson IBF when do we hear anything? And do you think Amir Khan gets his belts back?

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

Peterson's Las Vegas hearing was ppd until July. After that hearing outcome is when I think we'll hear more from the IBF on the matter.

Joydeep (Philippines)

Are you looking forward to covering the haye/chisora fight? Personally I cant stand the two - should be banned for life

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

It's a bit of a circus but when the fight actually starts, it should be a pretty good one.

Richie (Bronx)

Hank lundy fighting soon?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

July 27 on ESPN2. You should all bookmark the schedule: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?page=boxing/schedule/index

CHRIS (NJ)

Dan please answer me this. First everyone was saying how invincible Sergio is at middle weight and how Chavez Jr. had no chace of beating hi. Now all of a sudden Jr. is the invincible one. Has everyone forgotten how Fast, and STRONG Sergio is?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Nobody is saying Chavez is invincible. I still think Martinez beats him.

Big M (Atlanta, GA)

RIP - Leroy Neiman

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

Absolutely. What a wonderful man. I was very fortunate to get to know him a little and hang out with him a couple of times. Spent a good part of a day with once, heard some great stories, sat with him at a signing he did at MGM several years ago. He was Sinatra-cool. Proud to say that in my poster collection I have a few posters from fights with his artwork signed by him.

Chris (Boston)

Why is it your crapping on Thurman and Maidana but Pavlik vs. Rosinksy is good to put on HBO? What has Rosinsky done to "earn" his HBO shot?

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

Pavlik-Rosinsky is a last-minute fight to take the place of Rios and a pretty solid one for very short notice. And at least Rosinsky has fought well in nationally televised bouts against legitimate opponents.

Jim (Santa Monica)

Tarver earning a $1m purse makes me wonder about one thing: what on earth did Haymon ask for so that Showtime settled on $1m?

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

LOL, best question ever.

George (California )

Rico Ramos vs Efrain Esquivas, interest you?

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

Mildly. It's the Telefutura main event on Saturday.

Gabe Logan (paris)

Dan what's next for Malignaggi?

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

He's supposed to defend his belt at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in October in the new arena's first boxing event.

Nick (Clothier WV)

Sir Freak, why not have the judges in all championship fight take a polygraph test after ther fights, yeah I know its not in the commission rules now, But it could be made mandatory.....couldn't it?

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

That might be the dumbest thing I've ever seen in the chat. That is Bing-like territory.

Anthony (Bronx, NY)

Cool seeing Donnie Baseball in the dugout with Freddie Roach on 24/7, but I just cant get used to seeing Mattingly in a uniform outside of pinstripes.

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

Exactly. Mattingly my all-time favorite sports star. Hard to get used to him wearing Dodger blue.

Audel (oakland ca)

just got my ward vs. dawson tickets. finally a big time fight in oakland

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

Nice. See you there.

El Presidente (WBC)

Greetings Dan! We at the WBC Galactic Board of Elders propose a new scoring system using electrodes connected to the brains of the three judges. So far, feedback has been that this idea is (a) a good idea, (b) only mildly stupid, (c) enormously ridiculous, (d) proof that I'm deranged and (e) worthy of a beating.

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

#wbcisdisgusting

Evan (Venice, CA)

i watched the McCain Video --so do you think there's any chance of a federal boxing commission happening, or more fed oversight in the sport? how do you think that would help?

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

I guess it's possible but congress has taken this up before and it has gone nowhere.

Joey (UK)

Any word on the nasty Munroe cut? That's going to take months to properly heal isn't it?

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

It was bad. I read at least 3 months. So if they a rematch with Quigg I would think it wouldnt be until next year since Quigg isn't going to just sit around waiting for him.

Cody (Minneapolis)

Is there anyway I can get Al Haymon's contact info so he can represent me in my annual employee review/incentive meetings?

Tony (Detroit)

What are your thoughts on Manny Steward's inquiry into the Chavez drug test?

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

Certainly his right to ask questions about it if he has some doubts about what went on.

Gordie Tamayo (Boise, ID)

Broner vs Escobedo. Whats your take on it? Broner is stirring quite some hype however Escobedo flashes a pretty decent resume himself.

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

Broner is a massive favorite but considering how crappy 130 is, Escobedo is a reasonable opponent and he has been on a decent run in his last few fights.

Rich (NY)

What do you think of Mikey Garcia vs Salido? And Is there a chance of it happening?

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

With Caballero-Garcia likely off, I think Salido-Garcia has a great chance to happen in the fall. Good fight too.

Dieter (From Sprockets)

Dan, enjoy the NBC Sports boxing programming. Any news on upcoming events/fights?

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

They've have pretty good cards so far. They'll be off thru August because NBC Sports Net will have tons of Olympic stuff but the next Fight Night card will be in September. Could be another Adamek fight.

Bing (Philly)

What's next for Diego Magleodon...whatever his last name is?

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

LOL. Magdaleno. He will headline a Telefutura card on Aug 4 against Antonio Davis in Las Vegas (with younger brother Jesse in the co-feature). If Diego wins, his next fight after that could be for a world title.

Robert (San Diego, CA (America's Finest City))

Can I get a Happy Birthday?

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

No.

Lazer (Brooklyn, NY)

Is it safe to say that the African American boxing fanbase has severely diminished? Bradly- Alaxander: No buzz. poor ratings and Ticket sales. Ward Dawson (probably the two best African American Fighters) No Buzz.

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

How can you say no buzz for Ward-Dawson? They havent even had a formal press conference yet and the tickets went on sale today. So you're way off the mark. The fight is not for three months. Jeeez.

Duane Ford (Las Vegas)

Let me be the first to congratulate Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder for a job well done! It was really impressive seeing those young kids give a lesson in basketball to the arrogant, entitled Miami Heat!

Sim (UK)

RE the Munroe cut, the man himself said he should be out only 8 weeks, it looked worse than it was.

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

Good to know.

Clark (Madison)

Dan, thoughts on the major networks (HBO, Showtime) and how things have gone with new people in charge? What can we expect moving forward?

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

Nothing has really changed unless you count moving the deck chairs around as change.

R.J. (Raleigh (Not America's Finest City))

Tonight on Friday Night Fights: a 15-0 fighter versus a 6-4 fighter. What odds can I get for the 6-4 guy?

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

Yeah, not the best opening bout in FNF history.

Luca (Primm, NV)

Hi Dan, what are your thoughts about Tyson Fury "fighting" (really, more like beating on) Vinny Maddalone? Shouldn't he be taking on other prospects at this stage like Mike Perez or Francesco Pianneta?

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

Poor Vinny.

greg (nottingham)

euro 2012?

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

Would rather watch grass grow and get glassed and stub my #toe.

Kevin (Dallas)

Lazer is an idiot.

Duane Ford (Vegas)

The Titanic taught that iceberg a buoyancy lesson.

Mike (Los Angeles)

What are your thoughts on the All-American Heavyweights (AAH), founded by Michael King

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

It's been an interesting project. He has the money and he is spending it looking for a top heavyweight. I wish him luck. If it works out could be great for the heavyweight division in the US.

chris k (chantilly, va)

I'm not a Republican but Senator McCain needs to get some props when it comes to boxing.

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

Here's my story on the Ortiz-Lopez fight: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8084114/victor-ortiz-josesito-lopez-fight-creating-unexpected-heat

R! (Bay Area)

Can a network hire its own judges?

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

Not in an official capacity. That is up to the local commission.

Chico (Patterson, CA)

Hey Dan quick question...taking my brother to Vegas for his bachelor party the first weekend of August...Any fights that weekend?

CJ ROSS (N/A)

Please stop picking on my friend, Duane Ford.

Keith H (Seattle)

Between Leroy Niemann and Burt Sugar, this has been a rough year for the colorful personalities in boxing...

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

I was talking to Lou DiBella about that exact subject the other night. You're right.

Steve (NYC)

Will Deontay Wilder step up soon? Owen Beck is a joke at this point.

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

Pathetic match.

Ollie (Texas)

Hey Dan I'm a huge Jim Lampley fan and I love the premise of his show, but to be honest I haven't been that impressed with his interviews so far, its kind of like Lampley just gives them easy questions he lets them answer, and then he moves on to the next interview, there isn't any banter between them. He had Duane Ford, Cameron Dunkin and Todd duBoef all at once and he let them all off pretty easy in my opinion. What's your take?

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

I dont think he "let them off easy" but I would have liked to see interaction between the guests, yes, same as I would have liked to see him moderate interaction between Schaefer and Arum on the first show. But the show is a work in progress and I am not sure if the fact that they were on site in El Paso made it more difficult to do it that way even if they wanted to.

Frank (San Pedro,Ca)

Dan, whats going on with Gary Russell Jr.? I know he's scheduled to fight next week in Indio, but when will he be getting some tv. time. He needs to be promoted more.

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

Yes, his fight is on the Showtime broadcast.

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

Thanks for chatting Fight Freaks. Dont forget that FNF is back tonight and also hope you enjoy the Showtime (and Showtime Extreme) bouts on Saturday. Check out all the news and blogs from the week and have great weekend. Talk to you next week. Peace.