A 51-year-old former champion has declared that he has ‘lost no power’ ahead of an apparent return to the ring.
They say that power is the last thing to leave a boxer and that’s what Shannon Briggs will be hoping for should be step back into the ring after almost a decade out.
Briggs hails from the same area of Brooklyn as Mike Tyson. He’s best known for his famous catchphrase ‘let’s go champ’ as well as for his knockout loss to Lennox Lewis, his wild pursuit for a fight with then unified champion Wladimir Klitschko and fights with the likes of George Foreman, Francois Botha and Ray Mercer.
‘The Cannon’ has not fought since a first round knockout of Emilio Ezequiel Zarate in 2016 at London’s O2 Arena but has a fight lined up for next year against American mixed martial artist, actor and former professional wrestler ‘Rampage’ aka Quentin Jackson.
On the Jaxxon Podcast Briggs explained to the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion why he hasn’t fought in seven years.
“The only reason I haven’t been active is no body will fight me. They scared. ”
He was then asked why he thinks people won’t fight him.
“Listen, look at my resume. I’m 51, 000 years old and I still hit hard, I’m still an animal, look at me. You don’t lose power, no power lost and I can still take a punch.”
Brigg’s confirmed his intentions to make a run at the heavyweight title once again.
“I’m coming back, yeah. This is my first fight. I’ll go on a ten fight run – that’s my goal. [Tyson Fury] Yeah, I want to get back in shape, Champ. I want to give myself about a year of two, fight myself back into shape, and then I wanna go for something big, I want real boxers.
“100% [I want to make go for the title], why not?”
Whether at this late stage in his career Briggs will be able to find a legitimate opponent remains to be seen.