David Haye, Shannon Briggs are on a collision course

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Updated: June 1, 2016
Shannon Briggs and David Haye are on a collision course

A pair of former world heavyweight champions that were each defeated by one of the famed Klitschko brothers may reenergize the heavyweight division their explosive showdown.

In attempt to return to the world heavyweight championship landscape, former WBA heavyweight and unified WBA/WBC and WBO cruiserweight champion David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) will battle a resurgent former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs) in September in London.

During a recent fight-card at the O2 World Arena in London, Haye, the hometown superstar, smashed Arnold Gjergjaj (29-1, 21 KOs) inside two rounds. Briggs, appearing on the undercard, won his fight in only one round.

Haye, winner of his last three fights since returning from a bicep and pictorial injuries several years ago, will try to resume a very exciting boxing career that consist of a number of highlight-reel knockouts against Audley Harrison, Jean-Marc Mormeck, Enzo Maccarinelli, Monte Barrett, Audley Harrison, Derrick Chisora, and John Ruiz.

Haye would have to defeat a Shannon Briggs, who at age 44, maybe in the prime physical condition of his life. Briggs, who has gained world-wide attention behind his “Let’s Go Champ!” raids throughout the world, is reemerging as a dangerous heavyweight title contender because of his land-standing knockout power.

“I’m going to need to be careful in the first few rounds but I believe my superior conditioning and my speed will help me be able to outmaneuver him, knock him down and knock him out,” reportedly told SkySports. “In the first three rounds he’s very dangerous, ask Lennox Lewis. The last thing a fighter loses is his punch. I can’t afford to get hit by any of his big bombs. He’s a big 18-stone man, very powerful, the most first-round knock-outs out of any heavyweight champion in history.”

What makes Briggs dangerous is the fact that he is experienced and he is one of the hardest punchers in the heavyweight division. Briggs has 37 career first-round knockouts to his credit. Amongst some of his biggest wins was the night he came from behind on the judges’ scorecards to knockout Sergui Liakhovich in the final seconds of the twelfth to win the WBO heavyweight championship in November 2006. Briggs has made a career of reconstructing his career after each of his defeats throughout his career that has spanned more than 20 years.

Briggs, winner of 9-straight fights, hasn’t lost since losing a 12-round decision in October 2010 to then WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Ironically, Haye, a veteran of six career world title fights, hasn’t lost since losing a 12-round decision to Wladimir Klitschko in July 2011.

Times have changed, however, as Vitali retired to pursue a career in politics and Wladimir’s 9 1/2 –year reign as world heavyweight champion disappointingly ended last November following a dismal decision defeat to Tyson Fury.

Klitschko’s loss shockingly opened the door to so many heavyweights to emerge and reemerge in the heavyweight title landscape.

Lucas Browne would have become the first Australian boxer to win a world heavyweight title, but his knockout win against Ruslan Chagaev was changed to a no-contest after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.

The IBF title that Klitschko once held since 2006-15 has already changed hands from Fury (vacated title), to Charles Martin, who in his only title defense was knocked out by Anthony Joshua on April 9.

Luis Ortiz, a highly-skilled Cuban heavyweight, defeated Bryant Jennings and Tony Thompson, en route toward being declared the interim WBA heavyweight champion.

Undefeated WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’ previously scheduled title defense against the dangerous and rejuvenated Alexander Povetkin was recently canceled because the challenger tested positive for steroid use.

The door is wide-open for Haye and Briggs to remerge as world heavyweight title challengers.

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