Anthony Dirrell Wants Caleb Plant Next

By: Hans Themistode A showdown between Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant was thought to be next on both men’s radar. With Alvarez holding the WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine super middleweight titles, and with Plant in possession of the IBF belt, the pair sat down at the negotiating table to work out terms on a fight deal. Yet, as the doors closed shut behind them, both 168-pound belt holders emerged from their discussions apoplectic with what took place. According to Plant (21-0, 12 KOs), Alvarez was offered a guarantee of at least $40 million, plus pay-per-view upside, amongst other concessions. The IBF titlist went on to say that although his team bent over backward to placate Alvarez and his requests, their demands were “absurd” and he was forced to leave the negotiating table. Now, with Alvarez vs. Plant reportedly dead, Anthony Dirrell views this as the perfect opportunity to throw his name into the mix. “Hey Caleb, come on man, you didn’t get the Canelo fight, let’s fight,” said Dirrell during an interview live on FS1. Dirrell, 36, is anxious to wrap gold around his waist for a third time. His most recent title reign lasted just over six months before it was truncated at the hands of David Benavidez. The two faced off in September of 2019 at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California. While the opening rounds were closely contested, Benavidez dominated down the stretch, stopping his man in the ninth round. Since then, Dirrell (33-2-2, 24 KOs) has made only one appearance in the ring which took place earlier this year. The former two-time 168-pound titlist locked horns against 160-pound fringe contender Kyrone Davis. Despite being a heavy favorite, Dirrell struggled throughout and was forced to settle for a split decision draw. Although Dirrell’s last victory came two years ago against Avni Yildirim, that hasn't stopped the Flint Michigan native from chasing a title shot against Plant. The Nashville, Tennessee product has yet to reveal his future plans but did reiterate that he would like to return to the ring before the year comes to a close. Plant recently defended his IBF crown for a third time earlier this year in January. The 28-year-old made it look incredibly easy against former titlist, Caleb Truax, as he danced his way to a unanimous decision victory, winning every round on all three judges' scorecards. The post Anthony Dirrell Wants Caleb Plant Next appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Anthony Dirrell Wants Caleb Plant Next

By: Hans Themistode

A showdown between Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant was thought to be next on both men’s radar. With Alvarez holding the WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine super middleweight titles, and with Plant in possession of the IBF belt, the pair sat down at the negotiating table to work out terms on a fight deal.

Yet, as the doors closed shut behind them, both 168-pound belt holders emerged from their discussions apoplectic with what took place. According to Plant (21-0, 12 KOs), Alvarez was offered a guarantee of at least $40 million, plus pay-per-view upside, amongst other concessions. The IBF titlist went on to say that although his team bent over backward to placate Alvarez and his requests, their demands were “absurd” and he was forced to leave the negotiating table.

Now, with Alvarez vs. Plant reportedly dead, Anthony Dirrell views this as the perfect opportunity to throw his name into the mix.

“Hey Caleb, come on man, you didn’t get the Canelo fight, let’s fight,” said Dirrell during an interview live on FS1.

Dirrell, 36, is anxious to wrap gold around his waist for a third time. His most recent title reign lasted just over six months before it was truncated at the hands of David Benavidez. The two faced off in September of 2019 at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California. While the opening rounds were closely contested, Benavidez dominated down the stretch, stopping his man in the ninth round.

Since then, Dirrell (33-2-2, 24 KOs) has made only one appearance in the ring which took place earlier this year. The former two-time 168-pound titlist locked horns against 160-pound fringe contender Kyrone Davis. Despite being a heavy favorite, Dirrell struggled throughout and was forced to settle for a split decision draw.

Although Dirrell’s last victory came two years ago against Avni Yildirim, that hasn't stopped the Flint Michigan native from chasing a title shot against Plant.

The Nashville, Tennessee product has yet to reveal his future plans but did reiterate that he would like to return to the ring before the year comes to a close. Plant recently defended his IBF crown for a third time earlier this year in January. The 28-year-old made it look incredibly easy against former titlist, Caleb Truax, as he danced his way to a unanimous decision victory, winning every round on all three judges' scorecards.

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Paradigm Sports Management Files Injunction To Halt Pacquiao-Spence Fight

By: Sean Crose "PSM (Paradigm Sports Management) never intended to arrange a bout between Pacquiao and McGregor." So reads a Manny Pacquiao complaint that was submitted to the state court of California on Friday. "PSM never secured any of the many endorsement deals it claimed were ‘lined up,'" the complaint - obtained by Yahoo - continues. "And PSM never intended to advance the full USD $4 million to Pacquiao." This all has to do, of course, with a legal battle between the legendary fighter and Paradigm. Pacquiao teamed with the sports management company last autumn. “Verified,” Pacquiao wrote on Instagram at the time. “Excited to have officially partnered with @paradigmsports. Grateful for the support of my family, team, and fans as I continue my professional boxing journey. Big things coming! Stay tuned!” T Matters have clearly fallen apart since then. There were whispers at the time that Pacquiao was getting himself one step closer to facing Conor McGregor in the ring by signing with Paradigm, who represents the UFC Star. According to Friday's complaint, Pacquiao believed as much himself (McGregor has openly spoken to the media of his desire to box Pacquiao). Ultimately, however, it appears Paradigm wanted Pacquiao to face Mikey Garcia. Pacquiao, meanwhile, signed to fight Errol Spence in a hugely anticipated welterweight title matchup set to go down in late August. Paradigm then went ahead and sued Pacqiuao. And now Pacquiao has responded with a cross complaint. According to Yahoo, Paradigm alleges Pacquiao has already received a large sum of money from the company, and hasn't planned on returning it, despite the fact that he's now fighting Spence. Paradigm attorney Judd Burstein told Yahoo that Pacquiao "has $3.3 million and he thinks he’s entitled to keep it. It’s outrageous. He screwed us up completely with these financiers. But after all of that, he kept changing his mind and then he wanted $5 million regardless if he ever fought.” Pacquiao argues that he's not gotten as much money as expected. It appears the matter ultimately comes down to whether or not Paradigm had truly convinced Pacquiao they would arrange a fight with McGregor. Since Pacquiao's signing with Paradign, McGregor has lost two in a row in the octagon to Dustin Poirier. “Pacquiao’s primary motivation for signing with PSM was their purported ability to set a very lucrative ‘mega-fight’ between Pacquiao and PSM’s star client, McGregor,” Pacquiao's complaint reads. “But McGregor’s obligations to fight Poirier twice before ever getting a chance to fight Pacquiao would have made the arrangement far too risky for Pacquiao to agree to." Things such as this are never good news for fight fans, though matters may be worse than imagined. World Boxing News is reporting that Paradigm has filed an injunction to keep the Spence-Pacquiao bout from happening. The post Paradigm Sports Management Files Injunction To Halt Pacquiao-Spence Fight appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Paradigm Sports Management Files Injunction To Halt Pacquiao-Spence Fight

By: Sean Crose

"PSM (Paradigm Sports Management) never intended to arrange a bout between Pacquiao and McGregor." So reads a Manny Pacquiao complaint that was submitted to the state court of California on Friday. "PSM never secured any of the many endorsement deals it claimed were ‘lined up,'" the complaint - obtained by Yahoo - continues. "And PSM never intended to advance the full USD $4 million to Pacquiao."

This all has to do, of course, with a legal battle between the legendary fighter and Paradigm. Pacquiao teamed with the sports management company last autumn. “Verified,” Pacquiao wrote on Instagram at the time. “Excited to have officially partnered with @paradigmsports. Grateful for the support of my family, team, and fans as I continue my professional boxing journey. Big things coming! Stay tuned!”

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Matters have clearly fallen apart since then. There were whispers at the time that Pacquiao was getting himself one step closer to facing Conor McGregor in the ring by signing with Paradigm, who represents the UFC Star. According to Friday's complaint, Pacquiao believed as much himself (McGregor has openly spoken to the media of his desire to box Pacquiao). Ultimately, however, it appears Paradigm wanted Pacquiao to face Mikey Garcia.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, signed to fight Errol Spence in a hugely anticipated welterweight title matchup set to go down in late August. Paradigm then went ahead and sued Pacqiuao. And now Pacquiao has responded with a cross complaint. According to Yahoo, Paradigm alleges Pacquiao has already received a large sum of money from the company, and hasn't planned on returning it, despite the fact that he's now fighting Spence.

Paradigm attorney Judd Burstein told Yahoo that Pacquiao "has $3.3 million and he thinks he’s entitled to keep it. It’s outrageous. He screwed us up completely with these financiers. But after all of that, he kept changing his mind and then he wanted $5 million regardless if he ever fought.” Pacquiao argues that he's not gotten as much money as expected.

It appears the matter ultimately comes down to whether or not Paradigm had truly convinced Pacquiao they would arrange a fight with McGregor. Since Pacquiao's signing with Paradign, McGregor has lost two in a row in the octagon to Dustin Poirier. “Pacquiao’s primary motivation for signing with PSM was their purported ability to set a very lucrative ‘mega-fight’ between Pacquiao and PSM’s star client, McGregor,” Pacquiao's complaint reads. “But McGregor’s obligations to fight Poirier twice before ever getting a chance to fight Pacquiao would have made the arrangement far too risky for Pacquiao to agree to."

Things such as this are never good news for fight fans, though matters may be worse than imagined. World Boxing News is reporting that Paradigm has filed an injunction to keep the Spence-Pacquiao bout from happening.

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