Fury vs Briggs on tap? It makes sense, but...Written by Leroy Cleveland
Will 46-year-old Shannon Briggs (60-6-1, 43 KO) be Tyson Fury's first opponent on the latter's comeback? Tyson hasn't fought since October 2015.
According The Sun UK, Briggs insists promoter Frank Warren reached out to him recently about the possibility of a Briggs vs Fury showdown next year.
That fight, should it happen, would be a presumed Fury tune-up for a big showdown with IBF/WBA champ Anthony Joshua.
... Of course, Mr. Briggs would have other ideas.
Briggs said via Sun UK:
“Tyson Fury needs a comeback fight and so does Shannon Briggs, the match up makes since in every aspect of a big fight."
“He wants his license back and so do I. We've both dealt with depression and we both want to make right with the people who love us and those who support us — the fans."
“Two huge men fighting after school, night school.
“Tyson Fury is the undefeated [lineal] heavyweight champion of the world, fighting him is fighting the best. I want the best. I've always fought the best."
Several Fury tune-ups make sense
Can Tyson Fury fully rebound from a drug problem, an astounding 100 plus pound weight gain and lengthy layoff? Should he come back, he wouldn't face a top-level opponent straight away as it would take awhile for him to regain top form, physically and mentally.
In fact, one or two tune-ups wouldn't be enough to prepare Fury for Anthony Joshua or WBC champ Wilder. Regaining his old form will be like a trip through hell; More so because of the drug addiction and its after-effects than the weight gain and lengthy layoff.
Shannon Briggs: The good and the scary
First, the good. Shannon is popular and well-respected in the UK and he boasts an awesome record and solid resume. Moreover, he's a former lineal heavyweight champion with the charisma and credentials to make Fury vs Briggs highly interesting.... But Briggs can also knock Fury out if the Brit isn't in top form. That's the scary news.
Briggs has underrated technical skills thanks to his very deep amateur pedigree. In addition, unlike nearly all of today's top 10 heavyweights, Briggs boasts considerable professional experience against top opposition - and blistering punching power. In fact, he's recorded 34 first round knockouts - the most opening round stoppages of any heavyweight belt-holder in history.
And how many of today's heavyweights can say they have shared the ring with the likes of George Foreman, Lennox Lewis, Frans Botha and Vitali Klitschko?
Power is the last element to leave aging fighters and if Fury isn't in solid form and careful, he could get knocked out if Briggs is.