Chris Morgan, the vertically-challenged star of the viral video known as ‘SHORT man ANGRY at Bagel Shop,’ has milked his 15 minutes of fame for everything it’s worth. Now he faces a lawsuit for failing to show up for his celebrity boxing match with minor 1990s’ celebrity, Dustin ‘Screech’ Diamond.
The infamous picture that ends in a lot of pain.
The diminutive 5-foot-tall man now known simply as ‘angry bagel guy’ was caught on video in July this year at a Bagel Boss in Long Island, New York ranting and raving about his height, dating apps and the attitude of women toward him in general.
As soon as the video was uploaded to YouTube, it quickly gained traction and since then has been viewed millions of times all over the world and spawned a host of copycat videos about angry bagel guy and his angry exploits.
Morgan was Scheduled to Fight Dykstra
Two months after his infamous bagel shop meltdown, the 45-year-old Morgan was lined up to fight 56-year-old former Major League Baseball star Lenny Dykstra in a celebrity boxing match described in many corners as ‘the fight nobody asked for or wanted.’
Surprisingly, the bout scheduled for September 28 this year received far more exposure and publicity than it no doubt deserved. In a pre-fight press conference, Dykstra even ripped Morgan’s shirt and reportedly drew blood in the process to the delight of the assembled press.
Perhaps it was the thought of the world’s shortest bagel fan going up against a towering former professional athlete like Dykstra that struck a chord with fans of bullying, the macabre and oddsmakers alike.
However, the hype proved too much for one of the fighters – Dykstra, surprisingly, who pulled out of the fight at the last minute reportedly in order to prepare for an upcoming trial concerning a malpractice suit.
Not one to shun the public eye or the golden spotlight, Angry Bagel Guy, or to be more accurate celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman, managed to stretch out Morgan’s 15 minutes even more by securing another last minute opponent – a solid B-lister.
Samuel ‘Screech’ Powers Replaced Dykstra
Enter Dustin Diamond, the actor most famous for playing super-geek Samuel ‘Screech’ Powers in the US TV shows Saved by the Bell, Good Morning, Miss Bliss, Saved by the Bell: The College Years, and finally Saved by the Bell: The New Class and for releasing his own sex tape entitled ‘Screeched – Saved by the Smell.’
Angry Bagel Guy Replaced by Scott Wolf in Bout
The 42-year-old Diamond agreed to face off with Morgan at the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City on September 28.
But then in a surprise move (especially considering he was reportedly getting fighting tips from UFC veteran and powerhouse Chris Weidman), angry bagel guy went onto social media and unceremoniously pulled out of the fight.
Fortunately, however, boxing / betting fans that were looking forward to the ‘David and Goliath’ showdown were not left entirely disappointed. Using his connections, Feldman managed to find a last minute replacement for angry bagel guy in the form of another B-lister – filmmaker, producer and documentarian, Matt Wolf.
Within 5 seconds of the first round bell, Screech took it to the Wolf and dispatched him with a single knockout blow. It was no fight of the ages and just for the record, Wolf was not saved by the bell.
Morgan Sued for $10,000 by Boxing Promoter Feldman
Which brings us up to date. Not one to have fighters pull out on him at the last minute, fight promoter Feldman is now reportedly suing Morgan for $10,000 after claiming that the fight no show has left him out of pocket to the tune of thousands.
As part of the filed civil suit, the promoter is claiming angry bagel guy not only signed on the dotted line in terms of contract for his celebrity boxing match, but willingly accepted and pocketed appearance fees prior to pulling out of the bout which presumably he has failed to pay back.
Whether this means the world will soon be treated to a new video rant from angry bagel guy about how his stature has unfairly contributed to his being sued is anyone’s guess.
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