Today’s BIG3! 4/24

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Samuel Clarkson, a Dallas based Light heavyweight and cruiserweight is suing promoter Greg Cohen owner of Greg Cohen Promotions (GCP). Back in August of 2016 Clarkson signed a co-promotional deal with Cohen, along with another promotional company named Uprising Promotion in 2017, Cohen and Clarkson agreed to a fight with then WBA “Regular” light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol. An agreement that GCP would pay Clarkson $40,000 to fight Bivol on April 14, 2017. Cohen also agreed to pay Uprising $10,000. However, Cohen failed to pay Clarkson and Uprising despite being paid upwards of $90,000 by Showtime for staging the fight. Clarkson suffered two stunning knockouts, first by Bivol in the fourth-round and then by his promoter. Cohen wrote a $30,000 check to Clarkson, that bounced. Clarkson did receive a $10,000 check from Banner Promotions, which signed the required contracts and additional paper requested by the Maryland State Athletic Commission because GCP and Cohen were not licensed by the state

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“Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman are closing in on a deal for a FOX PPV welterweight title bout that’s being pegged for July 20 in Las Vegas There doesn’t appear to be any big hurdles to clear in completing deal. Big-time fight this summer.,” Reports Michael Coppinger on his social media site. “ A Pacquiao-Thurman fight certainly seems possible if not likely. Both fighters hold versions of the WBA title. Pacquiao last fought in January taking a UD over Adrien Broner and Thurman has fought just once in the last two years taking a MD over gatekeeper Josesito Lopez. Neither Pacquiao nor Thurman has fought twice in the same calendar year in several years. So a summer date between the two would reverse that trend. Pacquiao is 40 and Thurman is 30.

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Miami based Cuban heavyweight contender Louis Ortiz has apparently turned down an offer to face unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on June 1st at Madison Square Garden. Countless names have been tossed around as a possible replacement for Jarrell Miller, who has been denied a license to fight by New York State for failing three drug tests for a variety of PED’s. Other names that have been mentioned are Michael Hunter and Andy Ruiz. A Joshua/Ortiz fight would be the most interesting and likely the most competitive. Ortiz fought WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, back in 2017 and was on the brink of scoring a knockout in round seven. Ortiz’s team said they were insulted by a lowball offer by Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “After 5 days of BS we declined all of Hearn’s lowball offers and we are tired of his games. I know the magnitude of this fight. I wasn’t going to let Hearn bully me. Especially when I know they need Luis l. I mean who else could they really have to fight and that the public was willing to pay for?

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