Former world champion, Shannon Briggs, has named his pick for the greatest ever fighter in boxing’s blue-ribbon division.
Briggs stopped Siarhei Liakhovich to win the WBO belt back in 2006. During his 24 year career, he shared the ring with some of the best to ever lace up the gloves, including George Foreman, Lennox Lewis and Vitali Klitschko.
Briggs is currently out in Saudi Arabia as part of the Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou event and bumped into one of his old adversaries.
The 51-year-old shared a moment with former undisputed champion, Lennox Lewis, and took the chance to call him the greatest.
“I’m here with the champ. You see him, the greatest of all times. He punched me in the jaw, I’m mad but I let it go because I love him to death. He’s one of the greatest of all times – I got punched by the greatest. Let’s go champ!”
Briggs challenged Lewis back in 1998 for his WBC title. After an exciting back and forth encounter, Lewis scored a devastating knock out in the fifth round.
‘The Cannon’ hasn’t had a professional fight since he beat Emilio Zarate over eight years ago but is scheduled to face former MMA star, Rampage Jackson early next year.
Briggs is predicting a successful comeback and is then eyeing a return to boxing and is willing to take on ‘anybody’.
“After I knock out Rampage [Jackson] then anybody, give me 12 weeks.”
Fans will hope 51-year-old Briggs looks into exhibitions rather than attempting to challenge the current crop. Of that group, he believes Tyson Fury will soon come out on top.