Greetings Fight Freaks and welcome to the Friday chat. FNF is on tonight along with Bryant Jennings and Sergey Kovalev in action on 'Fight Night' tonight with the Mikey Garcia-Juanma Lopez featherweight title fight on HBO tomorrow, so we've got a nice weekend coming. Check out all the blogs and stories from the week, the updated schedule and rankings and let's get to it.
I have been hearing reports thay the Hopkins-Murat fight is cancelled due to visa problems for Murat. Is this true and if so, where does that leave Hopkins as far as his next fight?
Yes, that is true and I have written a story on it. Since Golden Boy says it'll be at least 6 months until Murat can iron the whole thing out they are weighing their options but I would very much doubt BHop will ever face Murat. I think the IBF will allow him an exception and we'll see BHop fight somebody else. Who? I don't know.
Dan. What's next for Provodnikov? It seems he deserves a decent fight doesn't it?
He has nothing lined up at the moment but has been mentioned as a possible October opponent for Mike Alvarado, which would be a great fight.
In his statement Angulo never said he quit (when he actually did), is this a marketing strategy to keep selling himself as a tough guy?
No idea but just because he says he didn't quit does not make it true. For the entire history of boxing if you turn your back on your opponent and literally walk away -- no matter what the reason -- that is taken by the referee as you are quitting and that is what he did. I'm not knocking him for the decision, because he had to do what he had to do, but he did quit.
By the way, sad news yesterday that trainer Rudy Perez died. He trained Marco Antonio Barrera for almost his entire career as well as a ton of other guys, including Israel Vazquez for the three of the four fights with Marquez. Here is the obit I wrote last night: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9385757/boxing-trainer-rudy-perez-dies
Dan,Do you think Hopkins -Kovalev is possible for Bhop's next fight?
Any plans on watching the Tapia documentary that 50 cent invested in?
I do plan to watch it and I am expecting to receive a screener of it in the next few days. 50 Cent and Lou DiBella bought the rights to it.
Dan, Max Kellerman had a pretty good boxing conversation on his ESPN LA radio show yesterday. He mentioned that Roy Jones was the most "goodest" fighter he had ever seen. Who would that be for you?
I dont know what that means.
What are your thoughts on the Tyson Fury vs. David Haye possible fight?
Will get all the UK fans really pumped. Solid fight between two contenders who talk their heads off. Boxing needs more fights like that. That said, I think if Haye is right, he decapitates Fury. I'm no big Haye fan, as I'm sure you all know, but I respect his talent and he is WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY better than Fury.
Any news on rigondeaux ? Thanks .
Nope. Top Rank and HBO are talking about something in the fall.
Dan the man! The Floyd Canelo will be coming to Grand Rapids michigan and is open to the public. Would it be worth it for me to go? Would I possibly get an autograph and be somewhat close to the fighters?
That is one of the tour stops. If you've never been to one of those pep rallies/press conference/promotional hype events you will enjoy. There's a chance maybe for a photo or autograph but dont count on it. Go and enjoy and if you get one consider it a bonus because everyone else who goes has the same thing in mind. And while I have seen fighters sign very, very liberally at these events and pose for a million photos they simply cannot do all of them.
Was Lopez-Maidana stopped too early in your opinion?
Not one iota.
Hi Dan, do you think taking on the Mikey Garcia fight was a big mistake by juanma? And do you think Mikey will win by knockout?
Why would it be a mistake? Not at all. I do think Mikey will win by knockout.
I believe Max was referring to him being the most talented fighter he had ever seen.
Well then in my book I would agree with Max. In terms of pure, overwhelming talent that would just make you jump out of your seat like you cannot believe the total package of speed and power you were seeing, Roy is it for me too in terms of guys I've covered. In his prime, Roy was ridiculous. A lot of people forget that because he is so far beyond his prime now that it is sad. But in his day, he was untouchable.
If Cunningham and Pajkic can send Fury down with overhand rights that got through, Haye is gonna put him to sleep.
Do you think the Lopez win puts Maidana near the front of the line for a Mayweather fight?
Can, what's next for Stevenson? Call me crazy but I'd love to see GGG take him on at 168 if Stevenson could still make the weight.
That wont happen and makes no sense for GGG. One fight that is being mentioned by HBO as something that it would be interested in is Stevenson in a defense against Tavoris Cloud, a solid former titleholder with a pleasing style whose only loss was when he was outboxed by BHop in March.
Who would you like to see Gabe Rosado fight next?
Dont really care. Somebody solid at 154 or 160 but I have to real preference. One thing I am not interested in is a rematch with J'Leon Love.
Dano what are your picks for tonight (ESPN & NBC) and weekend?
I don't see any upsets. On ESPN, I have no opinion as I am not familiar enough with the bantamweights in the main event. On NBC, Jennings and Kovalev. On HBO, Garcia and Crawford. I think they all go to form. There is not one 50-50 fight among them.
Whats up Dan,Has cotto picked some one yet, I hope it not K9
No, nothing set at all. K9 has just been a bad rumor because of the hideous schedule on boxrec, which just seems to list anything that is rumored. Now at the end of the could it be K9? I suppose, yes, but it is NOT the opponent at this point.
Dan now that the Epix Sports direcor have resigned do you expect epix to continue showing boxing or are changes coming?
Travis Pomposello did resign this week and I was disappointed to hear it. I worked for him on all of the Epix shows I have done and you couldn't ask for a better exec producer. Just a great guy. That said, his resignation doesn't have anything to do the direction of Epix boxing. He did a lot more than just boxing at the network anyway. As it stands now, Epix has no boxing scheduled so far this summer, which has nothing to do with Travis' decision. I am hopeful that we'll have some cards in the fall but I don't know. Those decisions are above my pay grade.
2 question DTM, do you think Dawson should consider retiring, his motivation for the sport has always been low IMO. And also do you think it would benefit Josesito to go back to 140?
I dont think Dawson has to retire. I mean that is his call. Do I think he'll be back at the top of the 175 division? Doesn't seem like it. He does not seem to have the passion for the sport besides that. As for Lopez, 140 or 147, both divisions are loaded and tough so I dont think it makes a difference. His loss to Maidana was to a guy who had also been a longtime 140, so he is still fighting guys his size. When he beat Ortiz, that's another guy who had been at 140 for a long time. So I dont think it makes a difference.
Dan your thoughts Lou Savarese making his MMA debut next week?
I find this piece of dust floating in the air near the window in my office, which caught the light of a sunbeam, to be far more interesting and important.
Here's my story on BHop-Murat being called off: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9386800/bernard-hopkins-fight-vs-karo-murat-called-due-german-visa-issues
What do you think of Hopkins-Dawson III? Or Pascal-Hopkins III?Dawson before his fight with Stevenson stated he wanted it, I think it'll be a boring fight for most but pure boxing fans would enjoy.
I have zero interest in either of them and I dont know many who would disagree.
Come on Dan, you think Adonis Stevenson has more P4P KO power than Lucas Mathyesse?
For one punch, definitely.
Seemed to go all down hill after Bad Chad dropped the late great Emanuel Steward.
Actually, that pairing never worked from day 1. They just did not mesh well.
Hey Dan. Please settle an argument. Prime Pavlik vs. Prime Froch.
Do you think Wladamir/Povetkin is even goign to be a good fight. Povetkin had a lot of trouble with Huck who was a blown up Cruiserweight during the fight. I feel like they are trying to hype this fight, but it will just be another dud. Your thoughts?
I think Klitschko beats him pretty easily. It's probably but the best heavyweight title fight Wlad could make but that is not saying much.
Count me as someone who would LOVE to see Maidana vs Broner (yes I think his fight with Paulie is a foregone conclusion.) Broner can be hit and Maidana can take a punch.
If Broner wins, sign me up.
Is a Ward-Stevenson match at 168 at all possible in the future?
I'd say it's possible. But why would Stevenson go back down when he just won THE title at 175. I dont think his people will be in a rush to match him with Ward anway and if they did they'd want Ward to come up to 175 I'd imagine, and go to Montreal, where Stevenson is a growing draw.
Dan any news on Austin Trout?
I asked Austin the other day what was up and he told me hoped he might get a slot on the Mayweather-Canelo PPV but nothing is set as far as his next fight will be or against whom.
Went to the Lopez-Maidana fight this past weekend, one of the best atmospheres at stubhub (formerly home depot) center tennis court ive ever seen.
Cool. Looked and sounded great on TV. I've been to fights there. Great venue.
Do you think Sergio Martinez owns a tanning bed?
These are my readers. (To answer: No.)
How amazing would Stevenson/Kovalev be? Can't think of many better fights at 175 than that!
Agreed. I think there's a chance it could happen in the future. HBO is already talking about it internally. That is the kind of fight that truly does need to marinate, albeit briefly. It's the kind of fight you make after you put them together on a doubleheader in Montreal.
I think Dawson was paid by Warner Bros. to get dropped by that punch just to hype (Superman) Stevenson to get some publicity for Man of Steel, which premiered last night.
Hey Dan did GBP secure a venue for Matthysse v Garcia yet?
Not yet to my knowledge. That is one of the things Richard Schaefer has been working on.
serious question: why is it illegal in boxing to hit a guy in the back of the head?
Same reason you cant hit him in the balls. It's against the rules (and very dangerous).
Do you think Beibut Shumenov would be a good fill in for the cancelled Murat and Hopkins fight? It seems like Shumenov just fell off the radar!
I mean I guess but guys with world titles who havent fought for a year dont take fights like that on a month's notice. Pipe dream.
So which bum is Deontay Wilder going to face next?
Are you available?
Hello Dan, any interest in Lara vs Trout?
No. I think that both are excellent fighters and solid top 10 contenders but their styles do not mesh well in my view and it would not be a crowd pleasing fight. There are better fights for both guys.
D$-do you have an entourage or any yes-men? If not, can I be your Boudini Brown?
I have no entourage, unless you count my two cats, who follow me when I go upstairs in my house to go to bed.
Dan, Is the piece of dust more or less interesting than Audley Harrison's latest comeback?
With Bhop's fight now cancelled. Any chance of a fight with Ward??
Has nothing to do with it because there wasnt going to be a BHop-Ward fight in the first place.
What are your thoughts on the upcoming Seth Mitchell vs. Jonathan Banks rematch? If Banks wins, do you see this as the end for Seth Mitchell?
I dont see it as the "end" but I see it as a massive setback that would knock Mitchell off major TV fights. He'd have to fight regularly and beat some guys. Let's be honest -- as good of a prospect as he has been and as exciting as his fights have been and as a good of a guy as he is, he still has never beaten anyone very good.
what's your impression of Adonis Stevenson chances against top young contenders? Think we'll see him in competitive fights on HBO? Or will he be content to face softer competition in front of big crowds at home?
Anyone with his power can win on any given night against anyone.
Dan you mention a while back the possibility of a Rocky martinez vs Orlando Salido fight is there a chance that fight still get made?
At this point it could go either way I think.
Dan, why no love to lopez-salido match ups on your puerto rico vs mexico rivalry. Those were 2 drama filled fights.
I was assigned to write a piece on the rivalry and picked the fight that I covered that was the biggest one to me and that was Cotto-Margarito bouts. But Salido-Lopez bouts were terrific and were covered in Nigel Collins' top 10.
is the rumor true that mike Alvarado's next opponent is going to be Zab Judah
His name has been mentioned but his name is one of many. Not sure what is up with that because Richard Schaefer claims to have options on Judah. So who knows?
Any news on Antonio Margarito? Thanks, Dan.
Still retired. Still cheated.
Ive heard wilder is facing the piece of dust.
That piece of dust is very elusive.
Hey D$, happy father's day first and foremost!!!! Please help me settle something between a friend and I. My friend shares alot of the same views of the Facebook and twitter idiots out there that Broner ducked the entire 140 division when NONE of the top guys (Mattysse, Garcia, Judah, Peterson) were available, Khan fought at a catchweight and Rios and Alvarado fight for TR. If anyone is ducking anyone is Garcia ducking Mattysse. Your thoughts please sir.
I agree that Broner had no real options at 140 at the time he decided to go to 147 for Malignaggi. As for Garcia, I dont believe he is ducking Matthysse. They're trying to get the deal done. Now if he winds up not taking the fight for a legit deal I might change my mind. But he is not ducking Matthysse at this point.
Dan, is it fair to say that Calzaghe's unwillingness to fight in the US earlier in his career puts question on how great he really was?
No, not at all. One thing is you have to remember it wasn't necessarily Joe's choice. His promoter, Frank Warren, had the say over where the fights were and Joe was doing quite well in the UK with no big deal fights over here anyway.
Dan I've always wanted to get one of these, any updates on the Love Child?
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the Love Child.
Here's my feature on Saturday's Mikey Garcia-Juanma Lopez showdown: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9386107/juanma-lopez-hoping-re-launch-career-mikey-garcia
Dan, with Gatti being inducted into the HOF, why in the world hasn't Chico Corrales been inducted yet? Blasphemy!
He hasn't been on the ballot yet.
What do you think of the proposed Erik Morales - Soto matchup? Morales wont take on an easy opponent even for his goodbye fight. Gotta love El Terible.
They'll beat the crap out of each other in a fight neither needs. So action fight but rather pointless at this stage. But it is what it is.
Dan what do you think about Josesito Lopez in a rematch with Victor Ortiz? Could be a good revenge/crossroads fight.
I'd love to see it.
Why are there never big fights in New Orleans? I feel like we got the venue and we got the right city for it. We had Ali vs. Spinks over 30 years ago and that is it. I mean we throw a pretty good Super Bowl party, why not a championship fight??? Why all the hate Dan the Man??
New Orleans is a great city. I think the last major fight there I covered -- in 2001 when prime Roy Jones defended the light heavyweight title vs. top contender Eric Harding.
Did you finish your adonis stevenson vs chad dawson article in record time?
Not sure what you mean but I did write this column after the fight: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9357218/stevenson-hands-mass-destr
Dan: Would boxing ever go back to 15 rounds for title fights? Making true champions again???
That isn't going to happen.
Dan,What do you think of Mosley-Ortiz? I actually like Shane to win that.
I;m not interested in that if it happens.
Victor Ortiz vs The Ghost Guerrero who you got?
That fight interests me way more than a Ortiz-Mosley. I think I'd lean to Guerrero but it would be a damn good fight.
Was Dave Itskowich's departure from GBP a mutual thing?
From what both sides say, yes. The Itsk lives in NY and GB is based in LA, which makes it tough, although he did travel to all of their shows and handle a lot of stuff on the East Coast. He also has a newborn as well. So he'll take some time off and recharge and see what's next. He's worked basically 24/7 for the past six years.
who wins Brandon Rios Vs. Aaron Pryor
Is this even a real question?
Dan: Would a Mosley-Mayoraga fight make sense?
Last I checked, Mosley drilled Mayorga, who is not even fighting anymore. So what is your point? You see the nutty questions I get?
Did you see that text message string b/w Victor Ortiz and the Ghost Guerrero? Not sure if real, but I would definitely watch that fight.
It was real. I spoke to Guerrero's manager about it.
Ahhhhhhhhh, the Freak chat.
Pay the man, Shirley!
miguel vazquez vs yuriorkis gamboa has to be more interesting than the piece of dust, definitely
Doubtful. Is this the dust chat?
What about Guerrero-Broner down the road?
Golden Boy has about 1,000 good fights it can make between 140 and 154 and that's just one of the many.
DAN THE MAN!!! I enjoy reading your stuff, much thanks for the work.... Omar "panterita" Figueroa has an upcoming fight over the summer against an Asian opponent. Does pantera blits the guy inside 4 rounds or is this more of a test? You think he and Juan Diaz gets made?
Thanks. I am not that familiar with Omar's opponent so hard to say but I like Omar a lot. Very fan friendly style and super nice kid. If he does win the fight next month I do think we could see a big Texas showdown with Juan Diaz. How would that not be an exciting fight?
Sign me up for Liev Schreiber narrating the sory about the journey of the dust. Now that'll be interesting! Lol
Hey Dan..Happy 1st fathers day!! Question...have you ever seen a fighter look as stunned as Dawson after the fight? He looked flabbergasted.
Look at Lennox's face after the ref stopped the first fight against McCall.
Are we over blowing the mosley situation he lost to mayweather and pacquiao the top 2 P4P, then he lost to the best prospect in boxing. and recently he just beat Cano.
It's not that Shane lost to those guys it's that he was not competitive AT ALL other than for about 10 seconds against Floyd. And Canelo just beat him pillar to post for 12 rounds AND he looked HORRIBLE in a draw with Mora. He's been on a steep decline for YEARS.
What are your thoughts on Price/Thompson 2? You think the Lennox Lewis' "bed in lockeroom" strategy will help Price?
I think it made for a better blog post than anything we should take too seriously.
"I'll show you fear in a handful of dust." --T.S. Eliot
Nice one. Gotta love a literate Fight Freak.
I feel confident one of the freaks is going to have a Larry Merchant soliloquy on the dust particle very soon. ...
Apparently I've gotten the call to fight Gary Russell, Jr.!
Freaks, what would Larry Merchant say in a pre-fight open about the dust?
You think Areola vs. Wilder would be a good match up?
Since you said GB could make 1000 good 140-154 lb fights. how many good fights can TR do with the 160-175 lb division?
Zero. They dont promote any top guys in those divisions other than Chavez Jr.
The dust in the Rafael office is special, unique. Although there have been pieces of dust in the past and more to come in the future, this piece of dust is one of a kind. This piece of dust will have a chance to be enshrined in the dust Hall of Fame, forever remembered as a legend, much like boxers hope to achieve in the ring.
I love the Fight Freaks.
My advisers told me Gamboa was exciting fighter. What the hell happened?
Exactly. There are some John Ruiz fights more interesting than the recent Gamboa fights.
in the wind
GB putting really good cards on; I really think HBO is doing fine without GB and we're really seeing good fights and new faces. Maybe it's me, but I think the Haymon/GB split from HBO has been good for both sides.
It's not an unreasonable point of view. But I dare say that HBO, if it could, would want to have a lot of those guys back. I dont think anyone at HBO is that jacked up about having Terrence Crawford-Alejandro Sanabria on instead of an Angulo-Lara caliber undercard fight or a Banks-Mitchell rematch on an undercard.
Does Guerrero's father have any other fighters in his boxing stable?
None that I am aware of.
Hey Dan! Frans Botha got drilled, Roy Jones still fighting, and Harrison's making a (yuck) comeback. Any other current over-the-hill boxers who need to retire ASAP?
Holyfield, obv. Toney, obv.
Dan Bryant Jennings isn't he a bit of a hype job. Does he really stand a chance v a top 10 guy ley alone a Klitchko?
He's been hyped, yes, but he has also looked pretty good beating the kind of guys an up and coming heavyweight is supposed to beat. We won't really know until he faces a legit guy. But there are not a lot of interesting up and coming heavys. He is one of them. Whether he can really fight or not, we just dont know yet.
Any thought on Hughie Fury? His first five fights have been impressive
None. His first five fights have come against cans with less of a chance than the piece of dust in my office.
Like I said before... the particle of dust is talented, I take nothing away from it... but I'm God gifted.
Bryant Jennings vs Tomaz Adamek. What do you think?
Good fight, definitely. That's an HBO-worthy kind of heavyweight fight.
I will fight your dust for $2,000,000 and not a penny less!
Dan the Man, I keep asking about Joe Hanks. Why isn't he ever talked about? Isn't he "The Future"?
He's a prospect. An undefeated guy against a slew of nobodies and not a guy who has been on TV. We should have a better idea after he faces Andy Ruiz, which is a big step up fight for both of them.
(To the dust) TAKE THE TEST!!
Who would you like to see Lara fighting next?
Somebody that will come forward and make him fight like Angulo did. I would not be opposed to a rematch with Angulo either.
Pops! There's a particle of dust in my hair.
Who is dust's top opponent in the molecular division?
dan now that hbo latino is showing some undercard fights how about showingh a felix verdejo fight?
I think they're a chance that will happen down the road. Frankly, I'd be surprised if it didn't.
Dan, if Pacquiaou blows Rios away (Hatton style), who do you see as his next opponent?
Whether he does Rios Ricky style or not has not bearing on his next opponent. Obviously, after that he could wind up facing the Bradley-Marquez winner as one possibility. Maybe Alvarado. Top Rank doesn't have that many options.
The dust has a more impressive resume than Deontay Wilder!
With Bute currently out injured, any chance Pascal takes a stay-busy fight before the Bute fight in Dec/Jan?
I thought the Fight Freaks would want to check this out. This is a scale toy replica of the HBO truck! Ken Hershman of HBO showed his sense of humor by including it as one of the baby gifts he sent this week congratulating me on the birth of my son: pic.twitter.com/WU58Y8L0cg
Can't wait for this Saturday Mikey/JuanMan. Biggest fight I've seen live and bringing some hopefully soon-to-be-new fight freaks with me. Question: What are the chances of Salido facing the winner of this one?
Hope you have a good time. Should be a fun fight while it lasts. I very much doubt we will see Salido with the winner regardless of who it is. Mikey already beat him easily in January and Lopez got drilled by him twice and doubtful his team will want a third fight.
Probably will be a little while. He is young and being moved perfectly. But it's a work in progress. Let Top Rank do it's thing. When they think he is ready to step up, he will.
LOL @ Ken Hershman. That actually is funny.
(On the dust particle) He's solid....he a future hall of famer. To get to this position, it's obvious he been doin somethin right
Is HBO going to be doing a 24/7 for JMM/Bradley?
Yes, that is my understanding.
Do you see any progress towards Golden Boy and TR mending fences?
LOL, if anything it's the opposite.
Dan, the dust has finally settled! Thus, NOW is the time in the chat when we DANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dan did you hear riddick Bowe got knocked out in his muai Thai debut today..sad
Here's the Bowe story. So sad. http://espn.go.com/mma/story/_/id/9386875/ex-boxing-champ-riddick-bowe-punished-mma-debut
Dan, Golpe a Golpe is one of the best shows on ESPN Deportes. Why isnt there a clone show on the English ESPN?
I wish I knew.
If he never wins another fight is Sergio Martinez a HOF?
Probably he will be.
That toy truck is pretty pimped, makes me kinda like it now. lol
is golden boy making a mistake by putting canelo against mayweather this early in his career?
When you a have a fight ready to do well in excess of a million buys no. What else are you working toward?
Any talk on what the undercard fights might be for the JMM/Bradley card? Since it's PPV I sure hope they stack it up
So far the only thing on card for sure is Seanie Monaghan, the light heavy Top Rank just signed. But nothing else announced yet. Still a lot of time to get it worked it out.
Wow. Joe Hanks - Andy Ruiz, eh? That's legit. Will that be on TV?
Yes, that will be part of the Macau coverage of the event. It's supposed to be on same day tape on UniMas.
I was just on the Bat Phone with Schaefer.
Nothing new to report but he said he is still working to finalize Garcia-Matthysse. "I have a good track record of getting these big fights done," he said.
On the Floyd-Canelo ticket front he said everything has to be approved by Floyd and Al Haymon but that the the highest ticket is likely to be $2,500 for the really good ringside tickets with not a whole lot of those available and the lowest ticket is probably going to be $350. Prices in between he didn't mention. They are still figuring it out but tix are still supposed to go on sale June 24, the day the media tour kicks off.
Hey DanJust wondering, does that Broner-Mailgnaggi conference call rank on the top 10 most intense calls you have been on?
I've never ranked calls. But that brief outburst in the middle of it was interesting.
You have to admit. Schaefer is earning his money with GoldenBoy.
I would agree with that. Richard is a tireless worker.
He say anything about Cotto?
Is one of your goals to be a broadcaster on Showtime or HBO? I think you would be awesome. You tell it like it is and never suger coat!!!
I wouldn't say it's a "goal" but I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience of calling fights for Epix.
Schaefer should call on the bat phone every Friday at chat time.
Didn't the dust particle lose a close split decision to Sven Ottke in Germany?
Other than Subway commercials, and word on Mike Lee?
He's been out of action in boxing because of persistent migraine headaches that are, from what I am told, not related to boxing.
Dan, will they be showing highlights of the Vanes Martirosyan fight this weekend? What is the plan for him after he wins?
Not sure but the fight and the undercard will be streamed on TR's website.
Imagine if Kellerman did the Broner/Paulie face off. That would have to be better than Wlad/Haye or BHop/Pascal.
Is Rudy Perez a h.o.f trainer? Sad to see him go. I won't forget his 12th round instruction and encouragement to Vazques and his post fight rant...
He probably should be.
How often do you talk to Dana White and he is still a boxing fan?
Dana is a boxing fan for sure. I dont really talk to him, just trade some direct messages with him on twitter from time to time.
Deserved win for Huck last weekend. Any plans for him? Would love to see him vs Guillermo Jones.
Was another good win for Huck. Jones would be good but he is likely to face Firat Arslan in a rematch in October. Their first fight was really outstanding.
Dan is gamboas recent stinker on the Mosley / Mora level?
It was worse.
What's happening with the gary Russell fight on the july 13th show,will it be moved.?
Richard said undercard guys from July 13 -- like Russell and Wilder -- will be moved to other shows.
Hard work! Dedication!
i was impresed with Pedraza will like to see more of him
He did look pretty sharp the other night and I was glad to see HBO Latino put his fight on.
When does Gary Russel step up and fight dust? Too much of a step right now?
Hey Dan, do you give Matt Mackin any hope against the seemingly unstoppable machine that is GGG?
Matt has heart and power and experience. I dont count him out of anything.
Why is Crawford going back to 135? There is no one there! Is that what he wants? easy way to a title? 140 is stacked! He needs to go where the fights r at. IMO
135 is where he is comfortable and it is the right division for him.
How come Jim Lampley's boxing show never have new episodes? Is my TIVO just broken?
There are new ones, but it is not a weekly show. The next one will be June 29 after the GGG-Macklin card live from Foxwoods.
Where does David Lemieux fit into the middleweight mix?
Right now he doesn't. He is facing nobodies and when he has stepped up he has lost. He needs a win or two against a good opponent to prove he IS in the mix.
Any news on Thomas Dulorme and can he get back on track towards title contention after his defeat to Abregu?
He may be on the Aug. 17 HBO card or might be on an August ESPN2 card.
Dan do you think GGG could make 154? and dominate in that division?
He and his team say absolutely yes. I'd favor GGG over anyone in the world at 154 except maybe Floyd.
I am really intrigued about the Grachev-Rodriguez match-up. No chance that gets picked for TV coverage in the US is there? Who do you like in that one?
It is an interesting fight. In fact, I will have a blog on it later today. As far as US TV, none at the moment. The semifinals of the tourney were on an Integrated Sports PPV but the company is not picking up this card.
Dan what do you think of the FNF card 50 Cent is putting on here in Hartford?
Considering it's a holiday weekend, was done basically at the last minute because of a variety of issues with other fights, I think they got a solid main event with Alvarez-Green. And Dib on the undercard is solid, even if he's fighting a shot guy in Oliver.
You think Arum will toke some weed after JuanMa/Garcia this weekend.
Do floating dust particles in my office catch my attention?
What is dust? Is it something fleeting, illuminated only in a shaft of sunlight before disappearing from our sight and mind when the rays are finally extinguished? Or is it something more? The genesis of who we are, what we are made of, what is yet to come?
Have you seen Ricardo Lopez's son fight?
Yes. Looks just like his dad, has the same mannerisms as his dad. But isn't his dad.
DTM-- in your opinion would GGG dominate sergio if they fought at this point in their careers? (they have different promoters right?)
If they fought right now, I'd have to favor GGG for sure. GGG is with K2, Sergio with DiBella.
Which group of boxers are your favorites to make the HOF next year?
Next year will be star-studded. Oscar De La Hoya, Tito Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe are locks in their first year of eligibility.
What is your take on Riddick Bowe getting destroyed in mma debut?
1. Not surprised at all. 2. Was a bad idea to begin with. 3. Absolutely pathetic. 4. Very sad.
Is Jessie Magdalano a legitimate contender?
Not yet but he is one of the elite prospects in boxing. Give him time.
What do you think of adonis stevenson over celebrating right in front of dawson?
I loved the emotion.
Well you see Jim, dust has to move side to side to avoid the big shots, in order to properly dominate his opponent. If your dust, and your against an opponent like a duster, or a Roy Jones, your movement is gonna be key to giving you a shot to win or land a big shot
Pay the man, Shirley!
Showtime's lack of a special with Broner/Paulie is a total fail. We would have done a "Face Off" & "24/7" and draw 2 million viewers for the fight. They got a star with Adrien and don't know it. Enjoy the truck.
I would have loved to see a Face Off type show on Showtime for that fight.
Gennady Golovkin.....what does the third G in GGG stand for?
His middle name, which I do not recall.
Is Garcia vs. Kahn 2 ever going to happen?
Maybe in the future. Khan says he would like to have that fight and I can't imagine why Garcia wouldn't be interested -- he can be well paid to face a guy he already drilled.
Does it matter that Angulo quit? Does it make him less of a fighter in any of your eyes? the man fought a TOUGH fight for 10 rounds. He made a smart decision and because of it he will be healthy enough to fight another day. Thin line between bravery and stupidity
Of course it matters. Do I think less of him, no. But in boxing part of the code of being a fighter is fighting thru hard times. Not everyone can do it. The special ones can. He couldnt. Does that mean I dont want to see him again? Of course not. I want to see him fight every freaking week if he could. But doesnt it make you think that when the it gets tough he might pack it in again? Sure. I'm not knocking that but it is what it is. Some guys would never give up. Just look at Lebedev, for one recent example. His eye was WAY worse than Angulo's and he went out on his shield.
No proof or evidence that Margarito cheated. Get your facts straight. You simply are a hater and the worst Boxing insider on this planet. REAL TALK!!!
My belief is that Margarito cheated. It's my opinion. If you dont like it I couldnt care less.
Dan where were u last week? over the boarder up north or southern Cal?
Home. After the Matthysse-Peterson fight I decided not to travel for a month so I could stay home with the baby. I've got travel coming though.
Weights from Dallas: Lopez was 125.25 but Garcia was 128 on his first try. It is unclear if he is going to try to lose the weight or not. Stay tuned.
DTM - just humor me for a moment if you would. Ignoring all business and economic aspects of boxing, who are 2 fighters that would pose the biggest threat to Mayweather's undefeated record at 147/154? I say Lara and GGG.
GGG yes, definitely a problem. Lara also a good one, but I still think Mayweather would beat him.
Good piece on the Cotto-Margarito fights, I was surprised Nigel Collins didn't include that in his article. Mythic Mex vs PR match, Ricardo Lopez vs. Ivan Calderon at 105, who ya got?
Love Lopez over Calderon. I'm a fan of both but Lopez could box and punch. He would get to Calderon.
According to Top Rank, Mikey Garcia is tyring to lose the weight. He has two hours.
I'm not buying visa issues for the bhop fight being cancelled. smells more like a butt-in-the-seats issue. barcalays is a big venue, lots a seats to fill
You couldn't be more wrong.
One of the great things about your chat is it usually leads to looking up/ rewatching fights on YouTube....
Good to hear.
Is the Garcia/Lopez fight still going to happen? It would seem to me that Lopez would want the paycheck and be happy to be back on HBO.
I'm sure the fight will happen. It will only be a matter of if it's for the title or if Garcia is over.
Do you think Mikey Garcia having to loose 2 pounds after missing weight will effect his performance
No way to know. Some guys can handle it, some guys it really hurts. Mikey is young enough where he should be able to handle it but it is really surprising to see Mikey, known as a dilligent hard worker, to come in so over for his first defense. Really not a good situation.
GGG= Gennady Gennadovich Golovkin. Seriously.
You, that's it.
Comparing Duran quitting to Angulo quitting is disgusting Dan. Duran quit because Leonard was outboxing him. Angulo quit because he was injured. Huge difference. You should be ashamed of yourself. Where my money at Shirley???
I made the comparison in the Monday Scorecard based only the fact that he turned his back and walked away. That is fact.
Is Richard Steele still around boxing at all? What is he up to?
He is retired as a referee but runs a gym in Las Vegas.
Dan, which fight are you looking forward to more: Mayweather/Alvarez or Pacquiao/Rios?
Both of them but more so Mayweather-Canelo.
Shouldn't GBP just make BHop vs Stevenson for Mid July? Stevenson isn't battle damaged from his fight Vs Dawson and BHop is still training? Is this something that Schaefer is looking at ?
They cant snap their fingers and make the fight. Jeeez. Stevenson and his promoter have their own ideas and plans.
Have you noticed that Robert Garcia's fighters cut a LOT of weight?
I was just thinking that. First Rios and now Garcia.
If you're into kilograms, that's 57.045 for Lopez and 58.181 for Garcia.
Thank you to the King Metric System Freak.
By the way one more thing on a Stevenson-Hopkins fight and why it is unlikely -- Hopkins is on Showtime and Stevenson is rolling with HBO.
If you were a cowboy, would you wear a macho vest or a vest with tassels?
These are my readers. (I'd probably go with the macho vest, I dont like tassels.)
o MICKEY,, dan just voiced an opinion on his CHAT! and you here complaning , why bother to read? ,, by the way margarita did cheat real talk!!!
canelo vs GGG at 154. What do you think the outcome would be?
Exciting fight but have to favor GGG.
I thought the extra G in GGG stood for "Good boy".
Pay the man, Shirley! JD a good boy.
how can anyone be considered a world champion when they can't fight someone on a different TV channel? What's next, Network Championships?
What do you think of austin trout vs gabriel rosado?
Mikey gets most of his boxing knowledge from First Take and PTI.
Does Roy Jones still work for HBO or does Andre Ward have that job full time now?
Roy does. He is doing Saturday's card.
First I want to say thanks for anwering my questions! I am big boxing fan and is mostly thanks to you and all your articles. Who do you think is the best Puertorrican boxer in the history of the sport?
PR has produced a lot of great champions. I'd probably rate Wilfredo Gomez or Carlos Ortiz No. 1. Other top guys are Wilfred Beintiez, Tito Trinidad, Cotto, Iron Boy Calderon, Hector Camacho.
Dan - Who had a better fan following during the peak of their career - Trinidad or Hatton?
Hatton. Hands down.
Who is a legitimate opponent for Andre Ward this fall?
I dont know who he is fighting but it would not shock me if Edwin Rodriguez wins his July fight that he could get the call. It's a makeable fight, Rodriguez will be coming off a good victory in the Monaco tourney. Just looking at the landscape it sort of made sense to me.
Thanks for tweeting the HOF video from last weekend. Great Gatti quote mentioned after his stoppage against Gomez when his cut was so deep you could see the bone. Gatti's reply, "They should have let it go since the cut can't go any deaper." Love it!
I think Ward against Quillin would be intriguing at this point. I wouldn't mind seeing Rodriguez though either. That fight makes sense.
Again, it's an HBO-Showtime thing. Therefore, not happening.
D$, had a dream Rios flattened Manny ala Marquez. Possibility in your opinion?
Anything is possible, especially when you are facing a guy who just went to sleep in his last fight.
Mikey Garcia failed to make weight btw.
He has two hours to lose it and Top Rank says he is trying.
If offered, would you take a ride in the HBO truck?
Hey Dan, what do you think of Gatti getting into the HOF ahead of Prince Naseem? IMO Naz has the greater accomplishments in the ring as well as bringing money and attention to the lighter weights like never before.
I've voted for both of them but I am one vote.
Does it bother you that all these guys when asked "who do you want to fight" they all say whoever my manager or whoever wants me to? Fighters are the toughest people there are but none of them can seem to stand up for themselves and fight who they want to fight.
They call a name when it helps them, otherwise they put in their people. It's a game they play.
Gatti had more longetivity and 4 FOTYs. He gets the nod over Prince.
Hamed was more dominant against better opponents and has more talent. The point is they both deserve it.
Why do people have a problem with Stevenson's celebration? A. He just won THE world title, something fighters work entire lives for B. Dawson talked mad smack, so who cares what he thought (maybe he should "google" the term "eat crow" and C. Adonis always celebrates like a Brett Favre-type youthful emotion!
I agree. The pure emotion of sports is something that makes me a fan and that was as good as it gets. I also like TD celebrations and walk off homer celebrations. Sue me.
If Gatti didnt pass away he would not even be considered for the HOF REAL TALK!!!
Wow! I left to go to a meeting an hour ago and you're still going strong!
How dare you challenge me with your primitive skills.
I just found 150,000 pieces of dust that ordered Mayweather-Guerrero. We have hit 1 million!
Pay the man, Shirley!
Hamed's peak was superior to Gatti's, agreed. Both are deserving. Two of the Best Ever when it comes to the Entertainment aspect of the business.
Dan, I came across the blog you did a few years ago about the attendance of Pacquiao-Margarito and how it exceeded 40,000+. Im just wondering, why does Maywaether always fight at the MGM Grand in front of about 17,000. Wouldnt he make A LOT more money fighting somewhere like the Cowboys Stadium?
Those 17k at MGM generate a gate of around $10M. Pacquiao's 40,000-plus in Dallas did a gate of about $6M. Math.
Dan you managed to find the one person on earth who doesn't consider Margarito is a cheater, bravo!
Quote : solid main event with Alvarez-Green .... Daniel , are you saying Allan Green ( the same Allan Green from the Super 6 ?) is a Solid MAIN EVENT ? You are definelty drinking the Sprite my friend !
On a 2 weeks' notice on a holiday weekend and Green is the B-side against a good prospect? Yes, that's what I am saying.
Think Mikey loses the two pounds?
Doubtful. Very doubtful.
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