Report: Veteran boxing writer Dan Rafael released by ESPN after 15 years

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Veteran boxing reporter Dan Rafael has been released by ESPN from his long-term position, according to internet videographer Elie Seckbach.

Firstly, ESNews announced on Easter Sunday, sparking a wave of social media speculation as to why ESPN didn’t renew his contract.

Rafael, 49, had joined ESPN in 2005 after being head-hunted by the outlet.

Eight years later, Rafael received the Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism from the Boxing Writers Association of America.

In 2016, ESPN renewed his contract for another four years. Now, Seckbach states Rafael is no longer with the top sports company.

Rumors have circulated that Top Rank’s involvement with ESPN may have been a factor, although WBN must stress this is not confirmed.

Top Rank has a long-standing shaky relationship with Rafael.

It’s almost certain Rafael will find a new home in the sport as one of the most recognizable faces on media row. This parting of ways has rocked the boxing world in the midst of the coronavirus lockdown.

The pandemic has seen the amount of big news slowing, giving Rafael’s plight more significance during the quarantine.

WBN would like to wish Dan well.

Furthermore, WBN has reached out to ESPN for official comment.

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