Updated: Mar 16, 2016
American boxer Shannon Briggs (59-6-1, 52 KOs) has hit the streets of London in his quest to find and challenge Britain’s elite heavyweight boxers.
The last time we saw Briggs launch a campaign to secure a top-level fight was when he was pursing a fight against Wladimir Klitschko, up until his lost his titles to Tyson Fury, one of the few fighters Shannon Briggs is now targeting.
Briggs, 44, is renowned for his gate-crashing antics against numerous fighters in the past, none more so than Wladimir Klitschko in recent times, and is now focusing his attention on securing a UK-based opponent this year.
The former WBO heavyweight champion intends to locate and challenge David Haye, Tyson Fury, and Anthony Joshua.
David Haye has a fight scheduled for May 21, but an opponent has yet to announced and Briggs may try to position himself in place to face Haye, another former heavyweight champion.
The 44-year-old who once beat the past his best great George Foreman and also gave Lennox Lewis a stern test.
He has made it no secret that he wants a big fight with Britain’s David Haye.
‘The Cannon’ who is renowned for his gate-crashing antics has been walking the streets of London hoping to find the Bermondsey fighter.
Since returning from a four-year hiatus in April 2014, Briggs has tried and failed to secure a big fight against any top 10 ranked opponent. Shannon Briggs might have won his last eight fights, all but one of them by KO, but all of his opponents wasn’t ranked.
Shannon Briggs last fight was back in Sept 2015 against Michael Marrone. He has been inactive since and he needs to fight soon. He has been out of the ring for quite a while and the American will be hoping that he can get a big money fight against one of the big three British heavyweights.
“I’ve come to take over, to meet the people, to get out there and shake hands, kiss babies, walk old ladies across the street,” Briggs told Sky Sports.
Asked about a clash with Haye, he said: “I’m looking for him right now, I’ve been everywhere. I’ve been everywhere looking for him.
But the New Yorker has also called out for fights with WBO and WBA ‘super’ champion Fury and world title challenger Joshua.
“I’m looking for you. I’m looking for Fury, I’m looking for Joshua, I’m looking for everybody. I’m a butcher champ, I don’t care what I eat, I don’t care what I cut, I just want to get cutting.
“Anybody in Britain, the big fights. I’m here for the big fights. I don’t care about the little fights any more”
The 44-year-old has no plans to return to American anytime soon, he wants to take on all comers that the UK has to offer.
“Whoever the British people want me to fight. The people of the United Kingdom, whoever they want me to fight. Fury, Joshua, Haye, those are the big names, I’m here for the big boys.
“I bought a one-way ticket, I’m not leaving. I might just stay here for a couple of years and just knock out people.”
Anthony Joshua faces Charles Martin at the O2 on April 9th for the IBF heavyweight title, so any plans to face him will have to be put on hold until after that bout.
Shannon Briggs believes his fellow American will provide a stern test for the unbeaten 26-year-old Londoner.
“He’s kind of young, a little green, but that should be a tough fight against Martin,” said Briggs.
“Martin is no pushover, it’s a big fight for him as well, coming over here.
“But I’m used to that. I’ve been in big fights all my life and that’s what I came here for.”
Fury enjoys verbal battle with any of his challengers and a fight against Briggs would have the mother of all press conferences.
“It would be the biggest press conference ever in the history of boxing. He can’t out-talk me and he cannot out-fight me.”
David Haye will likely go for a less dangerous opponent than Shannon Briggs. The American still has a bit of zip in his right hand and it’s a risk I don’t think Haye would like to take in his 2nd fight since returning to the ring.
Shannon Briggs had earlier tweeted:
— Shannon Briggs (@TheCannonBriggs) March 16, 2016
Time will tell whether he manages to secure a showdown with either of the British heavyweights, if he doesn’t, it will be interesting watching him try!
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