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August 31, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (12:00 PM)

Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome the Friday chat. Boxing is back this weekend with an HBO card with Golovkin-Proksa in the main event and then we've got huge fights coming -- Ward-Dawson and Martinez-Chavez over the next two weeks plus Canelo Alvarez-Lopez and Bailey-Alexander and much more. So we have plenty to discuss. Let's get to it.

Wade (At Work)

Dan, I think the Dawson-Ward fight is a toss up, I can honestly see it going 2 either fighter. What's your take?

Dan Rafael
  (12:01 PM)

The fact that many view the fight as tough to pick is great because it means there is uncertainty and it is obviously not a mismatch. I think they both have the skills to make each other uncomfortable. And I can see it going either way. I'll give my official predicition next Friday when I am in Oakland for the fight.

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

The Chavez jr vs Martinez faceoff was very good. I like Martinez in this fight but as it gets closer I keep thinking Chavez jr has a very good chance. Can't wait till Sept 15th.

Dan Rafael
  (12:02 PM)

I thought the Face Off was excellent, one of the best of the series. 18 months ago I thought Martinez would decapitate Chavez. The gap has closed a lot since then.

Ron (Tucson) [via mobile]

DTM. Does Josesito Lopez have a legitimate chance for a Rocky moment against Canelo?

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

I dont see it but I know he'll be in there trying to hard to prove everyone wrong.

Joe (Vancouver)

What are your predictions for the two middleweight fights tomorrow? I think Sturm wins by close decision and Golovkin by late KO.

Dan Rafael
  (12:03 PM)

I think Sturm probably gets a close decision in Germany (as usual) and I think Golovkin stopps Proksa.

Darin (Colorado)

What are the odds we see Pavlik vs. Abraham for the WBO Super Middleweight title?

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

Probably wont be Dec. 15, which is Abraham's next fight but I'd love to see it early next year and think there's a decent chance it could happen. We didn't get it when they were both prime middleweights so maybe now we'll see it when they're not prime super middleweights.

Darin (Colorado)

I love Chavez, Jr, great chin, but does he have anything more than a punchers chance with Martinez?

Dan Rafael
  (12:04 PM)

I dont consider Chavez a big puncher so I wouldnt even term his chances as a "puncher's chance." He has a chance to win based on his overall punch output and dogged relentless style.

PG (LI)

At this point, I'd love to see JMM/Bradley. So Fresh. If Marquez doesn't get old I think he takes it.

Dan Rafael
  (12:05 PM)

I wrote about the prospect of that fight the other day. I'd also like to see it. http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/1744/plan-b-bradley-vs-marquez

Peter (Philadelphia)

I wish I had $3 million to bet on Michigan-Alabama!

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

LOL. If it's true, Floyd will be paying close attention to that game.

Haris Syed Abbasi (Edison, NJ)

Dan, whos next on HBO 2 Days?

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

Not sure if it's even been decided.

Joel Julio (Vegas)

Hi Dad - when will you finally do an interview with me?

Dan Rafael
  (12:07 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child.

Nicholas Howe Bukowski (Montreal )

It seems as though there is great expectations for Gennady Golovkin first fight in America. When is the last time you remember this kind of expectation for a fighter coming to America?

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

Happens all the time. Hatton, Calzaghe, Prince Naseem.

Jack (NY)

I know people who were picking Chavez Jr. to win but have since switched to Martinez since watching the face-off

Dan Rafael
  (12:08 PM)

Not sure watching an interview taped 3 months before a fight would sway my opinion of who wins a fight.

Rick (San Diego)

Dan, in the ever-changing world of Pacquiao scheduling, there were rumors that it was Marquez and then rumors it was Cotto and rumors he wouldn't fight at all. Care to make a guess for what he will do and when we will know?

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

RUMORS. Nothing is set. Each gut campaigning for the fight is spinning it his way. Fact is, there's no deal, no fight, no nothing set yet.

William (Beran)

If Ricky Hatton makes a comeback, Id like to see him fight Manny. After what it did to him phsycologically, do you think there is any chance?

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

Do you have something against Hatton?

wes (arkansas)

Why does Barry McGuigan get in the ibhf but a guy like Donald Curry dont considering he made 8 defences and became the undiputed welterweight champion and was considered the best pound for pound boxer on the planet at a great time i just dont get the obtuse voting?

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

Because some of the voters are morons with no clue.

nick (nyc)

hi dan - thoughts about ODH's contemplating a return vs Sturm?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

Glad it didn't happen.

Mike (DC)

Gotta love all of the fights at 160! Golovkin-Proska, Sturm-Geale, Chavez-Martinez, N'Jakim-Qullin. I thought boxing was dying...?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

160 is red hot right now with all the top guys fighting in a short period of time.

Don (Chicago)

Need to convince my wife I need to keep HBO, any big fights coming up for HBO to help my case?

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

Of course. This weekend is a good card. Chavez-Martinez 24/7 starts tonight. Big card Oct. 13 with Donaire-Nishioka and Alvarado-Rios. Plenty good stuff coming. Take control man!

Daniel (Texas)

do you think in a way Martinez is somewhat jealous of Chavez Jr

Dan Rafael
  (12:11 PM)

Yup.

alexD (Miami)

Hi, Dan. What do you think about sept.8 match up Abdusalamov-McCline ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

It's on the Klitschko undercard. Abdusalamov will probably destroy him. McCline is way past his best and now only in it to pick up a check.

Haris Syed Abbasi (Edison, NJ)

Dan, will you be at the Barclays opener?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

Of course.

Bill (Chicago)

Dan, what are the odds that we see Bob Arum talking to an empty Romney-chair at the Democratic convention?

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

Pay the man Shirley!!!

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Mares vs Moreno should b a good fight. Mares has a pretty good resume.

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

So does Moreno.

Chris (Appleton, WI)

Now I see Pacquiao will fight on either 12/1 or 12/8. Do you think the inability to lock down a date and opponent for Pacquiao means he's fighting hard for Mayweather?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

Has nothing to do with Floyd. That fight is not happening this year unless something crazy happens.

Mike (NYC)

Big fan of Quillen, hoping he wins the title. No nothing about this N'Jikam - he any good?

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

N'Jikam is solid. Good boxer, not a big puncher in my view. I think Quillin has a better resume. N'Jikam is the epitome of what's wrong with boxing in that he has one of the most BS belts in history.

Nicholas (Montreal )

Do you think Carl Frampton is taking too much of a risk in fighting Steve Molitor or is the Canadian Kid over the hill by now?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

It's a calculated risk. Frampton has a ton of upside and Molitor is not close to what he was at his best.

John (Washington D.C.)

What do you think would be a good comeback fight for Amir Khan? Who would you like to see him face?

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

Let him now avenge the loss to Prescott. But that won't happen. Ideally, he would have faced Erik Morales so Morales could have let Garcia go and fight somebody else other than doing a rematch few are hyped for.

Newt (Jacksonville)

Talk of decapitations make me think you're not throwing the BBQ this year. Unless this is a BBQ that will end up on Jerry Springer.

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

There may be a BBQ still. We'll see.

Mac10 (Idaho)

Your thoughts on Ruslan Provodnikov?

Dan Rafael
  (12:18 PM)

Always in good fights. I have enjoyed watching on ESPN2 and would love to see him in a bigger fight.

jonathan (los angeles)

what up dan!!.... i know chavez and martinez has the most deserved hype coming up,,but was wondering your thoughts on the canelo vs lopez card. what do you think of it, and is it worthy to be deemed "KO kings"?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

Solid card and, truth be told, "KO King" was my idea and Richard Schaefer liked it when we were discussing it and named the card that. (Keep in mind it I had thought of KO Kings when the main event was supposed to be Canelo-Paul Williams and then Kirkland).

Dieter (From Sprockets)

My black turtleneck is on. That means now is the time in the chat when we DANCE!

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

Enjoy.

Mike (DC)

Anything new on an opponent for Broner on 11/3?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

Not yet, although there's a chance he could face the DeMarco-Molina winner if the winner comes out OK. I know HBO pursued the Guerrero fight to no avail at this point.

Sandwich In Play (Utah)

Did Meldrick Taylor ever even appear on the Hall of Fame ballot from what you remember? I understand why he wouldn't be voted in, but seems like he should make the ballot.

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

I dont recall Meldrick ever being on the ballot.

cj (toledo oh)

Will the giants repeat this year?

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

One can only hope!

clay (chattanooga)

do you have any inside track on the Hatton rumors or is that all they are right now....rumors?

Dan Rafael
  (12:24 PM)

Ricky's adviser and I spoke via email a couple of days ago and he told me that the Hatton camp had no official comment at this time. That sort of stuff leads me to believe that it could be true and that he is considering it, but we will have to wait and see.

steiny (ny)

what does Chavez Jr need to do to finally earn some respect from you? It took Mayweather years and years of winning until you finally acknowledged him as a great fighter...

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

I respect Chavez and that is reflected in what I have written. But Chavez is a long way from being "a great fighter."

Joe M (Dallas)

Go Giants!

Paul B (NY, NY)

Personality-wise are the K-brothers similar? Does one offerbetter insight during interviews?

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

When you get to know them they are quite different. First off, as far as interviews, they both speak English well but Wladimir's English is definitely better. I think it's because he lives in the US now and Vitali lives in Ukraine now so he is not around English as much. As for their personalities, Vitali is a bit more serious and Wladimir is defintely more laid back with a bigger sense of humor and fun loving side.

Phil (NJ )

Dan, my buddy is out in LA and he wants to go to the Wild Card Gym while he's there. Is the gym open to the public on most days?

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

Yup, as long as you pay the nominal fee. I think it's like 5 bucks for the day.

Paul (Carlsbad)

what about mayweather is he sitting out the rest of the year officially or you haven't heard a thing one way or the other about him fighting again this year?

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

He hasnt said but if you look at the calendar between now and the end of the year it is quite obvious that Floyd wont be fighting again this year.

John (Washington D.C.)

Robert Guerrero's what appears to be fabricated twitter followers increase, has to be a ploy to land Floyd don't you think?

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

Funny you say that. I ran the new program on several fighters to see who had a legit following. Lots of guys have legit followers. Robert's were 90% fake, according to the program.

Joe (Frankfurt)

Tomorrow night's HBO card definitely breaks the record for most unnecessary Zs in people's names.

Dan Rafael
  (12:31 PM)

LOL.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

Is is true HBO is pushing for Guerrero-Broiner on Nov. 3rd? And how much of a shot do you give it of actually coming off?

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Yes it's true and unfortunately seems unlikely.

nexoticunique (mexico nayarit)

hi Dan what were ur thoughts when u saw MARQUEZ vs PAQUIAO III if i recalled u thought PAQUIAO was gonna Ko MARQUEZ..

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

As I recall, I predicted a Pacquiao knockout and scored the fight a draw.

Daniel (Wilmington, Ca)

I've always wondered about this...Based on the different value of money in the U.S. and Europe, do the Klitschkos make anywhere near the amount that Mayweather or Pacquaio do?

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

They do very, very well but they dont make that much because their fights are not PPV. They dont have PPV in Germany or Russia or Ukraine.

Paul B (NY, NY)

Am I way off to think that the Nishioka-Donaire fight is a coin flip?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

I think Donare ia bigger favorite than a coin flip but not an overwhelming favorite.

Mike (DC)

Which camp is balking at Broner-Guerrero? If its Guerrero's he should be banned from issuing a press release for a year!

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

It's not either fighter camp from what I hear. It's Golden Boy not wanting to make the fight.

Jason (Philly)

Is Adrien Broner's next fight definitely in Atlantic City?

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

No.

Nareg (Boston)

Dan - Cotto v. Marquez was something I've always wanted to see...way too far apart in weight to be realistic, right...?

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

Dont know about "way" too far apart. But it would take some work to figure out the weight.

Martin (NYC)

No one is talking about tomorrow's undercard, who do you like b/n Jonathan Gonzalez and Dzunzurik? I can certainly see an upset since Dzunzurik hasn't fought since the Sergio Martinez drumming 18 months ago! Your thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

It's an interesting undercard. I can see it going either way. Maybe Dzinziruk toys with an experienced kid who is pretty one-dimensional or maybe the young kid roughs up the old, inactive guy. I really dont know.

Jeff (Gilbert AZ)

Dan,Prime Tszyu vs Cotto at 140?

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT FIGHT!!!!! OMG!!

Victor (Chicago, IL)

Any news on Vasyl Lomancheko going pro?

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

Supposedly signed to the AIBA pro league.

John (Washington D.C.)

Any news if B-hop is officially retired or is he still looking to fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

He has not retired officially and would probably fight if there was something good for him available.

Rob (London)

Did DiBella have to give options on Martinez to Top Rank to get the Chavez fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

At least one.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

I believe Golovkin wins but Proksa is being overlooked. Remember GGG struggled with an past-prime southpaw Ouma.

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

Nobody is overlooking Proksa. He is a very dangerous and legit opponent.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

After a dreadful August, thank goodness that September is here.

David (Houston)

Has Jermain Taylor gone back into retirement?

Dan Rafael
  (12:49 PM)

No, not officially anyway.

Mike (los angeles)

I am now resigned to the fact that the only person who can make the Floyd-Pacquiao fight is the badass of them all, Clint Eastwood.

Dan Rafael
  (12:51 PM)

Hilarious.

Dan (Liverpool, NY)

Any word on the boxing after dark weigh in today? We rarely get big fights in this area and I never been to a weigh in. Would love to get there were ever it is.

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

The weigh-in hasnt happened yet.

Sam (London)

I'm a big Cotto fan, but talk of a rematch with Manny is frankly ridiculous! He got a pounding last time. Surely to have a rematch it needs to have been a close/disputed decision or a shock KO?

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

Absoltutely not. A rematch would be legit. Fight was good, fight was popular, fight did well PPV-wise. Pacquiao has slipped a little. Cotto looked good against Floyd even in losing. So I dont think a Pacquiao-Cotto rematch is bad at all if that's what they decide to do.

Jeff (Gilbert AZ)

Dan, I have to respectfully disagree with you about the wisdom of Arce turning down the Donaire fight. Arce would lose that fight and probably in devastating fashion. He is better off waiting for a winnable fight, for less money, but his career on cable would be extended thus more profitable in the end.

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

The problem is that it was Arce who was screaming out for the fight. If he had not opened his mouth for the past year, I'd agree with you.

Alex (Lancs, England)

Dan, Price vs Harrison - waste of time or will it show us anything useful?

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

Legit fight for Price. Part of the climb up the ladder. It's a meaningful fight in England and will serve Price wll probably. It may not be saying a whole lot, but Audley will be the best opponent of Price's career so far. He's big, he's experienced. I have no problem with it.

Chris (Seattle)

Now that Berto is licensed in CA, are there any whispers of what the next move would be for him? I'm still a fan and would love to see him back in the ring again Ortiz

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

Nothing concrete yet.

Horn (Vegas)

I always thought that Oliver McCall would be the one talking to a chair.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

Is Showtime moving Mares-Moreno 2 weeks after Oct. 13th an acknowledgement on their part that the HBO card is significantly better on paper?

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

Showtime said when an alternative that makes can be found they would rather not go head to head. So when Oct. 27 at the Honda Center presented itself as an alternative and it was OK with Showtime's schedule the card was moved. I spoke to Steve Espinoza about it and I take the man at his word.

Anthony (Bronx, NY)

Romney Vs. President Obama in the Ring. Who do you like?

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

Tough call. Romney has a great right hand. Obama has a brutal left.

kurtis (chicago)

Cant wait for the Klitchko documentary.

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

It's a good look at their lives and careers. HBO shows it on Sept. 8 in the late afternoon on the day they show Vitali's fight.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

Damn, I really wanted to see Stevenson-George. Too bad it isn't gonna be televised (it's on Wealth TV so virtually it's the same thing lol).

Dan Rafael
  (1:03 PM)

I know. I dont get the channel so I will have to figure out a place to watch it online.

Alexandre (Montreal)

Dan, we hear a lot about how well the ticket sales are going for the Martinez - Chavez Jr. fight from Top Rank but how are the sales going for Canelo - Lopez ? Since I haven't read Golden Boy bragging about the ticket sales so far, my guess is that they're less than stellar. Have you heard anything ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:04 PM)

I have no idea about the Canelo ticket sales. I did talk to Todd duBoef earlier today and he said they have less than 2,000 tix left for Chavez-Martinez, all upper bowl, and he said they think they'll be sold out pretty darn soon, certainly well ahead of the fight.

Sean Mc (Ireland)

What benifit do Sky get from signing with just one promoter? I really don't understand what they gain from only showing british fights from one promotional stable

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

I agree.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

Do you think that Adrien Broner's 78 break-ups with his girlfriend on twitter will have any effect on his next fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

Unlikely.

Aaron (MI)

Mike Tyson from 1985 to 1991 was the most feared fighter in boxing and the youngest heavyweight champion in history (still idolized by most boxers from everywhere). He came out of prison after three years and still had enought to become heavyweight chamion again. Why do you not rank Tyson as a top 10 heavyweight all-time???

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

Are we really going to go through this again?

brad (toronto)

what's with kirkland? is he ever going to get his team and promotion on straight? last i heard he was suing GB , any truth?

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

Yes, they are suing each other. Kirkland is a very misguided person and I actually feel kinda bad for him for screwing up his career so badly.

Charles (Ogden)

Any news yet on the Tarver B-sample? I am missing something, but what is taking so long?

Dan Rafael
  (1:07 PM)

He has a hearing sometime in October.

Duke (NJ)

D$, Been meaning to ask this for a while, but what happened to your weekly notebooks? Those were such good pieces that gave all the good gossip and an overview of what was going on. Can we get them back, pretty please??

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

Can somebody answer this. I'm tired of it.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

Hardest pure punchers in boxing right now, Adonis Stevenson, Randall Bailer, who else?

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

I'd include Wladimir Klitschko on that list too, Roman Gonzalez from the little guys as well.

Jonathan (Atlanta)

Dan, My mother is flying in from London next Saturday, is it wrong that I hope she's jet-lagged and doesn't wanna do anything, so I can watch Dawson-Ward??

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

No, that is nothing to be ashamed of.

Dr. Rockso (Zazzblammymatazz)

Duke - Dan does the blogs now. Have you not been following his work every single day of the week? Geez, do you have a life or something?

Chris C (Washington DC)

Hey Dan, you consider Wladimir a harder puncher than Vitali?

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

Yes, definitely. Wladimir, for one punch, has much more destructive power.

John (D.C.)

Even though i'm not the biggest fan of them, I have to admit i'm pumped for HBO Klitschko documentary. It should be pretty good don't you think?

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

I know it's good as I have seen it. If you have interest in their lives and careers it is must-see.

Besim (Staten Island, New York)

With Dzinziriuk fighting tomorrow, and the Shaw & Dibella individual shows coming up soon, is HBO just about done fulfilling the promises made previously by Ross Greenburg?

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

HBO is fulfilling its obligations and making the best of them in my view.

Victor (Chicago, IL)

Is the Chavez-Martinez 24/7 going to be 2 episodes or 3?

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

Two.

dwight (tx)

did tarver get fired from showtime

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

I dont know if fired is the right word but he is definitely benched for the time being.

Todd (Florence, SC)

What exactly does it mean when a promotor gets "options" on another promotor's fighter? Does that mean they get to call the shots and handle the promotion on a future fight? Or do they just get a piece of the financial action for a fight or two?

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

Options mean the promoter could simply have a set financial stake in that boxer's next fight (or multiple fights, depending on the deal). In other words, a promoter might just get a check for a set amount of a set percentage off the next fight. Other options, give the promoter the power to be directly involved in setting up and promoting the next fight or series of fights.

PeteNice (Philly)

Dan, I read an article in the local paper that Mike Jones was trying to leave his current promoter and trainer. Any idea whom he's looking to sign with? My guess, the Money Team.

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Not sure who he would be talking to but Mike seems pretty ungrateful. He didnt exactly produce for Top Rank or Peltz. In fact, he has been a massive disappointment.

Sean Mc (Ireland)

Hatton vs ODLH in 2013, buy or sell?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

Sell.

John (Washington D.C.)

Broner vs Gamboa. What do you think?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

I'd love to see it.

David (Chico)

Dan any word on Chris Arreola? Any chance we see him face Wlad?

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

Nothing is set, but he might wind up in a title eliminator vs Bername Stiverne.

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

Nothing is set, but he might wind up in a title eliminator vs Bername Stiverne.

John (D.C.)

is it just one episode of road to 24/7 ward dawson or are they having another one?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

One ep.

Matt (San Diego)

Dan, Just a heads up, but I got an email from the MGM offering free tickets to the Canelo fight. That tells me that sales are't going well.

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

Cant say I am surprised.

Greg (Los Angeles)

Will Tavoris Cloud fight before the end of the year?

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

I would think so since his mandatory with Murat will be due.

Greg (Los Angeles)

Dan do you see the Stiverne-Arreola fight actually happening? Could you see a network picking up the fight if it does?

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

Yes, I can definitely see one of the networks buying that fight.

clay (chattanooga)

any idea when another episode of The Fight Game will air Dan?

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

Sept. 22.

Brandon (Jacksonville FL)

Dantagion, are you stoked about this Alvarado/Rios fight or what???

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

Totally.

Brian (Boulder, CO)

It seems that there is no bad blood between Alvarado and Rios, rather a mutual respect, which disappoints me. Just think if there was mutual hatred, the excitement level would be even more off the charts. Winner of fight vs Bradley in March 2012?

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

Why? Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti had huge respect for each other and were good friends by the third fight yet they fought incredible wars with each other.

David (Chico)

Gary Russel Jr anything?

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

Nada, which is a shame. Been a completely wasted year.

Dan Rafael
  (1:20 PM)

No.

Dr. Rockso (Zazzblammymatazz)

Dan - did Epix ever consider purchasing the Abraham v Stieglitz fight? I wanted to see that one and it sounded like an entertaining bout.

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

I am told it was considered but being in late August with very low viewership they decided to pass and use the money for some other stuff later in the fall.

Jose (Puerto Rico)

Does Cotto make the hall of fame?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Yes.

Anthony (Houston)

I'm telling you DTM, an FAQ link would be well-timed right about now.

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8255219/dan-rafael-chat-faq

The Iron Sheik (Teran, Iran)

Hello Gene Mean..I mean the dan rafael. What boxer do you think would look best with pointy shoes like the sheik?

Dan Rafael
  (1:22 PM)

These are my readers.

Anthony (Long Beach, CA)

Dan if HBO wants a Broner-Guerrero fight and Broner doesn't want it, why settle for the Demarco-Molina winner? Why don't they tell Broner he can't fight on their network then?

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

Who said Broner didn't want it?

Aaron (MI)

Andre Dirrell vs Sergio Martinez at 160 (Buy or sell?)

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

Sell. Dirrell doesnt make 160 and it's a pointless fight nobody would want to see anyway.

Gabe Saginaw Mi [via mobile]

Good read on Golovkin. I'm interested to see him fight this weekend.

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

Thanks. Here's my piece on Golovkin. http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8321393/gennady-golovkin-stars-stripes-eyes

dwight (pittsburg tx)

why do i hear some people down on the Ward Dawson fight. This is what boxing fans should want two champs in there prime willing to fight each other need more like these two

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

I agree.

alex (utah)

I remember about a year ago you mention on the chat that Arum and GB seriously discussed Canelo Vs Chavez Jr cause maybe they felt sooner rather than later one of them was gonna lose a fight, Do you remember what killed the deal then? was it just the TR vs GB war? weight classes?

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

All of the above.

Trevor Ariza (East LA)

Is Alex Ariza strength and conditioning coach for JCC jr in this fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:26 PM)

No, Chavez fired him.

Charles (DFW)

Count me among those who would love to see a Guerrero-Broner match, but if that doesn?t happen I wouldn?t mind seeing Broner and Judah at 140.

Rassehasse (LV)

Now that Moreno's moving up, who do you see emerging as the top guy @ 118?

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

Moreno has not given up his title and his adviser said win or lose against Mares, he might still fight at bantamweight if the right fights are there for him.

JOHN (ROCHESTER)

Dan:have you heard if martinez-chavez will be shown in theatres? thanks

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

No, only Golden Boy has done theater fights, not Top Rank. There are, however, closed circuit locations opening up in Vegas for the fight since it will be a sellout.

Dalyn (Carson, CA)

DTM, it was talked about in years past, but doesn't Pavlik v. Abraham make sense for both guys at this stage in their careers? I'd love to see it!

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

Yes and it was addressed earlier in the chat.

Joydeep (Philippines)

What do you think of Freddie Roach saying that martinez is overrated and is only good because of his conditioning?

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

Freddie is hyping the fight.

John (D.C.)

The undercard for Martinez Chavez isn't that good, i'll definitely be watching the GB card until it's time for the main event for the Martinez fight

Dan Rafael
  (1:34 PM)

Cant blame you for that. That's the thing about Sept. 15. HBO PPV has the far superior main event. Showtime has a way better undercard.

Rassehasse (LV)

Joe Agbeko vs. Jorge Arce, who do you pick?

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

That'd been an intersting fight. I think it's probably a toss-up at this point.

Michael C (Houston)

Any word on Victor Ortiz's jaw?

Dan Rafael
  (1:35 PM)

Healing.

corey (westwick)

Forget his ugly style of fighting does John ruiz someday get in the hall of fame?Wasn't he the first latino to win a part of the heavyweight title and he beat alot of fighters even with that awful style

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

Dude I know you're a regular in here and that you are generally an intelligent chatter. So I am a little concerned for your health today. Are you feeling OK? Seriously, I think you need to just take a nap or relax and grab some water. I think there's a problem with you today. I'm concerned. I hope everything is OK and that you feel better. Should we call 911?

Mike (Los Angeles)

Danito, Since HBO will be covering Wlad/Charr next week with the triple header and with Showtime with Alexander/Bailey, where will you be?

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

I will be in Oakland beginning next Thursday and then I will go from there straight to Vegas to continue an 11-day road trip.

Dan Rafael
  (1:40 PM)

Check this out: http://twitpic.com/aor39t

Mike (Massapequa)

Corey from Westwick please God tell me you are trying to make some kind of sick joke !!!

Xavier (NYC)

What's the latest regarding Peterson/Zab?

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

Nothing right now.

Anthony (Houston)

Did I hear correctly that the 10/20 Barclays card was gonna be on Showtime?

Dan Rafael
  (1:43 PM)

Correct.

Aaron (MI)

David Haye and Vitali both have 90% KO's rates... Are you looking forward to this fight if it gets made?

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

Haye knocked out mostly cruiserweights and is MUCH smaller and already showed his dog side against Waldimir. So, no, I am not looking forward to this fight and hope it does not get made. I think Vitali smashes Haye if it does happen.

corey (westwick)

I never said iwould put John Ruiz in the hall of fame but 30yrs don't be shocked thats all im saying

Dan Rafael
  (1:45 PM)

I will be shocked. He probably wont even be on the ballot and if he was anyone with remote knowledge would not vote for a guy who got a lot out of his limited ability but was not even remotely close to a HOFer. Do you have a drug problem?

Mickey (Chicago)

If Dawson wins, do you see him staying at 168 or moving back up 175? Where does Ward go if he wins?

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

Dawson said he would be fight in whichever division presented him with the biggest and best fight. Ward said he plans to stay at 168 for the time being and will eventually move up, but he said once he does go up, he is not coming back down.

Fred Garvin (NYC)

Is Ruiz going to have all the hall voters watch a few of his fights and then fill out their ballots for them while they are asleep?

Dan Rafael
  (1:46 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Mike (Massapequa)

hate to do this but Corey needs to be banned from the chat for 2 weeks

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

I think he just needs an MRI.

Craig D. (Philly)

Dan, exactly how many Ricky Hatton's are debating a return to the ring?

Dan Rafael
  (1:49 PM)

Just one.

Waqas (England )

Do you think Kell will come off easy with his next fight?

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

He should easily handle Saldivia, although Saldivia is dangerous early in my opinion.

Tommy (Detroit)

OT? (just so you know we appreciate it when you do)

Dan Rafael
  (1:51 PM)

LOL, havent heard anyone mention OT in ages.

John (D.C.)

Bradley vs. guerrero would be a good fight. I don't think Bob is really that commited to Timothy so i'm sure it could be made with GB.

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

Guess again. No chance for that fight at this point.

Mickey (Chicago)

Hall of Fame quote from Ruiz before he fought Nikolai Valuev: "How can I miss, his head's the size of a Volkswagon."

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

That was a great line.

John Ruiz (Corey's front door)

Leave Corey alone please, he just needs a hug.

Dan Rafael
  (1:54 PM)

EPIC!!! Pay the man, Shirley!

Rick (Marina, Ca)

Why is Morales fighting Garcia again, SMH.

Dan Rafael
  (1:55 PM)

He had a rematch clause, can make a great payday and get a shot at two titles.

Sean Mc (Ireland)

You said after a recent interview with Vitali he talked about politics alot. Did you get a sense that this is his main passion now and his next fight will be his last?

Dan Rafael
  (1:56 PM)

Absolutely, politics is the biggest part of Vitali's life compared to boxing. He would not address the specifics of his retirement but said maybe a fight or two more. But he is very committed to his political career and to helping reform the government in Ukraine.

David (Worcester, MA)

Do you think that Price, Fury, or Seth Mitchell will being willing to fight Wlad before he's 40 or starts to show signs of serious slippage

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

I would hope so. Wlad is only 36. Dont think those guys want to wait 4 more years.

Rick (Marina, Ca)

I might have to shutdown my hbo for I can get the NFL ticket, what would you do ?

Dan Rafael
  (1:57 PM)

You gotta do what you gotta do.

Warren (Anaheim, Ca)

If Chavez beats Martinez, will he move up to 168 and challenge the winner of Ward/ Dawson. That would be a good ppv fight at Staples Center.

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

ZERO chance Top Rank would match him with the winner of Ward-Dawson. Not next, probably not ever.

Keith H (Seattle)

The FAQ absolutely rocks and should be required reading before the chats.

Dan Rafael
  (2:00 PM)

Agreed. And I will do an update with more questions added to it soon.

Mike (New York)

James Toney tried to have a conversation with the chair. The chair didn't understand him.

Mickey (Chicago)

After all these Brits talking up Kell Brook, I'm wondering when/if you think we'll see him stateside? I know they're a little over-enthusiastic about their fighters over there but I admit, the hype has got me excited to see this kid.

Dan Rafael
  (2:01 PM)

Kell is a good contender but his performances do not yet match the hype in my view.

Rick (Marina, Ca)

Have you decide which show you'll be attending on Sept 15, I guess its the Chavez vs Martinez, but will you be montioring what is going on the other side of town ?

Dan Rafael
  (2:02 PM)

Like every other main beat writer I know of, I will be ringside for Martinez-Chavez.

Brett (Minneapolis)

DTM, Do you think Bob Arum will legitimately negotiate with TMT/ 50 Cent for a potential MP-FMjr Scrap or is he just saying he will to get under the skin of GB?

Dan Rafael
  (2:03 PM)

I dont know.

Dan Rafael
  (2:04 PM)

Thanks for chatting today Fight Freaks. Be sure to check out all the new news stories, blogs and updates to the schedule and rankings. Enjoy the HBO card Saturday night and I'll talk with you next week from Oakland for Ward-Dawson. Have a great weekend. Peace.