It was supposed to be a celebrity boxing match made in heaven. Nails vs. rails. Dude vs. rude. But it's not going to happen.
Former major-league baseball star Lenny Dykstra called off his match against Chris Morgan, which had been scheduled for Saturday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Update 5:25 p.m. Sept. 23: Lenny Dykstra's attorney said Monday his celebrity boxing match with Chris Morgan, also known as the "Bagel Boss Guy," was canceleg so the former major-leaguer can concentrate on a legal malpractice lawsuit he recently filed, NJ.com reported.
The suit was filed against Boucher LLP in Los Angeles and claims negligence and disregard in a lawsuit Dykstra filed alleging he was beaten by sheriff's deputies at the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles,the website reported. Jury selection is set for Oct. 21, and Dysktra's attorney he does not want his client to have any distractions.
"I have discussed with Lenny the grave seriousness that accompanies American civil jury trials," attorney John Pierce wrote in a statement Monday. "He is absolutely dedicated to approaching this trial with the same degree of focus that characterized his legendary career on the baseball diamond."
Original report: In one corner: Former major league baseball player Lenny Dykstra, known as "Nails" and "Dude" during his career for his gritty, tough playing style.
In the other corner: Chris Morgan, infamously known as "Bagel Boss Guy" after he railed against customers in a Long Island bagel shop in July, a profane rant that went viral on Twitter.
The Match We've Been Waiting For -- Lenny Dykstra Signs Deal To Fight Bagel Boss Guy https://t.co/m5ztNZv2f8— TMZ (@TMZ) August 12, 2019
The two men will meet Sept. 7 in a Celebrity Boxing match promoted by Damon Feldman, according to TMZ. The bout will take place at the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Philly Voice reported.
Dykstra, 56, is a three-time All-Star who played in two World Series. He also was accused of using steroids, had several failed businesses and filed for bankruptcy, according to Bleacher Report.
Morgan is the man in a video who cursed and threatened people in a bagel shop, angrily saying he was tired of being considered short by women on dating sites, Philly Voice reported. Morgan eventually was knocked to the ground by, you guessed it, a taller man.
Dykstra gave Morgan some advice on Twitter last month, telling him he sympathized because at 5 feet, 9 inches, he was one of the major leagues' smallest players.
"Remember, little guy, you're selling dreams," Dykstra said. "The promise of money is actually more powerful than the money itself. Just remember those two lines, and lose the anger."
Morgan was already in a promotional mode. "It's on!" he wrote on Instagram. "Buy your tickets now."
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