Let’s Go Champ! Forget Klitschko, How About Joshua vs. Briggs if He Wins on June 3
Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Shannon ‘The Cannon’ Briggs has four things going for him: one, he is a great salesman of boxing publicity in the mold of an outrageous Muhammad Ali; two, Shannon is in simply marvelous condition; three, he has got a string of wins; four, he is fighting Fres Oquendo for the vacant World Boxing Association regular world heavyweight title on June 3, 2017, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
In 2016, Briggs had this to say about the possibility of fighting Joshua: “I am super-impressed with Joshua. If (promoter) Eddie Hearn keeps Joshua away from me, I think he is the future of the (heavyweight) division, and I think he could have a long reign. I’ve been ordered to fight the vacant WBA world heavyweight title fight. I am going to win that with a vicious KO. Then-hopefully-I’ll get Joshua -or the winner of Joshua and Klitschko, if they can do a deal first. The champ (meaning Briggs) is unstoppable. I am 45, and I am in the best shape of my life. The momentum is around the world. People are going ‘Let’s go champ!’ and you can’t beat that. That’s positive energy, and I’m feeling great.”
More interesting than Tyson Fury, Luis Ortiz, Tony Bellew, Joseph Parker, Deontay Wilder, Kubrat Pulev, or a mandatory Wladimir Klitschko rematch would be Anthony Joshua versus ‘The Cannon’ Shannon Briggs next for the unified heavyweight title. For sure, Briggs has rubbed elbows enough with Wladimir Klitschko to drive him crazy. That’s because there a part of Shannon Briggs that actually is crazy. Fight fans love the outrageous, outlandish and controversial, which is why fighters like Shannon Briggs and Adrien Broner never seem to go away from the front page fight news headlines.
Joshua had this to say about the possibility of fighting Briggs at some point: “Shannon Briggs is a game opponent, an unbelievable self-promoter, and you can never underestimate him. He’s big. He’s got a punch from (seasoned) from the experience he’s gained from fighting the champs, so don’t overlook Shannon Briggs. He’s around, and he’s here to fight. So that fight could happen if it’s the right fight and it makes sense.”
Briggs is nuts, but he is a good kind of nuts. His loud and wild personality translate into big pay-per-view dollars if the British want to sell a titular unification match. Joshua wants to unify the belts, and what better target than the menacing and loud personality Briggs? Briggs is like an old Timex watch, he takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
At 60-6-1 with 54 knockouts, and 45 years of age, Brooklyn’s Briggs is one of these oddball boxing thorns in the heavyweight division who never quite seems to go away. At 19-0 and age 27, Anthony Joshua is in his prime. Briggs versus Joshua is sensational enough a thought to sell out the house at Wembley and generate big public sports interest. To get there, Briggs, boxing’s never go away man, will have to defeat Oquendo to make it happen.
Let’s go champ! Whatever champion you are rooting for. Joshua versus Briggs may not emerge as a great fight, but the fight itself is pure boxing tabloid sensationalism.