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July 20, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to the dog days of summer chat. At least there's fight action with FNF tonight, ShoBox and tomorrow's Broner-Escobedo fight on HBO. Plus lots of stuff going on with the press conferences for Martinez-Chavez and Alvarez-Lopez not to mention last week's terrific Garcia-Khan fight. So check out all the news stories, feature and blogs and look at the fight schedule too. Let's get to it.

matt (north of england)

which Brit stands the best chance of a heavyweight world title in next 2/3 years in your opinion please

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

I can certainly see Haye getting a belt, although not against Vitali Klitschko.

David (Cape Canaveral)

Good win for Haye, not sold on his chances with Vitali at all as I believe he'll just look to survive like he did with Wlad....your thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

I dont disagree. Fighting Chisora and a Klitschko are two entirely different situations.

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Dan did u read about the boxer who's bloodY nose and DNA got him arrested for a Bank Robbery?

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

Yes I did. Moral of the story: Don't rob banks.

Keith H (Seattle)

Before we get too far into this, let's unite as Fight Freaks and extend our sympathies and prayers to those in Aurora, CO.

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

Absolutely. Save the violence for the ring.

Jim (Cleveland)

What's next for Amir Khan? Any chance of a Khan/Ortiz career crossroads type of fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

Way too early to say what's next for Khan but I'd love to see a fight with Ortiz when Ortiz is healed up.

Derek (Boulder CO)

Too bad Top Rank/Golden Boy will get in the way, but Alvarado-Garcia would be a hell of a fight.

Nicholas (Montreal )

Do you think Broner is a legitimate future super star or is he just very overhyped at the moment?

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

It's too early to say. He fights Saturday but I think he beats Escobedo. He has all the look of a future star. But you never know until you face top opposition, which he has not done yet.

Nile (Bridgeport, CT)

If Broner's able to get by Escobedo, do you think he will move up for bigger names?

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

Broner said that this is his last fight at 130 and that he's going to 135.

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

Here's my feature on Broner's fight with Escobedo: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8183516/vicente-escobedo-stands-way-adrien-broner-plans

Roy (Reno)

Dan, what to make of TR winning the Lara-Vanes purse bid? What are the chances this fight happens?

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

Top Rank won the bid today. Now they send out the paperwork to Golden Boy and let's see what happens. Both companies bid. TR won it fair and square. Now time for both fighters to step up. It's an excellent fight. I hope it happens. I have no idea if it really will.

Mike (DC)

Was bummed that Pirog pulled out, but do you still like Golovkin-Proska. Excited to see Golovkin either way

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

Pirog got hurt. It happens. If it's Poksa, that's a great replacement. He is not well known in the US but trust me he can fight. I've seen his last few fights and he is very, very solid.

Jon (Wisconsin)

Dan are you as pumped up for the DeMarco Molina fight as I am.

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

I dont know. How pumped are you? But I do look forward to it. Should be a good action fight.

DAVE (Wisconsin)

Am I being to cynical thinking Ward Dawson will probably not be a very entertaining fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

Some say that. I for one am looking forward to seeing two of the best test themselves against each other. I dont expect a slugfest, I expect a boxing match. Temper your expectations and you wont be disappointed. But if you go in thinking all you want is a slugfest, this isn't the fight for you.

Darren (Dallas,Tx)

Watching Pavlik vs Taylor 1. How the Hell did Pavlik survive Round 2?? What a fight!!

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

I have no idea. I was ringside for that fight and we all thought it was over in the second round.

Jrod (Rancho ca)

Whats the word on danny garcia splitting with ortiz

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

They have split. Fighters and trainers go their separate ways often. The marriage had obviously run its course.

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

Should Humberto Soto drop back down to the lightweight division?

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

Why?

Mike (DC)

Who would you like to see Broner fight at 135? Burns? DeMarco?

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

If Broner beats Escobedo tomorrow than I would say pick any top guy at 135 and match 'em up.

Nick (Clothier WV)

King Freak, so how do you feel about Lopez' chances with Canelo, will Joseito be able to hang with a guy that comes in on fight nite around 165+....

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

I dont like them.

joe (evansville)

Is the sept 15 fights on showtime and hbo starting at the same time?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

From what I understand, yes. Both shows are four fights and will start at 9 pm ET so they will go head-to-head the whole way.

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

Take the ESPN boxing polls here and give your opinions: http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/polls?pCat=7&sCat=2333

Jevin (Dallas)

Hey Dan, with Glen Johnson retired, who do you feel is boxing's new "Road Warrior?"

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

Good question. Any suggestions?

Tom (Sacramento)

Saw your tweet about Oner ringing the bell early to save his Airich from Danny Williams. I looked it up on youtube (6th roiund), WOW!! is all I have to say. Who even thinks of ringing the bell to save their fighter. Too Funny. Thanks!

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

I didnt think it was all that funny. I thought it was a putrid way of cheating.

Keith (Philly)

Yo Dan, have you heard any fights talked about for Nov or Dec at MSG? I was hoping to plan a trip there around a big fight but I have to imagine there are only a few open dates with the Knicks and Rangers home dates.

Dan Rafael
  (12:13 PM)

Nothing at the moment, although it is possible Cotto could fight there in December.

mike (Nyc)

If broner wants to make a real name for himself, dont you think he has to move up in weight and stop fighting sub par talent.

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

Two things: One, he is moving up after this fight. Two, it's not his fault he has been in a weak division.

Juan (Hayward, Ca)

who is higher on your P4P: Ward or Donaire? I personally think Ward should be the #3 P4P

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

Look at the list. It's on the boxing page on top 24/7.

Jonathan (Atlanta)

Loved the Epix broadcast last week. Great job. Please tell me we will see Burns vs Mitchell?

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

Thanks. There's a very strong probability that Epix will have live coverage of Burns-Mitchell.

Scott (Detroit)

This has to be one of the weaker HBO cards of recent memory. Any other cards come to mind?

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

The main event is OK. The undercard of Thurman-Lora is absolutely pathetic.

Omar (Santa Barbara)

Hey Dan do you think top rank will put vanes vs Lara on 9/15?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

Depends on if the fight is truly signed. Obviously, that would be an excellent fight for that show and probably even fits the budget. We shall see. It would be interesting to see a Golden Boy fighter on a Top Rank card on the same night GB has its own big show down the street on a competing network.

Norton (Alabama)

I think the NEW road warrior is Lucas Mathysse and could definitely be UNdefeated!

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Dan please tell him how Thurman vs Lora is a HBO fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

Because somebody in a suit and tie made a terrible decision to put that crap on premium cable. Remember, we pay like $15 a month for HBO. That fight wouldn't rate as an ESPN2 fight.

Mike (DC)

Vanes-Lara screams BAD!

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

By the way Fight Freaks -- tonight I'm going to see the kickoff show on the new KISS/Motley Crue summer tour!!!!!!!! So I WONT be watching FNF or ShoBox live tonight!!

Mike (DC)

Anything new on EPIX doing a live show in Q4?

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

There will be more shows this year from what they tell me. Nothing in August but possible two in September (at least one) and probably more after that.

Brian (Toronto)

Heard the new Kiss single yet ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

Yes. Like it, dont love it.

brandon (Jacksonville FL)

Dan, is boxing like a soap opera this year or what?? Tons of unexpected upsets and PED use. I'm really enjoying the drama to be honest

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

I hear ya but I dont enjoy the PED nonsense.

Man (California)

Dan, who would you say would be a great opponent for Broner once he moves to 135?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

The obvious opponent would be the DeMarco-Molina winner or Burns-Mitchell winner. But maybe even a Gamboa when he comes back.

Mark (WI)

I actually like having a guy like Keith Thurman on HBO. Since he is with Al Haymon, he needs to be showcased over the next 9 years before he "steps up"

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Derek (Boulder CO)

On your boxing poll 9/10 prefer Chavez/Martinez over Canelo/Lopez. The other one is lying.

Horn (Vegas)

I noticed on the Epix telecast that you are a lefty. Are you ready to delare yourself the top southpaw writer in boxing?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

LOL. I actually am quite ampidexterous.

Michael C (Houston, TX)

Did we ever get final PPV numbers for Pac/Bradley? I know the Tecate rebate (which I'm still waiting for) was a BIG factor in my buying the fight.

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

They have never made an official announcement but Top Rank told me around 950,000ish.

billy (texas)

do you think garcia will give khan a rematch?

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Maybe at some point. Obviosuly, the fight was very exciting. I know I'd like to see it. But Danny and his team get to make that call.

Sam (London)

Props to Maccaranelli for at least holding his hands up and not making excuses. Berto, Tarver and Peterson should take note

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

I thought Enzo's statement was on the money. No BS excuses. I happen to believe what he said in his statement. Good for him. If you missed what he said, here is my story on the matter: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8176323/enzo-maccarinelli-banned-6-months-doping

Quinn (Rochester)

Do you think that judges should be given some sort of metric such as compubox data before scoring each round, or do you think judging should be kept strictly subjective?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

Subjective.

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

Subjective.

Joe (Pittsburgh)

Are you buying the Ricky Hatton comeback?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

No, because from what I am told it's not true and just a bad rumor. I hope it is not true.

Ricky (Ny)

Dan on a scale from 1-10 how much would you like to see Gamboa vs Broner?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

11.

DAVE (Wisconsin)

If you had to choose one fighter to carry the torch after pac and may as most popular fighter going forward who would it be?

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

I'd say Chavez and Alvarez have a chance to be major, major impact stars in the next few years. But I think Broner also has the potential to cross over if he keeps winning.

Mike (Los Angeles)

Over under Chavez/Martinez 600 PPV buys.

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

I think it does less than that but not a whole lot less. If it reaches 500ish that is a huge home run considering neither guy has headlined a big PPV before.

MIke (Massapequa )

Great job by Bayless last week could have stopped it in the third but was aware of the time left and gaveKhan the chance to recuperate between rounds

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

I thought it was maybe a TAD premature but I have massive respect for Kenny. I can't argue the stoppage.

Mike (Los Angeles)

Danito, Any chance that TR puts Rigo with Donaire in order to have Rigo sign a new contract with them?

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

I think TR would make that fight but it would first want to get Rigondeaux a bit more exposure. It's a fight that needs to be build at least a little bit first to make it bigger. Now I'm not saying marinate it for two years like they were trying to do with Gamboa and JM Lopez but a Donaire-Rigondeaux fight is not ready to be made yet. I also dont think Donaire's management wants that fight right now. So I dont think TR can promise Rigondeaux that fight right now as part of a new promotional deal. So we'll see what happens.

Rob (Fort Lauderdale)

Dan, not sure if you have spoken to Jack Loew or Kelly Pavlik recently, but could you give an indication of what their relationship is like now? I saw a clip from late last year and Loew was very upset about the way things happened, and had some very harsh things to say about Pavlik and his father. Hopefully they can patch things up...

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

As far as I understand it there is no relationship right now.

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

Martinez vs. Chavez has already sold 13,000 tickets. Does Alvarez-Lopez have Mundine type ticket sales written all over it?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

There will be a nice crowd there. The tix for Alvarez-Lopez go on sale today.

Steveball (Concord, CA)

Love all this action coming to the Bay Area in the next 7 weeks: Guerrero-Aydin; Mayfield-Herrera; Ward-Dawson! And I'll be ringside @ all 3!!

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

Very cool. I will be making my Bay Area debut for Ward-Dawson. Never been to Northern California before. I've covered many fights in LA and been to visit family in San Diego, but never to the Bay Area. Looking forward to it.

Derek (Boulder CO)

Are you going to paint your face for the show tonight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

I was trying to convince my wife to do it but I dont think that's happening. LOL.

Nick (DE)

Props to both Khan and Garcia for a great fight last week, it was short but they both showed great stuff. In your opinion, has the Khan/Roach pairing run its course at this point?

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

Was a terrific fight. I get the feeling that Khan and Freddie will be going their separate ways. But who knows? If they do I dont think it's any hard feelings. Just sometimes you need a change.

Bryan (NYC)

What's with Bob Papa doing some shows instead of Lampley. I'll take Lampley calling a fight every day of the week.

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Not sure what you mean. Papa does Boxing After Dark cards. Lampley does WCB and PPV cards. For tomorrow's show, Lampley is filling in for Papa, who has another committment.

Sam (NO)

Dan, is dealing with the business of boxing turning your hair gray or was that just the lighting on the EPIX set?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

LOL. No, my hair's just beginning to gray. Thanks for noticing. :(

Chris (Los Angeles, CA)

Any comments on the Knicks letting Lin walk away for nothing?

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

I'm OK with it. Can't tie up THAT much money and put yourself in that kind of salary cap hole with a guy was outstanding but only for like 35 games or so who had a knee injury.

Mike (Los Angeles)

DaniTOE, you think Haye wore his sneakers in the ring for a partiu(TOE) reason, or do you Blame it on the Rain?

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

I heard an interview with him later where he said it was because of the rain.

Lee (Los Angeles, CA)

I'm shocked that 286 of Mundine's closest friends actually made the trip.

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

Absolutely pathetic that the card sold 286 tix for a gate of about $15,000. The moronic Mundine twitter gang has been giving me grief about it, but they're probably the 286 dopes who bought a ticket to that crap card.

Toro (NYC)

Why do you feel Kahn deserves a rematch?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

I didnt say he "deserved" a rematch. I said I'd like to see one since it was such a good fight.

Brooks (New Hampshire)

Hi Dan - Acosta-Hovhannisyan sounds like a pretty good Shobox scrap. Acosta hasn't really been the same since the Rios fight. Do you agree?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

Decent fight. But doesnt do a whole lot for me.

Mike (Los angeles, CA)

Big fan of Duran. Do you think he's the greatest lightweight of all time?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

Yes, as I have said many times.

Ry (OH)

Will the third time be a charm for Rau'shee Warren in London?

Dan Rafael
  (12:40 PM)

I'd love to see him get the gold. He SHOULD be the favorite.

Silva (San Diego)

I finally got Epix in time for the Haye vs Chisora fight. For those with Dish you have two options. Either get the Blockbuster HD pack for $10 (includes Epix and much more) or a straight $7 a month for all the Epix channels by themselves

Ry (OH)

Well I guess Mundine proved to the world that he's ready for Floyd. I mean that's generally the next logical step after defeating a living legend like Bronco McKart!

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!!!

Brian (Riverside, CA)

who's your pic for the Johan Perez vs. Pablo Cesar Cano fight on fox sports net tomorrow?

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

I think you have to favor Perez but that is a barnburner fight I think. Really pumped for it.

Max (Spokane)

I wouldn't mind seeing David Haye attempt to avenge his Olympic loss to Odlanier Solis before facing a Klitschko. Has anyone discussed such a fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

Good call. I think that would be interesting. Solis stopped him in the amateurs -- not in the Olympics, in the world championships.

Salomón Gaxiola (Mexico)

Maidana vs Sotto Karas its a fight wiht a Golden Boy Boxer and a Top Rank boxer, the end of the war has begun?

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

Soto Karass is not a Top Rank fighter.

Darren (Dallas,Tx)

Do you know the purses for Martinez vs Chavez yet?

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

Not yet.

Derek (Brooklyn)

what do u think of the vazquez jr-marquez matchup on august 4th? will we be able to get the ppv here in the US?

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Good fight. I think Marquez has enough left to get him, but Vazquez is the better boxer. So who knows? I am told it will be on US PPV but have no details.

Ted (PA)

Is Glenn Johnson a future Hall of Famer?

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

No. Great guy, helluva fighter, but NOT a HOFer.

Keith (Ohio)

Is Robert Guerrero still set to fight soon? How are his prospects in that one?

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

He fights next Saturday on Showtime.

Saul Alvarez (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico)

I just bought 100 tix to my fight for family and friends.... Oh crap! I just bought them for Chavez/Martinez SMH!!!!

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

LOL!

Joe (ATL)

Hey Dan, what is the deal with Tor Hamer. Saw him in the British Heavyweight tourney. Is he legit or someone we will see more of?

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

He got a good win in that tournament, but he had been very disappointing before that. Maybe this will revive him. Based on how he fought in the Prizefighter tournament, I'd like to see him tough and see what happens.

Todd (Florence, SC)

I saw an add for the Mundine-McKart card on DirecTv. Do you think PPV sales even broke 1000?

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

Very doubtful. Most horrendous PR ever for a PPV and nobody cared.

Duff (Boston, MA)

Luis Pabon might be the worst referee in the sport right now. He is just awful.

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

I think he over officiates constantly.

Lou Dibella's mutt (Lou's place)

WOOF!

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

Feel like I'm back on yesterday's conference call.

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

Poor Ulises Solis. My blog updating his situation: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/1498/injured-solis-stripped-of-108-pound-title

JonG (Queens)

havent heard much talk of it at all, but do you think theres a chance Danny gets Flloyd now, since all the talk was khan flloyd in dec?

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

Doubtful.

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

I only watch Epix for there fights. Could careless for their movies

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

Good man, but they have good movies too.

Mike (Los Angeles)

DanDaLion, mid season picks for KO of the year: Kessler/Green or Haye/Chisora?

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

Not sure if either is the winner to this point but Kessler-Green way more pulverizing.

Andrew M (DC)

Danimal, what's the word on next steps for Andre Berto? I sort of feel bad for the guy. He had miniscule trace amounts of a steroid no one would use on purpose and now his career is on the rocks.Should we have a steroid-off with him and Lamont Peterson?

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

There's nothing up with him right now until the steroid situation is worked out.

Derek (Boulder CO)

Nice call on the Epix broadcast "All we can hope is they fight Toe to Toe"

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

Had to be said.

Isai (OKC)

Buy or sell Garcia vs Judah on the NBC December show? I'd like to see that come to fruition.

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

Very, very doubtful. That fight would be way too much money for the NBC show.

Drew (NJ)

Face paint: Gene, Paul, Peter or Ace?

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

Gene.

Sean Mc (Ireland)

Who was the betting favourite going into the Haye-Maccarinelli fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

As I recall, Haye.

Camacho (Yucaipa, CA)

Will there be a 24/7 for Martinez/Chavez?

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

Yes, probably two episodes.

Jrod (Rancho ca)

which fight will u be attending sept 15.. and because chavez /martinez is not a mgm, where will the hang out spots for that crowd as opposed to alvarez/lopez?

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

I will be at Martinez-Chavez as will most writers for major publications. I've talked to several regular beat guys who say they will also be at Martinez-Chavez. No knock on the Showtime card but you can't be in two places at once and Martinez-Chavez is the bigger fight. I'll still write about both though leading up to the fight. The Wynn is the host hotel for the Martinez-Chavez fight.

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

I enjoyed the Kell Brook-Carson Jones fight last Saturday on ESPN Deportes. Will they have any other cards on or was that a one shot deal?

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

Not sure.

Top dog (Uk)

Hey dan after his demolition of chisora do you feel David haye has the ability to dethrone vitali? Possibly by knockout? Surely he has redeemed himself now

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

No.

Isai (OKC)

Martinez and Chavez have really created a nice storyline to the fight which makes it that much more compelling.

Mike (Los Angeles)

Is Seth Mitchell/Banks a done deal on Sept. 15th?

cleming (France)

I thought JMM was supposed to fight for a vacant WBO light welterweight belt? any news?

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

He won the vacant interim in April and when Bradley gave up his belt Marquez was made the full titlist.

Sam (NO)

I don't speak canine, but was Dibella's dog calling out El Perro Angulo?

Cody (Minneapolis)

Any word on Sept 8th Devon Alexander card site or tickets?

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

Not yet, although the Bailey side is balking at going to St. Louis for the fight.

Andrew M (DC)

What's the drug testing going to be like for Martinez-Chavez? I'm about as far from a conspiracy theorist as it comes, but Junior's past is seriously sketchy and his size advantage is big enough already.

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

It will be run by the Nevada commission the same way they do for other fights. They were already ramdonly urine tested (both passed) and can be randomly tested until the fight. On fight night, they will each have to provide samples before and after the fight. Here's my story from yesterday on the random test: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8182410/sergio-martinez-julio-cesar-chavez-jr-random-drug-tests-come-back-negative

keith (Ohio)

Best fighter of: Leonard, Hearns, Hagler, Duran?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

Leonard.

Steve (NYC)

That Abogosluv (sp.) is an exciting heavyweight. Any plans for him to be abck on tv?

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

Nothing just yet.

Carnell (alexandria)

Lamont Peterson update?...do you see him fighting before the year is out? If so, big or small name

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

Really not sure. It all depends on what happens in his Nevada hearing later this summer (or early fall).

Isai (OKC)

Mayweather gets out in a few weeks. What are the chances he actually fights again this year?

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

He said before he went in he would fight by the end of the year. Let's see how he feels after doing his time. With good behavior he should be out in the first week of August.

Isai (OKC)

Haye vs Potvekin? Buy or sell?

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

I'd like to see that fight and even said so on the Epix telecast last week.

Isai (OKC)

Does Dibella or TR get the last undercard option? TR has on with Rigo, Dibella has one with Macklin right?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

First off, Rigondeaux is not officially on the card. He is negotiating a new deal with Top Rank and is a free agent right now. He could wind up under Donaire-Arce. In any event, DiBella has a slot for a TV fight and TR has the other two undercard spots from what they tell me.

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

By the way, here's my update on Rigondeaux from yesterday: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/1480/rigondeaux-eyes-donaire-new-contract

Mike (Los Angeles)

If Sergio wins, and establishes an interest in the market, what do you think of a potential Floyd/Sergio in the fall?

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

Zero chance. How's that going to happen when Sergio figthts on Sept. 15, which is the fall?

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

I heard a rumor that you are a member of the #MoneyTeam. Any truth to this?

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

I can neither confirm, nor deny.

Keith H (Seattle)

How can Floyd not get out on good behavior? He's isolated 23 hours a day.

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

That's the point. He will likely be out in early August.

Andrew M (DC)

What's with Juan Manuel Marquez coming in at #5 in your 140 lb. rankings? I'd favor him against all of Garcia, Peterson, Mathysse, and Khan.

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

Wonderful. But his RESUME at 140 is one fight against a C-level opponent. All of the other guys have way better resumes in the weight class. The rankings are based mostly on actual accomplishment in the division. As of now, Marquez has basically no accomplishment at 140 but gets points just for being an all-time great in other divisions.

Choco (New Jersey)

Do you think Sharif Bogere is ready for a title shot - lightweight seems like a weak division currently.

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

I could see it. He's a good fighter and makes good fights.

Joe (Pittsburgh)

Think we will see Pavlik v. Froch this year?

Mike (DC)

Is Gary Shaw still getting a BAD in October/

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

As far as I know, yes.

Richard (Croydon, UK)

I know this is old ground, but people need to lay off Amir Khan. The guy ducks absolutly no one, isn't afraid to go to a guys back yard, always makes exciting fights, and his behaviour both in and out of the ring is a credit to the sport. Couldn't ask anything more of the guy!

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

That's what I said in this column: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/1458/amir-khan-shows-class-in-defeat

Berndawg (CHI)

Odds that Escobedo in this summer of upsets pulls another one off tomorrow night against Broner?

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

Anything can happen but I dont see it.

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

Anything can happen but I dont see it.

joe (evansville)

Hey dan any advice on how I can get a career in boxing journalism??? How did you do it?

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

Hard work, dedication.

Junior (LA)

for the record, how many Ricky Hattons are there?

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

One.

Mike (Los Angeles)

Is Tarver still commentating on ShowTime or has the PED issue but a hold on that?

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

There has been no formal network announcement but I am told he has, at the very least, been canned from the Aug. 11 card in Montreal. He also lost his gig doing the Olympics for NBC from what I am told. That gig has gone to BJ Flores.

Joe (Pittsburgh)

Broner's chat earlier this week was terrible....25 mins late, lasted 10 mins, and the answers were awful.....Do you know him personally? Good guy?

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

Chats with fighters in fight week are a dicey proposition. No promises when they agree to do them. But, yes, I know Broner. I met him when I was at his fourth pro fight. He's a good kid it seems to me. Outpspoken and enjoys life but not a bad kid.

Joe (San Francisco, CA)

Viacom and DirecTV settled and it doesn't include anything about DirecTV carrying EPIX. I guess I wont be seeing EPIX cards on my TV anytime soon.

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

The settlement says DirecTV has the option to carry Epix and Viacom and DirecTV continue negotiating for carriage of the network.

Charles (Ogden, Utah)

In all your years covering boxing can you remember any legitimate "false positives" to a drug test? I can't think of one right off...

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

Not that I can think of.

Red Sox Nation (Everywhere)

Yankees suck as bad as the WBA.

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Spoken like a true believe who is 9.5 games out of first place. Enjoy watching the playoffs.

Cody (Minneapolis)

the obligatory Joel Julio question

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child.

Aaron (Detroit)

whats next for Gabriel Campillo, any chance of something big?

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

Read this -----> http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/1446/campillo-to-headline-fight-night

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

I'm pretty psyched about one of my recent purchases: http://twitpic.com/a8j337

Gregory (Bolton)

Hi Dan, do you think Khan could have easily won a decision by stinking out the joint against Garcia?

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

Very possibly, but that is not Amir's style. He wants to fight, which is why fans like to watch him.

David (Tampa)

Do you think the Lakers will take a chance on Jermaine O'neal?

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

What weight class is he in?

Joey (Charleston, SC)

Are you surprised by the way Sergio Martinez has been talking lately? His cred as an anti-bullying spokesperson seems diminished now.

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

What are you talking about? He's talking smack to a grown man he is going to fight. Different than a kid bullying a weaker kid.

Dave (Cinicinnati, Oh)

Dan, are you planning to go see The Dark Knight Rises this weekend? Saw it last night, it's incredible.

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

Probably not this weekend, but I'll probably go see it.

Nick (DE)

Any news on Brandon Rios, besides eating his way out of titles?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Nope.

Ed (Mission Viejo, CA)

Hey Dan, Any chance we see a Maidana vs Ortiz rematch now that Maidana is moving up?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

At some point, they HAVE TO have a rematch. Makes sense for both and would be a fight either network would surely buy.

orlando (miami)

Carson Jones is the american version of Orlando Salido. Did his admirable loss make him a contender or gatekeeper?

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

He's a gatekeeper but a good one.

Juan Manuel Marquez. Mexico [via mobile]

What's with all these guys taking steroids? I'll stick to my pee.

Joey (Charleston, SC)

I'm mainly talking about giving Chavez Sr. that baby bottle or whatever it was. That was a little screwed up.

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

I thought it was hilarious. That's good, fun trash talk.

Mike S. (San Antonio, Tx)

You have said Corrales/Castillo is the greatest fight you have seen, so what's #2?

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

Many candidates and it depends if you mean saw or were at.

mike (cleveland)

Why is Kelly Pavlik not ranked in you divisional rankings? He should be now lower than 6th in supper middleweight.

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

Are you drunk?

Duff (Boston, MA)

Hey Dan, what are your thoughts about NBC Sports wanting 67 seconds between rounds?

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

I have mixed feelings on it.

AJ Pesh (Minnesota)

My fiance' thought I was completely insensitive and politically incorrect when last weekend I said "Khan is on queer street" when his legs were all shakey. Can you please confirm this statement is a legitimate boxing phrase?

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

It is. Tell your finance to lighten up.

Aaron (Cincinnati)

Thoughts on Maidana v Soto Karass? Not the most meaningful fight but it should be entertaining.

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

Agree with you. Fun fight but not big stakes. But that's fine for an undercard fight. You want to be entertained. I see no way that fight won't be entertaining.

jason (los angeles)

Will Freddie Roach be in the US Olympic delegation-London as boxing asst. coach>

joe (evansville)

Dan i live 4 hours away from Cincinnati, should i go 2 the fight tomorrow or just save my money and watch it at home?

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

I always encourage Fight Freaks to go to live shows but I dont know how big of a fan you are or if you're a Broner fan or if you can afford it or what. If you go, have a great time.

Fabien (London)

Dan is it true 50 cent is a licensed promoter in ny?

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

From what I hear, yes, he is now licensed.

dabone (Santa Barbara)

Dan What is next for Deontay?

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

August 4 in Mobile, Ala., on Fox Deportes/FSN against Kevlin Price.

Justin (Cranston, RI)

Saw the Dempsey card on twitter, awesome...two questions: your most prized boxing card? your most prized fight poster?

Dan Rafael
  (1:31 PM)

That Dempsey is his rookie and I just bought it. I have some nice graded Joe Louis cards, Tyson rookies, etc... Love 'em all. The poster collection is at about 2,500 at this point. There are a few I am particularly fond of -- a rare site poster from Gatti-Ward I, a beautiful (and gigantic) closed circuit poster from Ali-Foreman) and for some reason a really neat poster for Roy Jones-Julio Gonzalez that was made to advertise the fight in the LA Korean neighborhoods that is in Korean and has the Erik Morales-In Jin Chi fight in the main event position on the poster. But there are lot of cool ones.

Joe (Frankfurt)

Is there anyone who actually wants to fight Lucas Matthysse at this point?

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

Would you?

Dave, NJ [via mobile]

Since Ring Magazine has lost all credibility, does that mean that Danny Garcia is not the lineal jr. Welterweight champion of the world?

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

I dont consider him to be the lineal champion. That ship has sailed with the way Ring does its titles now.

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

As expected, Golden Boy announced just now that it'll be Shawn Porter-Alfonso Gomez opening the July 28 Showtime card with Guerrero-Aydin. Nice to wait until a week before the fight to announce it. Crazy.

Alan (NJ)

Until I saw your tweet with the Dempsey card, I had no idea that boxing trading cards even existed. Is there a "Holy Grail" of boxing cards, like there would be in baseball for Honus Wagner or even a Mantle card?

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

Nothing quite like that but the Hemmet Cassius Clay card is extremely tough to find in tip top shape. There are some great old card sets that include boxers from the 20s and 30s. The 1951 Ringside and 1948 Leaf sets are really sweet. Many high grade boxing cards are way more affordable than similar graded baseball and football cards. There was a PSA graded 10 (perfect condition) Floyd Mayweather rookie from a Browns Boxing set in the early 90s that just sold for more than $900 on ebay.

Frank (NY)

Do you read many biographies of boxers, and if so are there any that you would particularly recommend?

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

There have been a ton of bios on fighters. I just started to read the Joe Gans bio that came out that was sent to me.

jcs (edmonton, canada)

The Khan-Garcia fight showed one other thing...Erik Morales is a tough dude for standing in front of Garcia for that long.

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

You got that right. Morales is an all-time great and still had enough left to give Garcia hell in that fight even though he faded late and got dropped.

JoJo (Williamsburg, MA)

If Broner goes bald, does his father still have a job?

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!!!!!!!!!!

Camacho (Yucaipa, CA)

Random question: Does Mrs Rafael ever make it to the fights? if so, what was her most recent

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

Once in a very blue moon.

Gary Burton (Beaverton, OR)

Dan, can you use your ESPN connections to help get me a free hotel room at the MGM in Las Vegas on the weekend of September 15th?

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

LOL. No.

Smitty (Atlanta)

Can you clarify, were you saying DiBella's 9/29 lineup is terrible or the call was terrible? Thanks DTM, moneyteam allday

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

The show is a good one. The conference call yesterday was an horrible.

Joe (Pittsburgh)

Any rumors et on Paulie's next opponent?

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

Nothing serious at the moment.

brent (worcester)

hysterical article in Worcester telegram (telegram.com) about Dibellas presser yesterday. The author obviously on the call stated between missing participants, barking dogs, people talking over one another and a general cluelessness ...i thought it was a joke but i guess not

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

It wasn't. It was a mess. I've been on hundreds and hundreds of calls. This was top 10 worst ever.

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

Before you publish a boxing story or blog , do you send it to a copy editor or do you publish as is?

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

Everything goes to the editors first.

Benvenido (San Diego, CA)

How advanced are the negotiations for Brian Viloria vs Tyson Marquez at the Home Depot Center on Sept. 29?

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

They're talking about the fight but talks cant go too far unless they have a TV network to buy the fight.

Roy (Reno)

Did anyone take a shower during the call?

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

No. Only Winky Wright did that years ago.

sergio (san diego)

have you ever been invited to go n first take and debate skip bayless

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

No. Been ducking me.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

Saw that the Haye-Chisora fight still isn't on either fighters record on Boxrec, are they looking at it as an unsanctioned exhibiton?

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

No idea but it was sanctioned. Just not by Britain but by Luxembourg. It should be on their record.

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

what are some of your favorite tv series on showtime and HBO that are not boxing related?

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

I dont watch any of the Showtime shows but Mrs. DTM is a huge Dexter fan. On HBO she likes True Blood. And I LOVE Curb Your Enthusiasm.

alex (utah)

ok Thurman-Lora sucks lets all hope at least its a great fight!

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

Let's hope.

Tony (Detroit)

Any news on Andy Lee's next move from the DiBella call yesterday?

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

No, the call was specifically about Lou's Sept. 29 HBO card.

Clarence (New Mexico)

On a scale of 1 to 10 what do you think HBO's interest is in buying Viloria vs Marquez?

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

I'm not sure they ever heard of those guys.

Rick (Marina, Ca)

Any end in sight for the GB TR beef ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

Dont be silly.

Kalik (St. Louis)

Buy or Sell: Amir Khan makes his welterweight debut in the UK against Kell Brook.

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

Sell.

john (augusta ga)

Being in the media you must watch hbos The Newsroom. Great stuff

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

Yes, I loved the first episode. We have the others on the DVR and have not watched yet.

Brian (Phoenix)

Favorite all time boxing movie?

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

Rocky III!

Ron (NY)

Why is there no criticsm towards Vitali for fighting htis bum charr?

Dan Rafael
  (1:58 PM)

I dont think people love it but it's not like there are lots of good opponents who will fight him. So they picked an undefeated guy. Six of one, half dozen of the other.

JS (NYC)

So is Lara v Vanes really happening?

Dan Rafael
  (1:59 PM)

Not necessarily.

Rob (Denton, Tx)

Have they really already sold 13k for the Chavez-Martinez fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:59 PM)

According to Top Rank, yes, they have sold about that many already.

Rob (Miami)

Dan, I loved the Corrales/Castillo fight but my personal favorite is Vargas vs Trinidad. Where you at that fight? Where does it rank in your list?

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

Yes, I was at Trinidad-Vargas. That was the second fight I ever covered in Las Vegas. Was incredible. I rank it in my top 10 for sure of fights I have been at to cover.

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

Here's a piece I did in 2007 that looks at my favorite fights: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/columns/story?columnist=rafael_dan&id=3094862

Joe (Pittsburgh)

Dempsey one of your all time favorites?

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

Yes sir.

Roy (Reno)

Newsroom? The writing is WAY over the top idealistic. Pass

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

What can I say? I'm a sucker for Sorkin. LOVED West Wing too.

Sean Mc (Ireland)

they should do an episode of curb where larry david puts money on Pacquiao to beat bradley.. i want to see his rant on that decision

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

LOL!!! That would be freakin' epic.

Lou DiBella's Dog (Lou's House)

Woof woof!

Anthony Mundine (Las Vegas)

Dan, may I come to the BBQ this year? I promise not to bring anyone.

Charlie (Chicago, IL)

DTM, saw you and Hopkins tweeting about how hes NEVER been cut?! That might be more impressive than him winning the legit Light Heavy title at 46

Dan Rafael
  (2:05 PM)

BHop's skin toughness is ridiculous. That he has had 60-plus fights or whatever and NEVER been cut is almost as amazing as the fact that he has only been dropped by Mercado in the first fight and Pascal in their first fight.

Robert (Orlando)

Any word on the size of the ring for Chavez v. Martinez?

Dan Rafael
  (2:06 PM)

Same as every fight in Vegas -- 20x20.

Dave (San Jose)

I printed out a picture of you and put it on the couch next to me when I watch the fights. We've had some great convos Dan.

Dan Rafael
  (2:08 PM)

Seek help bro.

Alec (Nashville)

Your thoughts on Mathebula only winning 6 (SIX!) total rounds on all 3 judges' cards against Donaire? How did you score it?

Dan Rafael
  (2:09 PM)

I had it 8-4 for Donaire watching on TV.

Dan Rafael
  (2:13 PM)

OK Fight Freaks, thanks for chatting today. Make sure to check out all the stories and blogs from the week and enjoy the fights this weekend. I will enjoying seeing KISS and Motley Crue tonight and fights tomorrow! Talk to you next week. Peace.