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October 19, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dan Rafael

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to the weekly chat. Big boxing weekend with the big Showtime quadrupleheader in Brooklyn, not to mention Kell Brook in his eliminator with Saldivia in England. We havew plenty of coverage of the Showtime card so check it out and also make sure to take a look at the updated schedule and rankings. Let's get to it.

Aaron (Cincinnati)

I think I speak for all freaks when I say, more Rios and more Alvarado please. If matched right those two are guaranteed excitement.

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

What he said.

Doug (Lexington)

If Rios were to get the winner of Pac-Marquez, I actually think Rios-Marquez would be the more entertaining fight.

Dan Rafael
  (12:06 PM)

I'd be happy to watch either of them.

John (D.C.)

Is Rios Alvarado in your top 10 fights you've seen in person?

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

I guess I'd have to actually make a list but I, yeah, I would guess so. Off the top of my head and in no order here are some of the fights that spring to mind that I covered at ringside that are among my personal best: Corrales-Castillo 1, Barrera-Morales 3, Gatti-Ward 3, Lewis-Klitschko, Mosley-Oscar 1, Toney-Jirov, Rios-Alvarado, Sergio Martinez-Paul Williams 1. There are more, those are just off the top of my head.

Niall (Dublin Ireland)

What level of prospect would you rate John Joe Nevin. Style needs a big adjustment for pro game

Dan Rafael
  (12:09 PM)

Hard to say right now. I have not seen a lot of him, just a couple of Olympic fights and he did not make a big impression on me. Not saying he's not a prospect I just dont have a real opinion on him at this point.

Walter (LA, CA)

What are the point of these tests if the fight is still going on despite a failed test? The B Sample result should've been finished before the fight to determine if Sample A was a false positive. It's ridiculous.

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

I agree. What can I say?

John (D.C.)

I know Vitali is very consumed with his political career right now, but do you think we will hear from him soon whether he is really going to fight Haye or not? The Heavyweight division needs another superfight.

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

You won't hear anything until at least after Oct. 28, which is when the election is.

Niall (Dublin Ireland)

Any word on what is next for Andy Lee?

Dan Rafael
  (12:10 PM)

Nothing yet.

Aaron (Hartford)

Dan- Ward- Pavlik in my mind is a terrible mis match. Pavlik wont win a round. You agree ? Seems like Pavlik is cashing out ....

Dan Rafael
  (12:12 PM)

I'd like to see the fight. Do I think Ward wins? Sure. But I do not write off a guy who is still relatively young, can punch, has a good chin and whose only two losses are out of his weight class to Hopkins (an all-time great) and a competitive loss to Martinez despite the fact that he had a horrible cut (and an incompetent cut man and was drinking before the fight). It's the obvious match right now and there is no other available big name for Pavlik AND it will do an excellent rating for HBO. Is it the ideal and perfect fight? No. Is it by far the best fight out there for both guys who want a "big" fight? Absolutely. Could it be a good fight to watch? Yes to that too. I say bring it on.

Audel (Oakland ca)

Dan, do you plan on being at the nov. 10th boxing event at the wynn las vegas? how would you rate that card?

Dan Rafael
  (12:14 PM)

I will be in New York that day calling the Wladimir Klitschko-Wach fight for Epix. The Wynn card is solid. Lara-Martirosyan is a nice fight between two guys who will deserve a title shot by winning the eliminator. Garcia-Barros is a solid save since Salido got hurt. Top Rank will also have some of its top prospects on the show, like Hart and Magdaleno and the tix seemed priced right so, to me, it's a nice show.

Frank (PHX)

DTM, any word on who might be fighting on the Pac/Marquez undercard?

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

The card is not set but look for Javier Fortuna to be on the PPV card.

Peter (NYC)

Read Daniel Jacobs story. His a champion with or without a title.

Dan Rafael
  (12:15 PM)

Jacobs is a great kid and very easy to root for after everything he has been through.

Cody (Pensacola, FL)

What happened with Solis-Adamek? Did Solis management get greedy and then come to their senses too late?

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

That is the way I heard it from Main Events, which was trying to make the fight. Frankly, I'm glad Solis blew the fight. I was not interested in. I am not interested in Solis. He's in bad fights and still has yet to beat a top opponent. I am MUCH happier to see Adamek-Cunningham 2 in its place.

Mike (DC)

Ward-Pavlik is the fight that makes Ward a crossover star! Which is GOOD for boxing!

Dan Rafael
  (12:16 PM)

That's another part of it if Ward wins. And if Pavlik wins, boy, what an amazing comeback for his career.

Wiston (Sacaramento)

Round of the year so far: Rios/Alvarado round 5 or Chavez/Martinez round 12?

Dan Rafael
  (12:17 PM)

It's tough. For sheer action, I go with Rios-Alvarado 5. For sheer drama, I go with Martinez-Chavez. At the moment, it comes down to those two for ROY. I still have some time (and other fights to see) before I have to decide.

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

Brooklyn in the house. Check out my blog: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/2147/history-of-brooklyn-champions

Chris C (Washington DC)

Wait, Pavlik's cutman was drinking before the Martinez fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

No, just clueless.

Bing (Philly)

Did Morales at least make weight this time?

Dan Rafael
  (12:19 PM)

The weigh-in is later today.

Rick (Marina, ca)

What up Dan, I dont know why the fight is still going on with Morales, what happens if he wins, I just don't get it.

Dan Rafael
  (12:20 PM)

It's a fluid situation and nobody really wants to talk about it. I suspect that if the fight goes on (which I am fairly certain it will) and Morales wins and then the B sample is positive (which it obviously likely will be) then the result would be changed to a no decision and Morales (assuming he makes weight) would be stipped of the title and it would go back to Garcia. It's a bad situation and makes boxing look stupid.

Chris (Seattle)

Is Bradley still without a dance partner in December?

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

Yes and he is unlikely to fight.

Mike (DC)

What's next for Golovkin? Why doesn't HBO give him the Dec 15 date. I love Donaire, but rather bring back Golovkin than give Donaire another date 2 months after he just fought

Dan Rafael
  (12:21 PM)

I agree with you and I have made that same point. Golovkin though probably will be back on HBO in January.

Bruce (Queens, NYC)

Do you think Gabriel Rosado vs Saul Alvarez is a fight we could see in the near future? and do you think it would be a competitive fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

I think it's possible but I would not say it's likely. And I do think Rosado would make it a good fight.

Mike (Hillsboro)

Dan, Gary Russel Jr.'s next dance partner Vyacheslav Gusev an opponent or live dog?

Dan Rafael
  (12:22 PM)

Honestly, I do not know Gusev but looking at his record it's not much.

Rags (NYC)

How are ticket sales for the Brooklyn show? I've heard they're SLOW.....

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

That's what most people in the business say but I really don't know for sure. My hope is it is a huge success and we get a great card and kick off the Barclays Center entrance into boxing in style.

RJ (OH)

What's up with Bradley turning down Peterson as an opponent? In the first fight, Peterson gave Bradley even more of a boxing lesson than Bradley gave to Pac!

Dan Rafael
  (12:23 PM)

Who knows? And who cares!

Carl (Vegas)

Dan, It's time to call out the "shady" relationship between USADA and Golden Boy. This makes you wonder if the previous rumors of fighters failing tests are true. Thoughts?

Dan Rafael
  (12:25 PM)

Not sure which fighters you mean but the thing that bothers me is that the Morales B sample wouldnt be tested until after the fight, if that is in fact what happens. Just makes no sense. Not sure why you refer to the relationship as "shady" though.

Mac (NYC)

What is your opinion of Peter Quillin and how he will do against the top middleweights?

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

Quillin is an excellent young fighter. He has not yet fought a top middleweight, which has a lot of good fighters now. N'Jikam is pretty unknown and the win over Winkly, while a great name, Winky was old and coming off a huge layoff. I suspect though that Quillin will hold his own with any of the top guys.

Hassan (LV)

I'd like to see Rios vs. Matthysse. Who do you pick?

Dan Rafael
  (12:26 PM)

I LOVE that fight. But it wont happen because of the GB-TR nonsense.

Terry (Brick)

Dan,Who is next for Chris Arreola? He is a tough guy, would love to see him fight Adamek, or sombody else who is a slugger.

Dan Rafael
  (12:27 PM)

He is supposed to fight Bermane Stiverne in a WBC title eliminator, probably later this fall. Arreola has signed the contract. Don King won the purse bid. Supposedly, the fight will be in Venezuela, where King supposedly has some kind of deal.

Jose (SF, CA)

Dan, can you offer specifics on how your role will change with the new ESPN/HBO deal?

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

My role is the same as it has always been. I have nothing to do with the deal.

Alec (Nashville)

Dan, have you ever spoken to any fighters regarding this TR-GBP cold war? Do you sense any disenchantment from them? Seems to me they are limiting their options by being affiliated with one or the other.

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

I have and there are definitely fighters who it pisses off.

Everlast 76 (Montréal )

whats the situation of lucian bute's 3 fight contract with showtime ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:28 PM)

I believe it was terminated.

Tim (Oakland)

Would it be too quick of a turn-around to put Rios in VS Bradley?

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

Even if it wasn't, which I believe it is, Cameron Dunkin manages both fighters and would never make that fight.

Wiston (Sacaramento)

Best division in boxing right now? I think it is the middleweight division.

Dan Rafael
  (12:29 PM)

I'd say in no order, 160, 154, 122.

Bobby (New York)

Dan, Dumb move by Golden Boy not to have Judah on the card. He moves tickets out here if matched competitively.

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

How is that Golden Boy's fault? They don't promote Judah.

USADA (Interrogating Room)

Dan, any truth to the rumor that Erik devoured the beef at your BBQ?

Dan Rafael
  (12:30 PM)

The tainted beef you mean!

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

Here's my Garcia-Morales feature: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8523671/is-saturday-danny-garcia-rematch-erik-morales-last-big-shot

John (D.C.)

Is Gamboa alive? I mean how can a fighter that was on the verge of superstardom fall off the map like this?

Dan Rafael
  (12:32 PM)

He joined the Winky Wright School of Boxing Business. There's a chance he will be back on the Pacquiao-Marquez 4 undercard.

cj (toledo oh)

Adamek-cunningham 2 with both being on the downside who pulls it out?

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

No idea but I know I want to see it. It's an excellent match.

Juan C (San Diego)

Dan, the ONLY reason the sample B isn't announced ahead of time the money they'd lose if they called off that fight. It's absurd, and it's an insult to fight fans to think we can't see past it.

Dan Rafael
  (12:33 PM)

That is the general opinion of many of the comments that are coming in.

Berndawg (CHI)

Completely fluid situation in regards to the Top Rank/HBO/December 15th date?

Dan Rafael
  (12:34 PM)

First off, it's not a guaranteed Top Rank date now that Bradley is off. But, yes, it's a fluid situation. There's a chance HBO just might not have a show that night too.

dave (uk)

worst division in boxing right now? light heavy? cruiser? heavy?

Dan Rafael
  (12:35 PM)

None of those. I'd say 130, maybe 115 and 105.

Mike (DC)

Anything on Cloud-Murat? Don King really knows how to kill careers

Dan Rafael
  (12:36 PM)

Likely Nov. 16 in Venezuela, where Don King has some sort of deal going on.

C.M. (Toronto)

About the Garcis-Morales fight going forward on Saturday night, I just wanted to say another big thanks to Golden Boy for "cleaning up" the sport of boxing.

Dan Rafael
  (12:37 PM)

Before you go crazy realize that the situation has not been decided yet as far as I know. So I dont think that is a fair comment.

Brinsley (St Albans, UK)

Hey Dan, do you think that Kell Brook will finally get a title shot if he wins tomorrow? The guy is the King of Final Eliminators!

Dan Rafael
  (12:38 PM)

This is his first final eliminator. I believe he will manhandle Saldivia and then he will get the IBF shot. The IBF will enforce the mandatory and if the winner of Bailey-Alexander does not fight Brook, he will be stripped and Brook would fight for the vacant title.

Pete (Texas)

I have been hearing that Canelo had GBP reach out to the Martinez team for a fight in May. What are the chances this fight actually happens?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

The fight probably wont happen. Martinez's adviser told me there have been zero conversations about the fight. His comment in my story the other day was this: "Whatever you see on the Web about Canelo and Sergio 'Maravilla' Martinez, it is all bull----," Sampson Lewkowicz said. "There is nothing to it. We haven't discussed anything with anyone."

paul (chicago)

Dan do you think Randall Bailey will land the knockout punch on Alexander?

Dan Rafael
  (12:39 PM)

No idea but it's his only chance to win I think.

Jay (Highland Park)

Predictions for the fights?

Dan Rafael
  (12:41 PM)

Garcia and I'm thinking stoppage; Malignaggi and I'm thinking he wins on cuts again or easy decision; I'll take Quillin by knockout; and Alexander by decision although if Devon stopped Bailey late I would not be surprised.

Jose (Lennox, CA)

While this unofficial exclsive deal Showtime has with Golden Boy is kinda lame, I'm loving the fact that we are getting four televised fights on a regular basis.

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

Having quadrupleheaders is a good thing if the fights are solid and generally they have been. So if you subscribe to Showtime, this is what is called getting your monies worth.

John (D.C.)

I heard Bailey was partying too much that's why the fight was delayed?

Dan Rafael
  (12:42 PM)

You heard? Or you listened to what Alexander trainer/manager Kevin Cunningham was saying?

darryl p (indianapolis)

sorry about ur yanks..do u think it was a-rod fault?

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

ARod, Cano, Swisher, Granderson -- none of them hit! But ARod is the guy making $30 million.

Rich (Hyannis)

What's your review of KISS's Monster cd? I give it 4 out of 5

Dan Rafael
  (12:43 PM)

I absolutely love it. I give it 5 stars. It's on my IPod and I will be listening to it on the train later when I'm on my way to NYC for tomorrow's Showtime card.

Rich (Cape Cod)

Dan, if the morales-garcia fight goes on, could GB get Melky Cabrera vs Manny Ramirez on the undercard with the winner fighting the winner of Jose Canseco vs.Barry Bonds?

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Bobby (Louisville)

So much for Glen Johnson's retirement!

Dan Rafael
  (12:44 PM)

I never believed it in the first place.

Fred (CT)

I read that Guillermo Jones might pull out of his Oct 27th fight. When is the WBA going to finally strip this guy? Does he have incriminating pictures of somebody?

Dan Rafael
  (12:45 PM)

Who knows? Guillermo Jones is a good fighter but a complete waste of time. He has like 3 fights in five years or something. He should be stripped if he pulls out again.

Greg (Canada)

I am picking Malignaggi to win by TKO on cuts. If this happens, it will be the second time in his career he has won consecutive fights by KO. The first time it happened was the first two fights of his career.

Newt (Jacksonville)

I was thinking of going to Barclay's tomorrow night for the fight, but why spend money on a drug-tainted farce? I'll sit home, watch on Showtime and pray somebody takes A-Rod off the Yanks' hands.

Dan Rafael
  (12:46 PM)

There are still other matches on the card and it is always great to go to live fights. I'd still go regardless of the status of the main event.

Donald (Wisconsin)

Why is it such a big deal that Morales got caught? How would that substance effect the outcome of the fight? Another example of the boxing media taking something too far because theres nothing else going on in the sport

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

The morons are out. It's a banned substance. Period.

Ramz (NOLA)

Danimal, what are the purses looking like for the main event tomorrow night?

Dan Rafael
  (12:47 PM)

I have all of the purses for the card in my blog from yesterday: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/2130/big-fights-big-money-at-barclays-center-2

hood (bronx)

is lamont peterson vs zab judah going to be on the cotto/trout undercard

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

They were approached but at the moment it does not look like it. I suppose that could change. I think it would be a good fight for that show.

John (D.C.)

Any news on what networks will do the hatton fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

I have been told that Showtime be airing it.

kash (bronx)

who had more hits Arod against the tigers or nishioka against donaire

Dan Rafael
  (12:48 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Ace (Sactown)

"Morales definitely gave me a harder fight than Khan and also gave me a chance to fight for a title. If anyone deserved a rematch, it's Erik Morales for giving me the first chance. That is boxing respect." I like this guy now. His dad is a terrible person though

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

Danny is a good kid. His dad get a little crazy and says some dopey stuff but he is really not a bad guy. I've known him a long time and I like the guy. He just makes it hard for some because they only know him by his outlandish remarks at press conferences.

The Met (T.O.)

Donald. Wow. Guy must be smoking what Chavez was...

Roy (Reno)

So Showtime fires Tarver for testing positive and then features a main event with a fighter who tested positive for THIS fight??????

Dan Rafael
  (12:50 PM)

Factually speaking, yes.

dan (philly)

I heard Barclays or GBP (not sure who would be responsible for this) have been giving out tickets over the city because it hasnt been selling out. Something like first 250 people from Brooklyn who go to the stadium get 4 free tickets

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

The promotion you mentioned -- the 4 free tix -- is the Barclays Center. Their CEO has a foundation and that foundation is giving away 1,000 tix to folks who live in Brooklyn.

Peter (NYC)

What do you think about a fight between Will Rosinsky vs Don George, 2 relatively young entertaining fighters, both at a cross road having lost 2 in a row

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

Not a bad matchup actually. That would be a good ESPN2 main event.

brian (ca)

Your thoughts about Holyfield's supposed retirement?

Dan Rafael
  (12:52 PM)

He's not retiring.

clay (chattanooga)

also...LOVE the Bailey comment about Cunningham being the star in his own cartoon. gotta be up there for all time greatest press conference/phone interview comments!!

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

That was a great one.

Jake (Arlington Hts, IL)

Danimal,Any update on Emanuel Steward? The freaks are all thinking about him and wishing for a speedy recovery.

Dan Rafael
  (12:53 PM)

I have no new news.

Keith (Enfield CT)

The stoppage was a good one on Alvarado can we all agree? Referee let him take a few big shots while on the ropes and even though hes on his feet, he was in big danger of getting hurt. If only he took a knee maybe he survives there but thats not in his nature

Dan Rafael
  (12:54 PM)

I have NO issue with the stoppage. His head had been snapped back really badly twice in that sequence. Pat Russell made a good stoppage in my opinion.

Joe (NJ)

Just 20 days away before Helenius has his comeback fight, yet its still TBA. After this tomato can, is there anybody on his teams radar for his next fight. Prior to his injury I liked the direction he was taking with the level of competition.

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

He has an opponent. Check the sked. I forget his name. An undefeated Finnish guy.

The Met (T.O.)

Who is commentating the Showtime fight tomorrow? Is Gus Johnson out, and Mauro Ranallo in on a permanent basis?

Dan Rafael
  (12:55 PM)

Ranallo is calling the fight.

John (Detroit)

Watched the stream of Stevenson - George and thought it was a good fight with a good stream on Wealth TV web site with good announcing. They have some good fights coming to that network

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

I watched the Canadian version of the fight and it was a good fight. I agree WealthTV has picked up some good fights. I just wish the channel was more widely available.

Ethan (NYC)

Dan, any news on James Kirkland? Do you think he can still fight for Golden Boy?

Dan Rafael
  (12:56 PM)

Last I heard James was studying hard at the Winky Wright School of Boxing Business.

Karl (NY)

130, 115 and 105 are worse than heavyweight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

Yes.

Fred (CT)

Just curious, is the Barclays Center in a relatively safe area? Looking at the map, it seems to be pretty close to Bedford-Stuyvesant. Are you taking the subway there?

Dan Rafael
  (12:57 PM)

I dont know. I'll probably take a cab from my hotel to the arena.

Aaron (Hartford)

K-9 calling Canelo Woody Woodpecker made me chuckle....

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

Me too. The quote is in this story: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8517900/junior-middleweight-titleholder-cornelius-bundrage-leaves-don-king-signs-golden-boy

Geoff (Mentone)

Where do you rank Archie Moore in history as a light heavyweight and pound for pound?

Dan Rafael
  (12:58 PM)

Archie is an all-time great and should rank in anyone's top 5 p4p.

David (Bethel, CT)

Dan speaking of Holyfield's "retirement". Did he think that threatening to retire would make the Klitschko's nervous that they might lost out on that massive payday! LOL!

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

I dont think they cared.

Jose Benavidez Jr. (Arizona)

Wait, so I should keep my gloves up even in the last round of a fight?

Dan Rafael
  (12:59 PM)

Correct. He really was in trouble last week in the 8th round.

Mike (Diamond Bar)

Dan the man. I dont understand why nonito doesnt move up to 126. Im beginning to get tired of these "omar navarez" type fights.

Dan Rafael
  (1:00 PM)

First of all, he has been at 122 for less than a year. Second, his weight class has good opponents in it. Nishioka was no joke at all. He fought a bad fight but going in most everyone thought he'd be competitive. He's a very good fighter even if you were not familiar with him. It's not like there is such great opponents at 126 either.

Cory (Albany, NY)

DTM, What's lower the Yankee's team batting average or Erik Morales' testosterone level?

Dan Rafael
  (1:01 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

Jake (Arlington Hts, IL)

What chances do you give Wach?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

Very, very little. He is just way too slow.

dave (ri)

Dan, is kiss, really Kiss, without Peter and Ace?

Dan Rafael
  (1:02 PM)

100 percent. Tommy and Eric are great too.

Omar (Brooklyn)

Tell Fred Barclays area is fine and steps from a zillionm subway lines

C. Butler (Los Angeles)

I am familiar with Pat Russell, but I can't remember if it is for good or bad officiating? Has he blown a call recently?

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

Pat has been a top referee for years and done many, many fights. As far as I can recall, he is generally very good. The one call he made that was bad that was in a major fight was ruling the first Hopkins-Dawson fight a TKO win for Dawson after the injury. But to Pat's credit, when he was at the protest hearing he admitted he made the wrong call after seeing the video and the fight was ruled a no decision. As far as I am concerned he is consistently one of the best referees in the country.

Jonathan (Atlanta)

Dan, have you see ESPN's 30 for 30 called "Broke". Shows how athletes lose all their money. Mentions Tyson and Holyfield you wanted TWO bowling alleys INSIDE his mansion.!!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:05 PM)

Yes, I saw and it should be mandatory viewing for every young pro athlete, especially fighters.

ed (butler,pa.)

whats up with the love child.

Dan Rafael
  (1:06 PM)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child. Nada.

Artur (Warsawa)

Hey buddy, why you hate Wach? Wach is training hard and looking ripped! Why you not give some credit to Mariusz? You'll look funny when he knocks Wladimir cold!

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

Where did I say I "hate" Wach? I said he is very slow and I think Klitschko beats him.

Vic G (San Antonio, TX)

Hey Dan, what do u think about the Maidana vs Aydin match up being talked about for early 2013?

Dan Rafael
  (1:08 PM)

Good action fight if it is made.

John (Queens)

Going tomorrow night. Is the schedule going to be Jacobs in the 7:15 range and then Alexander kicking off the main card after 8?

Dan Rafael
  (1:09 PM)

Jacobs is the 7 pm fight on Showtime Extreme.

Jose (SF, CA)

Must be mid terms at the Winky Wright School of Boxing Business.

Pancho (Los Mochis)

What are you hearing about Omar Henry's opponent for his Showtime debut? Internet rumours say Ishe Smith.

Dan Rafael
  (1:10 PM)

It's not Smith. Check my sked. I forget the name.

C. Butler (Los Angeles)

How did you like the Home Depot Center? I enjoy it there. It reminds me of a slight throwback to the old days of outdoor fights -ala Caeser's - but smaller.

Dan Rafael
  (1:11 PM)

I've been there before and it is a terrific fight venue, especially with a great crowd like there was last week for the HBO card.

Anthony (PA)

Dan, were you surprised that Donaire-Nishioka wasn't more competitive?

Dan Rafael
  (1:12 PM)

Very much so.

John (D.C.)

Rigondeaux is with top rank, Donaire is with top rank. Seriously make that fight happen?

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

I'd like to see it.

Evander Holyfield (ATL)

Hey, I'm retiring...No I'm not....Yes I am...No I'm not

Dan Rafael
  (1:13 PM)

I dont care. I dont care. I dont care.

Jacob (Clovis, CA)

Dan, A-Road is shot, Jeter is aging, Rivera is injured/old, Texeira not clutch . . . etc. Bad time to be a Yanks fan wouldn't you say?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

I'm a Yankees fan for life, good times and bad times. Period.

John (D.C.)

Has Bam Bam entered your p4p thoughts yet?

Dan Rafael
  (1:14 PM)

No.

Dieter (From Sprockets)

Dan, you make the call. ...

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

This is the time in the chat when you Freaks dance!

Brian (Ireland )

Do you think we will see David Price in with a Klitschko before the end of 2013 after the performance on Saturday night against Audley Harrison

Dan Rafael
  (1:15 PM)

I think it's possible.

Edwin (Houston)

Any feedback from PAYING Brooklyn customers over the ticket giveaways for tomorrow nights card?

Dan Rafael
  (1:16 PM)

I got tweets from a couple of them who said they were not happy but in more colorful language.

Wilkie (Toronto)

Who are the top students at the Winky Wright school?

Dan Rafael
  (1:17 PM)

The school has many famed students. Winky, Rahman, Bradley, Shane, Kirkland and many others.

Jon (Da Boogie Down Bronx)

Any word on Carlos "El Indio" Quintana?

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

He's fighting Thurman on HBO on the Guerrero-Berto card next month.

Greg (Canada)

Always funny how fans overreact to the last fight. Before last weekend, Rios was last outboxed by Richard Abril. Let's not get overworked calling him an elite fighter quite yet.

Dan Rafael
  (1:18 PM)

Exactly.

Bubba gage (Ottawa il)

Freak, I love this card tommow night. Which fight of the four are u most interested in seeing?

Dan Rafael
  (1:19 PM)

I guess I am most interested in seeing Bailey-Alexander. But I have some interest in each fight. There is no one great fight but all four are interesting for different reasons.

Juan Manuel Marquez (Mexico City)

My "A" sample is clean all the time, trust me

Frank (PHX)

What I loved most about Rios/Alvarado was there was no major title on the line just 2 guys going all out to win like Gatti/Ward 1

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

Here's my feature on the Bailey-Alexander fight: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8519965/randall-bailey-seeking-one-big-punch-devon-alexander

Angel (Carson City)

Did you see the tape of the Baysangurov v. Konecny fight? Who do you think won?

Dan Rafael
  (1:21 PM)

I watched it on youtube. Baysangurov clearly won.

Floyd Mayweather (Las Vegas)

Like I said before 43 have tried 43 have failed. Dan you are the best Boxing writer

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

Thanks, Floyd.

JJ (Boston)

Is there any chance we get Mayweather/Martinez on May 5th?

Dan Rafael
  (1:23 PM)

I'd say less than zero.

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

Yes.

Evander Holyfield (Atlanta)

Dan, do I make Brett Favre look decisive or what?

Dan Rafael
  (1:24 PM)

LOL!

Bubba Gage (Ottawa il)

Dan, you are the only guy in the world that's been accused of being a Top Rank Homer, A Golden Boy Homer, A Manny Homer and a Floyd Homer. How do u do it? Lmao!!

Dan Rafael
  (1:25 PM)

Dont forget an HBO homer, a Showtime homer, an Epix homer, a Kitschko homer, a DiBella homer and a Gary Shaw homer. Please give me my credit, Freak.

Jeff (Gilbert AZ)

Dan,Was in DC for my first time this week....first the Quiet Car on the MARC was very nice....second my kids and I went to Arlington and found the Brown Bombers gravesite. I was surprised that a number of people were there to see his memorial and had some good conversations with them. DC is a great place.

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

Glad you took in my home area. I have been to Arlington and seen Joe Louis' grave as well. There are a lot of famous people buried there and his gravesite attracts quite a bit of attention. Not like Kennedy, but still a lot of people seek it out when they visit.

Donald (Wisconsin)

I'm getting a little sick over the Rios/Alvarado hype. Very average fight that only seems special because the past few years boxing has been terrible

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

M-O-R-O-N.

Kevin (Grand Rapids, MI)

Has the next cab driver...err, I mean opponent been selected yet for Deontay Wilder's fight on Dec 15th?

Dan Rafael
  (1:27 PM)

Not yet.

ed (butler,pa.)

dan when are you on epix again.

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

Nov. 10 is a split-site doubleheader -- Klitschko-Wach plus the return of Robert Helenius.

bill (carmel, ny)

dan is also accused of being a hater of most if not all of the above.

Dan Rafael
  (1:28 PM)

True.

Frank (PHX)

Dan how is no one knew USADA was testing for the fight tomorrow? I find it weird it wasn't known til Morales failed. If the he would've failded the New York commission drug testing would the fight be automatically be cancelled?

Dan Rafael
  (1:29 PM)

USADA's involvement in the fight was not announced, that's why. The NY commission does not do pre-fight testing.

Wilkie (Toronto)

Is the education system in Wisconsin operational? If so it has failed at least one guy named Donald

Banishment (Hartford)

Donald in Wisconsin, come with me. You will see average fights, starting with a retrospective of John Ruiz's career.

Bill (PA)

Donald from Wisconsin thinks Rachel Cordingly is a 5.

Vic G (San Antonio, TX)

Donald Im from Milwaukee, stop makin us look bad up in here lol

bill (carmel, ny)

i think bing has moved to wisconsin and changed his name to donald

Mark (Chicago, IL)

Wilder's cab driver hasn't been announced yet because he's showing Gary Russell Jr.'s next cab driver how to cover his route. They'll be switching off.

Dan Rafael
  (1:30 PM)

PAY THE MAN, SHIRLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Craig D. (Philly)

what was up with the Latino title Rios & Alvarado fought for? Is that a real title or was it just created for this fight? Is there a WBO Italian title too?

Dan Rafael
  (1:32 PM)

Just one of the many regional belts the organizations have. They dont bother me so much because thety are simply there to help a guy get ranked and keep the money coming in for the organization. But they dont have a real meaning like a world title, or at least like a world title once did.

Kaipo (Hawaii)

Do you give Prince Naseem Hamed a better than 50% chance of being inducted this year into the IBHOF?

Dan Rafael
  (1:33 PM)

I think he has a decent chance this year since the newcomers to the ballot are pretty weak.

Allen (York Pa)

Why has Andre Dirrell's career just stopped??

Dan Rafael
  (1:36 PM)

Who?

Jason (Atlanta)

Donald from Wisconsin's favorite judge must be Gale Van Hoy

Jeff (Gilbert AZ)

The Rios/Alvarado fight got a ton of hype and actually lived up to it. Both fighters were great and even though Alvardo was KO'd his marketability increased. A total win for the fighters and fans.

Dan Rafael
  (1:38 PM)

Agreed. Even in losing Alvarado was elevated.

Rob (Brooklyn)

Dan in your Brooklyn champions article, you forgot Floyd Patterson. Was born in North Carolina, but raised in Brooklyn.

Dan Rafael
  (1:39 PM)

The blog was on Brooklyn BORN champsions and covered only the past 25 years or so.

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

Erik Morales is weighing in right now nude. Makes weight, 139.2 pounds.

Al (Israel)

Is Emanuel Steward going to be in W. Klitschko's corner in his fight against Wach?

Dan Rafael
  (1:41 PM)

No.

Dan Rafael
  (1:42 PM)

Garcia weighs in at 139.8 pounds.

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

Morales and Garcia really in each others faces during the stare down. Obviously, the fight is going on given that the fighters weighed in regardless of the drug test situation.

Dr. Pepper (Brooklyn)

When will the B Sample of this chat be available?

Dan Rafael
  (1:44 PM)

Pay the man, Shirley!

cj (toledo oh)

Whats going on with lamont peterson now?

Dan Rafael
  (1:47 PM)

He has a mandatory due with Judah. Peterson team won the purse bid for $50K -- a very low number. Reamins to be seen when and if it happens.

Mike (DC)

Will Showtime or HBO be doing a January show?

Dan Rafael
  (1:48 PM)

Neither has made any announcements but I would say probably. I know HBO is working on something.

Wilson (DC)

Sorry Dan, I forget, what brought Shane to the Winky School?

Dan Rafael
  (1:50 PM)

Turned down $8 million guarantee (or some number like that) for a third fight with Oscar and instead took a fight for like $2 million against Winky and lost.

Jarrod (Indiana)

Call me crazy but the heavyweight scene is starting to look pretty exciting below the Klitschko's. US has a couple exciting young fighters, the Brits are fun to watch. Should be a load of good matchups.

Dan Rafael
  (1:52 PM)

There are some interesting guys coming up but the problem is they wont fight each other.

Cory (Albany, NY)

Dan, I've just received confirmation that Don Jose Sulaiman will personally guarantee you all the clenbuterol you want, plus autographed copies of the WBC Chapter 11 bankruptcy paperwork if you attend their convention. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal.

Raul (LA)

I think it's ridiculous that they're allowing Morales to fight. USADA is a joke.

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

Unfortunately, we dont yet know all of the details.

Dan Rafael
  (1:53 PM)

OK, Fight Freaks, thanks for chatting today. I gotta pack up for the trip to Brooklyn. Hope you check out all of our coverage and enjoy the big show tomorrow night. Talk to you next week. Peace.