Shannon Briggs exposes David Haye in entertaining video?Written by Lee Cleveland
Set to return in December, it appears David Haye won't face Shannon Briggs next.
In 2014, former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs generated a lot of buzz and momentum with a well-orchestrated return to the ring after a 3 1/2-year hiatus. During a 7-month span that year, Briggs would fight and win 6 times, earning 5 knockouts in the process.
His antics, including his obsessively bizarre stalking of then heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, a new rippling physique, the popular 'Let's Go Champ' movement and a series of devastating knockouts earned the then 42-year-old a lot of press.
Now 44, Shannon Briggs (60-6, 1, 53 KO) is 9-0 on his comeback and has recorded seven first-round stoppages while David Haye returned after a long hiatus to quickly and impressively dispatch Mark de Mori and Arnold Gjergjaj.
Haye vs Briggs would be huge but perhaps the Brit wants one more fight before taking on the dangerous 'Canon?'
Shannon, of course, is convinced David is running from him.
In a recent and highly entertaining video produced by Tru School Sports, Shannon Briggs said:
"Your boy David Haye went on IFL TV ... and was talking crazy..."
"He [said he] thought once he won the title, it [Haye vs Briggs] would be a bigger fight."
"These are all lies. You're lying to your fan base."
"You're a coward and a liar. That was never discussed. We were gonna fight for nothing [no title], Champ."
"Now we got the network, Champ. Don't sit here and lie to the people."
"There's a network available... You just don't wanna fight!"
Tough words from a tough man.
Combine his poise with his strength, punching power and vast amateur and professional experience, and a focused, disciplined, well-conditioned Shannon Briggs could spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E for any heavyweight, including David Haye.
Although Shannon would be the clear underdog, he still possesses crippling power and, as a result, has a 'puncher's chance' against any heavyweight. Power is the last thing to leave an aging fighter. Moreover, and at this moment, Haye's ability to absorb punishment is questionable. Hence, David doesn't get whacked often.... But we know Shannon has a great chin, something that may serve him well against the explosive, quicker 'Hayemaker.'
As for Haye, Briggs, past his prime or not, would give him tremendous momentum on his comeback should he win.
Is David Haye and Co. running from Shannon Briggs?
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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