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  1. Who should Haye fight at heavyweight?

    Dan Rafael

    As we all know by now, cruiserweight champion David Haye of England is heading up to the heavyweight division in the fall, a move that could inject some excitement into a division in desperate need of it. Haye's handlers are in search of the right ...

    Blog | Conversation | June 17, 2008
  2. Which pay-per-view to view?

    Dan Rafael

    We've got ourselves a very nice boxing weekend, don't we? Start off with ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" with former heavyweight titleholder Chris Byrd unveiling his new light heavyweight body as he attempts to reshape his career at 175 pounds against ...

    Blog | Conversation | May 16, 2008
  3. HBO hiding the truth

    Dan Rafael

    In a blog last week, I expressed my aggravation at HBO because it refused to call the Joe Calzaghe-Bernard Hopkins match a light heavyweight championship fight, even though it was for the recognized title, the lineal title, the people's title, the Ri...

    Blog | Conversation | April 24, 2008
  4. Time to wake up, Tarver

    Dan Rafael

    Your weekly random thoughts ... Is anyone else tired of the delusional Antonio Tarver talking as though he is still a force in boxing? At one time, he was the true light heavyweight world champion and one of the very best in the world. He beat Ro...

    Blog | Conversation | April 09, 2008
  5. Cancun's cast of characters

    Dan Rafael

    CANCUN, Mexico -- Sometimes covering boxing is like covering the circus. Coming to a Don King-promoted event in this exotic, sunshine-filled resort city for a heavyweight title fight between a Nigerian (Sam Peter) and a Kazakhstan native (Oleg Maskae...

    Blog | Conversation | March 08, 2008
  6. We want Hopkins-Calzaghe

    Dan Rafael

    We're at that stage where there will be a lot of bluster and talk before an actual deal gets made between light heavyweight champ Bernard Hopkins and super middleweight champ Joe Calzaghe. Both sides have said they want the fight, but neither side h...

    Blog | Conversation | November 15, 2007
  7. Showtime gets it right

    Dan Rafael

    Your weekly random thoughts ... • Anyone who reads my blogs or chat transcripts knows how truly irritated I have been in recent weeks with Showtime for hyping Antonio Tarver, who holds a meaningless title belt, as "light heavyweight c...

    Blog | Conversation | November 06, 2007
  8. What happened to Peter's jaw?

    Dan Rafael

    Your weekly random thoughts... • Since when did heavyweight Samuel Peter develop a glass chin? He was down three times against Jameel McCline, who is not known as a big puncher, and rocked several other times. The way Peter was dipping...

    Blog | Conversation | October 11, 2007
  9. Dawson going with Mustafa

    Dan Rafael

    When light heavyweight titlist Chad Dawson (24-0, 16 KOs) defends his title Sept. 29 (10 p.m. ET/PT, Showtime free preview weekend) against mandatory challenger Adrian Diaconu (24-0, 15 KOs) at Arco Arena in Sacramento, he will have a new face in his...

    Blog | Conversation | September 14, 2007
  10. Stagnant rankings mean calm before the storm

    Dan Rafael

    Consider this the calm before the storm. As boxing's big guns prepare for a rush of major fights at the end of this year, Dan's top 20 pound-for-pound remains mostly the same -- for now.

    Story | Conversation | September 12, 2007
  11. Vazquez creeps into P4P after regaining title in rematch win

    Dan Rafael

    Some things change. After a month title defenses, title losses and more, Dan Rafael's August rankings scrambled up and managed to fit in junior featherweight champion Israel Vazquez. Still somethings stayed the same; Floyd Mayweather Jr. is still the pound-for-pound king.

    Story | Conversation | August 07, 2007
  12. Calzaghe: Hopkins must wait

    Dan Rafael

    After Bernard Hopkins retained the light heavyweight world title against Winky Wright last Saturday night, he called out super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe. Hopkins suggested that Calzaghe leave Wales and come to the United States to challeng...

    Blog | Conversation | July 26, 2007
  13. Taylor, Trinidad weigh in on fight

    Dan Rafael

    LAS VEGAS -- Jermain Taylor and Felix "Tito" Trinidad have each faced Bernard Hopkins and Winky Wright, so their opinions on Saturday night's Hopkins-Wright light heavyweight championship bout must count for something. Taylor won the world middlewei...

    Blog | Conversation | July 20, 2007
  14. Mayweather answers Hatton's call

    Dan Rafael

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. is still number one and is answering Ricky Hatton's call, even though it won't be as competitive a fight with Sugar Shane Mosley would be, writes Dan Rafael in his July rankings.

    Story | Conversation | July 10, 2007
  15. Another batch of random thoughts

    Dan Rafael

    • Wladimir Klitschko might not be recognized as THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD at the moment, but don't you think he's seriously beginning to put some distance between himself and the rest of the division? Right now, he's clearly th...

    Blog | Conversation | July 10, 2007
  16. Some more random thoughts

    Dan Rafael

    • It's going to be tough for former four-time heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield to get that title shot he covets so much before the end of the year because the four titleholders may not have time for him. Oleg Maskaev defends his belt ag...

    Blog | Conversation | July 05, 2007