Former world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs has been confirmed to fight at at The O2 in London on May 21. Brigg’s inclusion on the card pretty much points to a future showdown with promoter David Haye later in the year if they are both victorious.
Nicknamed ‘The Cannon’, Briggs brings a wealth of experience with a record of 59 wins (52KO’s) 6 loses. Briggs has been actively pursuing a fight with The Hayemaker for a number of months but will have to overcome his opponent first.
Commenting on the news, David Haye said: “I used to find Briggs funny, chasing Klitschko around the world and constantly harassing him. But when it started happening to me, it truly isn’t anything to laugh at. The fact he came unannounced to London banging down my gym door, scaring my secretary half to death shows he needs to be taught a serious lesson about respect!”
“The public wants to see the fight, so they convinced me to add him to my undercard. If that chump can beat somebody, then I will fight him after. I’m going to put an end to the ‘let’s go champ’ movement and change it to ‘let’s go chump’ – because that’s all he is, an old chump who goes round screaming, shouting and bothering people.”
Haye added: “I’m not just going to fight him, I’m going to knock him out. He can take a lot of punishment and is a bit of a tough guy, but let’s he how long he can stay standing when I start to rain down Hayemaker’s on his big head! That Chump is going to regret ever taking that flight to Heathrow to start harassing me!”
Commenting on a potential bout with Haye, Shannon Briggs said: “I want that! I took the MRI, he’s scared. He’s scared of me. I’m the champ and he’s the chump. Your comeback is going to be cut short by the champ. Last week I met with his lawyers and we shook on a deal. Everybody got to see for themselves that he’s a scared man.”
Haye faces the undefeated Arnold ‘The Cobra’ Gjerjaj 29 wins (21 KO’s)
Commenting on his upcoming fight, Haye said: “The Cobra is a dangerous proposition. He’s a proper heavyweight – standing at 6 foot 5 inches and tipping the scales at over 17 stone. He’s unbeaten in 29 fights and has delivered 21 KO’s. He is hungry for a world title shot and his physical attributes make his extremely dangerous. I will not be taking this guy lightly but once I knock him out I’ll turn my attentions to Briggs.”
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April 11, 2016