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Deontay Wilder vs Shannon Briggs: 8 reasons why it should happen

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Although it was previously reported WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) would face Chris Arreola in September, FightNews announced earlier this week the former was offered a hefty $2 million to fight 43 year old former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (58-6-1, 51 KOs) on Labor Day Weekend at Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Known for his devastating punching power which has earned him 33 first round knockouts (the most number for any heavyweight belt-holder), Briggs is 7-0 with 6 KOs on his comeback.

And for over a year, he has been publicly stalking lineal heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in the hopes of getting a title shot. Nonetheless, Klitschko mainstains he has no interest in Briggs.

Enter Deontay Wilder.

Given Shannon Briggs is a well-known, former champion who has been generating a lot of buzz lately, he may be an attractive title defense option for the up-and-coming, undefeated WBC champion Deontay Wilder.

Despite his inside-the-ring dominance of much lesser foes, it's Shannon's outside-the-ring antics that have made the most headlines.

In April, and on the eve of the heavyweight title fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Bryant Jennings in New York City, Briggs and Wilder engaged in some heated trash talk, face-to-face.

Fortunately, the men only argued.

Despite his inside-the-ring dominance of much lesser foes, it's Shannon's outside-the-ring antics that have made the most headlines.

So, does Wilder vs Briggs make sense for both fighters?

Why it makes sense for Shannon Briggs...

1. Should he orchestrate the upset, Shannon would be in possession of the coveted WBC heavyweight title, thus leaving Wlad no choice but to agree to a showdown should the champ successfully defend his throne against Tyson Fury this fall. Klitschko, although already the lineal and consensus champion, wants the WBC title in order to complete his belt collection.

2. Briggs still possesses crippling power and, as a result, has a 'puncher's chance' against any heavyweight. And at this moment, Wilder's ability to absorb punishment is questionable.

3. Shannon has a great chin, something that may serve him well against the destructive Wilder.

4. Wilder vs Briggs is, by far, the most lucrative, reasonable fight option Shannon has. He will not make nearly as much money fighting anyone else sans Wlad who insists he has no plans to face Briggs (unless forced to).

Why it makes sense for Deontay Wilder...

5. Past his prime or not, Briggs is a good name for a fighter to have on his resume.

6. Two million dollars is a sweet purse for facing a 43 year old fella who hasn't defeated a top heavyweight in 9 years (Siarhei Liakhovich, 2006)

7. If Wilder truly believes Briggs is a "pathetic has-been," Shannon should serve as a nice, easy tune-up for the former's big showdown with his mandatory opponent, Alexander Povetkin.

Why it makes sense for a network and promoters...

8.Wilder vs Briggs would be hot for the network broadcasting the bout, especially it's on a free, mainstream station like NBC or CBS.

Like him or not, Shannon has successfully thrusted himself into the limelight by publicly stalking and taunting Wladimir Klitschko, and has drawn the eyes and ears of the boxing world with his antics and popular 'Let's Go Champ' comeback theme.


Shannon would be a huge underdog should he fight Wilder in September but an upset certainly wouldn't be out of the question.

To casual fans he may look like nothing more than a hard-punching brute in the ring but Briggs has excellent technical skills and is the beneficiary of a strong amateur pedigree. Moreover, how many of today's heavyweights have shared the ring with the likes of George Foreman, Lennox Lewis, Frans Botha and Vitali Klitschko?

Combine his poise with his strength, punching power and vast amateur and professional experience, and a focused, disciplined, well-conditioned Briggs could spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E for any heavyweight, including Wilder.


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