SKITS ARE SNL WORTHY: Will They Bring Briggs A Title Fight Against Klitschko?

We’ve seen him interrupt the training camp of the best heavyweight in the world. We’ve seen him follow and show up at the same restaurant and eat the man’s pasta. And just this week we saw him in a power boat and purposely create enough wake to cause the heavyweight boxing champion to fall off of his water-board, only to surface cursing and saying you’ve crossed the freakin’ line.

Yeah right.

The line they may have drawn in the sand together.

It’s amazing how former WBO heavyweight title holder Shannon Briggs 56-6-1 (49) has a better read on where WBA/WBO/IBF title holder Wladimir Klitschko 62-3 (52) is going to be than his fiancee Hayden Panettiere does. Briggs seems to know where and what time Klitschko trains, he knows where and when he’s going out to eat. And if you had any questions whether or not these comedy skits were engineered by both fighters, your doubt had to be erased when Briggs showed up on the water in a motor boat to harass Wladimir while he was standing on a paddle board off the waters of Hollywood, Florida.

I believe that Klitschko is in on the act to some degree and is also enjoying sitting back and watching Briggs play the role of a WWE heel. And would anyone be surprised if these comedy skits, which sometimes are very funny due to Shannon, are parlayed into a heavyweight title fight? One that could be potentially, while it last, be more exciting than most of the other ones that Klitschko could have had.

Everyone knows that Briggs needs Klitschko much more than Wladimir needs him. Klitschko is clearly the alpha heavyweight in the boxing world and has amassed a fortune. Wladimir has made 16 successful defenses of the title and only trails Joe Louis and Larry Holmes in that department. His problem is nobody really cares about watching his bouts and conquests outside of Germany and Europe. Briggs, with his antics and personality, could provide him with more attention and media coverage than he’s garnered in quite some time. Add to that Briggs is big and strong and has legitimate knockout power in his right hand, coupled with the fact that most perceive Wladimir as being no more than one heavyweight bomb away from losing the title. Most believe that to beat Wladimir it’ll just take the right heavy-handed fighter who isn’t afraid to let his hands go. Could that be Briggs? Who knows, it depends on what night it is. But it is a fight that could attract a decent sized audience on either Showtime or HBO.

Surely Klitschko must be thinking to himself this would be easy money and I’d look like a destroyer knocking Shannon out. However, Briggs threatening to enter the ring like a wounded animal and promising to nail Klitschko on his not so sturdy chin, that would stimulate interest in the fight. The biggest fear for the fans watching would be their worriment that if the bout is made, will Briggs actually try to win it or will he take his couple of million dollars and go home early once he realizes that he’s in over his head?

Many boxing fans are mocking and laughing at Briggs as he goes through the motions along with Wladimir in trying to stir interest in a potential fight between them. But Shannon is a decent guy who squandered away much of his ability as a fighter along with his ring earnings. Briggs’ career got off to a fast and promising start in 1992 before being upset by Darroll Wilson back in 1996 on “The Night Of The Young Heavyweights” in Atlantic City. Remember that night? David Tua destroyed John Ruiz in 19 seconds and Andrew Golota stopped Danell Nicholson in the eighth round before Briggs was stopped by Wilson in the third round. Shannon was a huge favorite over Wilson, and used asthma as an excuse as to why he lost the fight. He went onto win four fights after that and fought George Foreman in what turned out to be George’s last fight. Briggs was awarded a very dubious decision over Foreman back in November of 1997 and parlayed that into a title shot against WBC title holder Lennox Lewis four months later.

Briggs was a riot at the last press conference before the fight with Lewis. His antics and threats were so funny and outrageous that Lennox couldn’t keep a straight face. The next night Shannon, who was a very fit 228 pounds, gave it his all. Briggs wobbled and hurt Lewis in the first round and by the time the bell rang to end it, Lennox was holding on. Briggs hurt Lewis again in the second round, but Lennox survived and by the middle of the fifth round Briggs was hurt and couldn’t survive the round. After that, Briggs was up and down. He drew with Frans Botha, lost to Sedreck Fields and Jameel McCline. After losing to McCline he went on an 11 bout win streak, with his most impressive victory being a seventh round knockout over tough and durable Ray Mercer. Five fights after beating Mercer, he stopped WBO title holder Sergei Liakhovich in 2006 with one second remaining in the last round to win the title. At the time of the stoppage he was trailing on all three scorecards. Seven months later in his next bout, he turned in another stinker and lost the title to Sultan Ibragimov via a 12-round unanimous decision.

Since fighting Ibragimov, Briggs has had one meaningful fight, and that was against Wladimir’s older brother Vitali Klitschko in 2010. Shannon was beaten from pillar to post by Vitali enroute to losing a lopsided decision. He absorbed such a terrible beating that it looked as if he’d be lucky to live a normal life after that, let alone fight again for the heavyweight title. Briggs was inactive for three and a half years after losing to Vitali. But here we are four years later and Briggs, 42, has scored four knockouts in five bouts and shows up wherever Wladimir is, taunting him and promising to knock him out if he gets a chance.

It’s painfully obvious that Briggs realizes that he wasted a lot of his career and ability and longs for one more big payday. And if he got lucky and actually beat Wladimir, Briggs would get another payday and Wladimir’s legacy wouldn’t live down a loss to the old version of Briggs, and he knows it (especially if you take into account Shannon’s fight with Vitali). And that more than anything else just might be the reason why Briggs vs. Wladimir never happens.

Briggs has probably put more effort and work into getting attention for an eventual fight with Wladimir than he may have training for his bout against Vitali. It’s hard to say if Briggs’ antics along with Klitschko’s willingness to play along will actually lead to them fighting. But it sure has been funny and entertaining if nothing else. And would anyone be surprised or shocked if Briggs squeezes out one more high profile bout due to his theatrics with Wladimir? Not me!

One thing is for sure, whether or not they ever fight, Wladimir has helped Briggs become somewhat relevant again.

Frank Lotierzo can be contacted at GlovedFist@Gmail.com

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COMMENTS

-deepwater2 :

Yes. It will be promoted in the right way. It will be the biggest heavyweight championship fight of the decade. Briggs has a legitimate chance. Especially if he gets Kenny Bayless to break them every time WK holds ,just like Floyd did. Even if Briggs loses, the buzz will be great for boxing. WK has a big threat in Pulev first. If he gets by him then look for the fight to be signed.


-Kid Blast :

I took this off a post from another site so treat it accordingly Major Scott Pardon Criminal Investigations Division Hollywood Police Department Dear Sir, Shannon Briggs continues to stalk, threaten, and assault Wladimir Klitschko in your jurisdiction and has recently assaulted him once again in the waters off Hollywood, Fla?...by intentionally causing Mr. Klitschko to be thrown off his paddle board into the ocean quite a distance from shore even for a strong swimmer?.the video of the incident is on line for all to see including the Hollywood, Fla. PD and clearly shows the assault that left Mr. Klitschko some distance from the relative safety of his paddle board. (Major Pardon responds by stating that his CID will look into the matter.)


-New York Tony :

This act has gotten so old it should go the way of the detachable collar.


-flackoguapo :

This act has gotten so old it should go the way of the detachable collar.
lmao. that actually existed?


-The Shadow :

I took this off a post from another site so treat it accordingly Major Scott Pardon Criminal Investigations Division Hollywood Police Department Dear Sir, Shannon Briggs continues to stalk, threaten, and assault Wladimir Klitschko in your jurisdiction and has recently assaulted him once again in the waters off Hollywood, Fla…...by intentionally causing Mr. Klitschko to be thrown off his paddle board into the ocean quite a distance from shore even for a strong swimmer….the video of the incident is on line for all to see including the Hollywood, Fla. PD and clearly shows the assault that left Mr. Klitschko some distance from the relative safety of his paddle board. (Major Pardon responds by stating that his CID will look into the matter.)
LOL! This storyline just keeps evolving!


-New York Tony :

Still does, though rarely used.


-Radam G :

I took this off a post from another site so treat it accordingly Major Scott Pardon Criminal Investigations Division Hollywood Police Department Dear Sir, Shannon Briggs continues to stalk, threaten, and assault Wladimir Klitschko in your jurisdiction and has recently assaulted him once again in the waters off Hollywood, Fla…...by intentionally causing Mr. Klitschko to be thrown off his paddle board into the ocean quite a distance from shore even for a strong swimmer….the video of the incident is on line for all to see including the Hollywood, Fla. PD and clearly shows the assault that left Mr. Klitschko some distance from the relative safety of his paddle board. (Major Pardon responds by stating that his CID will look into the matter.)
This is no doubt remindful of what GOAT Ali -- then Cassius Clay -- was doing to "Night Train" Sonny Liston, who he labelled "The Big Ugly Bear" over 50 years ago. And back then the cops was also called. History always show her big 'ole @$$ and repeats.


-Radam G :

Now that I think of it, over a 106 years ago black American contender Jack Johnson stalked and followed heavyweight king Canadian Tommy Burns around the world the same way with the same wordage -- "Let's go CHAMP! Everywhere you go, I go...." Just do minor research, and you find REPEAT or closely the same behavior coming outta desperate pugs. As I've said umpteen times, "Nothing under the sun is new. Different playas and era, but da some old syet." Holla!


-deepwater2 :

Now that I think of it, over a 106 years ago black American contender Jack Johnson stalked and followed heavyweight king Canadian Tommy Burns around the world the same way with the same wordage -- "Let's go CHAMP! Everywhere you go, I go...." Just do minor research, and you find REPEAT or closely the same behavior coming outta desperate pugs. As I've said umpteen times, "Nothing under the sun is new. Different playas and era, but da some old syet." Holla!
That is right. Time is circular, not linear. history does repeat itself time and time again


-Kid Blast :

WTF, Random got credit for one of my posts. WTF.


-The Commish :

WTF, Random got credit for one of my posts. WTF.
Could CJ Ross be doing the tallies now. Something is not right. That happened to me awhile back. Instead of 1, 476 posts, I should have 1, 477. I am gonnas' file a protest with the TSSPC (The Sweet Science Post Commission). Just lick your wounds, Kid, and keep posting. I'm sure even the Babe Ruth of posters--Radam G--has been zapped a post or two (hundred)! -Randy G.


-The Commish :

That is right. Time is circular, not linear. history does repeat itself time and time again
So, if history is to repeat itself here, will Shannon Briggs be Jack Johnson and beat Wlad Klitschko? Will boxing then go looking for another "Great White Hope?" Will I have to talk Gerry Cooney out of retirement? Ya' gotta' love this whole thing. Shannon Briggs is the only sign of life in the heavyweight division! LET'S GO, CHAMP! LET'S GO, CHAMP! -Randy G.


-Radam G :

Could CJ Ross be doing the tallies now. Something is not right. That happened to me awhile back. Instead of 1, 476 posts, I should have 1, 477. I am gonnas' file a protest with the TSSPC (The Sweet Science Post Commission). Just lick your wounds, Kid, and keep posting. I'm sure even the Babe Ruth of posters--Radam G--has been zapped a post or two (hundred)! -Randy G.
More like a post or two thousands. Hehe! I'm losing posts on da regular. They just drop into the Bermuda Triangle of cyberspace posting or something. Holla!


-Kid Blast :

I don't mind losing posts but to Random? holla


-Kid Blast :

No. Briggs needs to beat someone noteworthy like Arreola before he gets into the sweepstakes. He has to earn it. Otherwise, the complaints and howls will taint such a fight with a foul odor of contrivance that was designed to insult the intelligence of fight fans. That kind of garbage won't work any more. What Briggs is doing has some high camp value but that's all. There is something about him that I just don't like. And if Klit is conspiring in this, then he also deserves heavy criticism. The entire thing is staged and reeks of dead fish.


-brownsugar :

Posts disappearing into another dimension or being surreptitiously transported to alternate realities simply confirm our existence in a perpetually changing and chaotic universe.... embrace it....Lol. I guess we will have to endure the dubious shenanigans of Briggs and his silent accomplis WK until after WK's next defense. Should WK be successful the impending blood bath between Briggs and WK can be arranged. Briggs will once again exchange his health and his lingering youth for a few more dollars. But he can take it. Hopefully he'll be more resourceful with his winnings. From a competitive point of view I'd like to see Briggs against fellow body builder Amir Mansour. That would be wild. Speaking of wild...... Wilder said Briggs doesn't need to keep Chasing WK.... Wilder is more than willing to give Briggs a shot. If Wilder wins the title maybe his management would be willing.


-The Commish :

Posts disappearing into another dimension or being surreptitiously transported to alternate realities simply confirm our existence in a perpetually changing and chaotic universe.... embrace it....Lol. I guess we will have to endure the dubious shenanigans of Briggs and his silent accomplis WK until after WK's next defense. Should WK be successful the impending blood bath between Briggs and WK can be arranged. Briggs will once again exchange his health and his lingering youth for a few more dollars. But he can take it. Hopefully he'll be more resourceful with his winnings. From a competitive point of view I'd like to see Briggs against fellow body builder Amir Mansour. That would be wild. Speaking of wild...... Wilder said Briggs doesn't need to keep Chasing WK.... Wilder is more than willing to give Briggs a shot. If Wilder wins the title maybe his management would be willing.
Iwould love to see Briggs in with the likes of Amir Mansour or Deontay Wilder, both fights having the ingredients of a wild shootout. However, it's Wlad vs. Briggs which makes the most sense. Briggs has not been chasing Mansour. He hasn't been chasing Wilder. He has been chasing, pursuing and harrassing little Klit for months. The videos are hilarious...in the restaurant....in the gym...on the water. Keep 'em coming guys. Where will the next one be? I say it will be at the final Klitschko-Kubrat press conference, a day or two before their November clash. You know the story line already. The fighters will be on the dais, separated by a podium and a trainer or two. As Pulev is about to speak, Briggs will walk into the room and shout, "When are you gonna' stop fighting these chumps and face a real fighter?" Pulev will get red-faced and scream something in Bulgarian, motioning with his hands for Briggs to leave the room. Briggs will remove his shirt, flex his big arms and bellow, "These say I'm not leaving!" He'll point to Pulev and say, "If you want me to leave, come down here and throw me out, chump!" Then he'll look at Klitschko, point and say, "Or YOU come down here, paper champion, and throw me out. I am the champ. Everybody knows you are afraid to fight me. You know I will knock you out. You KNOW it!" Then he will shout his war cry. "LET'S GO, CHAMP! LET'S GO, CHAMP!" Klitschko vs Briggs is next. "LET'S GO, CHAMP! LET'S GO, CHAMP!" -Randy G.


-The Shadow :

Iwould love to see Briggs in with the likes of Amir Mansour or Deontay Wilder, both fights having the ingredients of a wild shootout. However, it's Wlad vs. Briggs which makes the most sense. Briggs has not been chasing Mansour. He hasn't been chasing Wilder. He has been chasing, pursuing and harrassing little Klit for months. The videos are hilarious...in the restaurant....in the gym...on the water. Keep 'em coming guys. Where will the next one be? I say it will be at the final Klitschko-Kubrat press conference, a day or two before their November clash. You know the story line already. The fighters will be on the dais, separated by a podium and a trainer or two. As Pulev is about to speak, Briggs will walk into the room and shout, "When are you gonna' stop fighting these chumps and face a real fighter?" Pulev will get red-faced and scream something in Bulgarian, motioning with his hands for Briggs to leave the room. Briggs will remove his shirt, flex his big arms and bellow, "These say I'm not leaving!" He'll point to Pulev and say, "If you want me to leave, come down here and throw me out, chump!" Then he'll look at Klitschko, point and say, "Or YOU come down here, paper champion, and throw me out. I am the champ. Everybody knows you are afraid to fight me. You know I will knock you out. You KNOW it!" Then he will shout his war cry. "LET'S GO, CHAMP! LET'S GO, CHAMP!" Klitschko vs Briggs is next. "LET'S GO, CHAMP! LET'S GO, CHAMP!" -Randy G.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! You already know that is EXACTLY what will happen! LOL @ "his war cry." Brownsugar, your last post was pure brilliance. You was robbed last time by a belligerent mugger. This time I hope you will be fairly rewarded. I believe you will. Both are you guys are freakin' geniuses, you keep me cracking up.


-brownsugar :

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! You already know that is EXACTLY what will happen! LOL @ "his war cry." Brownsugar, your last post was pure brilliance. You was robbed last time by a belligerent mugger. This time I hope you will be fairly rewarded. I believe you will. Both are you guys are freakin' geniuses, you keep me cracking up.
Thanks for the kind words ... No worries ... I thought it was fair. Personally I thought Soliman would get ripped apart into tiny pieces by GGG. But I expected him to tear through Jermaine. Taylor has retained a good deal of his athleticism, but he clearly looks like he's a notch or two off what you would expect a top ten contender to look like. The rest has done him well. And tuning up against no-hopers has allowed him to be eased back into fighting shape. But the level of resistance he's faced so far including Soliman is not comparable to the top competition at 160. Unfortunately Taylor is a chivalrous soul..... He'll fight anybody ...even GGG without hesitation if his "advisor" told him to. But I doubt he could last 8 rounds with Gabe Rosado.


-brownsugar :

Sorry I responded to the wrong post...it was meant for the Taylor thread


-amayseng :

Sorry I responded to the wrong post...it was meant for the Taylor thread
Too much Overtime B-sug, time for a vaca! ha


-brownsugar :

You are probably correct Amayseng... I have to put in some OT today... Bummer