Haye vs Briggs: WWE With Boxing Gloves

Haye vs Briggs – The script was written before the co-feature highlighted by David Haye 28-2 (26) and Shannon Briggs 60-6-1 (53), both former heavyweight title holders, was announced. And if you’ve followed boxing long enough and have read this space with regularity, you knew the outcome was never in doubt and there would be no stumbling blocks preventing the clash between Haye and Briggs from coming to fruition.

In the semi-wind up at the O2 Arena in Greenwich London this past weekend, Briggs knocked out journeyman Emilio Zarate 20-17-3 (11) at 2:22 of the first round of the scheduled 10-rounder. And in the main event Haye, who promoted the card via his company Hayemaker Promotions, TKO’d no hope Arnold Gjergjaj at 1:35 of round two of their scheduled 10 rounder. Haye had Gjergjaj down in both the first and second rounds and mercifully the fight was halted by referee Terry O’Connor when Arnold got up after going down in his own corner. When all was said and done both Haye and Briggs fought scared rabbits and there’s nothing else to tell. It’s no secret that both David and Shannon can punch and when they have limited opposition in front of them – the fight shouldn’t last too long.

Now we’ll get to see Haye vs. Briggs this coming September as expected. And you know what, the boxing media and fans will excoriate the fight from now until the day after the bout, you can bet on that. We’ll be lectured that it’s a total sham and both Haye and Briggs are doing it for the money and it’s a complete joke. Right! Fighters fight for money and they usually, at least at the world class or championship level, try and get as much money as they can with the least risk while all along hoping to set up the next big fight. Haye-Briggs is a perfect example and if you were either one of them you’d be going forth with it too.

For starters, both fighters want to fight for the title and it doesn’t matter which title. Most likely the winner will look to fight Anthony Joshua 16-0 (16) or Tyson Fury 25-0 (18), if Fury gets by Wladimir Klitschko 64-4 (53) in their upcoming rematch this coming July, which isn’t a given. When Haye and Briggs observe the fighters who currently own most of the heavyweight hardware, do you think either one of them sweat Joshua, Fury or Klitschko? Granted, Haye has only fought twice in the last three and a half years and Briggs hasn’t faced a live body in nearly six years – the fact is, both guys can really crack and have already been in with the best the division has had to offer over the past decade. If you’re Haye or Briggs, you look at Joshua as an untested body builder who hasn’t faced much adversity aside for half a round against Dillian Whyte last year. When they watch Fury, they see an awkward giraffe who can’t punch and doesn’t have the greatest chin. And if Klitschko beats Fury in the rematch, it’s doubtful that the 40 year old Wladimir invokes any fear in either Haye or Briggs.

The name of the game is get a name and be noticed, it doesn’t matter who you beat. Undefeated records and KO streaks gets the attention of most fans, and both David and Shannon have accomplished that in a big way. Think about it, Briggs hasn’t beaten anybody in years but he’s the best talker and most colorful fighter in combat sports including Tyson Fury and Conor McGregor. Briggs has centered his entire comeback on winning the lottery, and if he were to upset Haye, which I doubt he will, he’d cash the winning ticket twice. Shannon is no fool. Remember, he emulated Cassius Clay stalking Sonny Liston with his antics to fight Klitschko for a year. When it didn’t play well in the U.S. he took his act to the U.K. where professional boxing rules. In doing that Shannon captivated an audience and pretty soon “Let’s Go Champ” was being chanted before he could rip off his t-shirt and start flexing his biceps and pecs.

David Haye smartly realized that this guy has a following and commands attention wherever he goes. It doesn’t matter that most don’t view him as a top contender; the point is they react to him and notice what he says and does. It’s reached the point that Briggs via his biceps and protruding confidence has some thinking to themselves – “ya know he can really punch and he does let his hands go. Haye isn’t known for having a chin the likes of Evander Holyfield, so maybe Briggs could get lucky and catch Haye early and stop him?” And that’s what Haye counted on. Inside David wanted Briggs to catch fire and begin to convince fans that he’s legit, so when he knocks him out, it’ll be seen worldwide and he’ll be viewed as the fighter who ended the Briggs show.

Haye knows Briggs isn’t a legit contender for any of the current title holders. However, fighting and beating him will net him more attention and money than it would if he fought someone who the public viewed as being more authentic. But authentic doesn’t sell as much as sizzle and personality does. Haye wants a fight with either Fury or Joshua because he sees one as being vulnerable because he’s not really that good and the other as too inexperienced and green. If Haye takes Briggs out in an impressive fashion, he will get a fight with one of them because he’s the new big name out there, and no doubt Fury and Joshua will see him as beatable and more sizzle than substance and will gladly fight him next before he loses. Haye’s going to get a free 6 or 7 million dollar payday just for putting himself in position for his real¬†payday.

As for Briggs, if he were to upset Haye, he’d get a title shot. And if he gets destroyed by Haye, there will be work for him in the U.K. as a body guard, sparring partner or PR man for Eddie Hearn. Either way Shannon is probably going to make the most of his opportunity and remain relevant one way or another.

Yes, Haye vs. Briggs has WWE written all over it. However, these two guys are natural talkers and will be hysterical during the run-up to the fight. They’ll sell the fight wonderfully and it will be a financial success – and those who don’t see it will definitely be checking the Internet to find out the result on the day of the bout.

Frank Lotierzo can be contacted at GlovedFist@Gmail.com

 

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-Kid Blast :

Welcome back Frank!! Great title. You nailed it.


-deepwater2 :

Maybe I'm the only one but I like his antics. It's all in good fun. No vulgarity. I think it's good attention for boxing. Showing up at Haye's childhood home and banging on his door is John L Sullivan type stuff. That's where boxing came from and it's good to see a type of boxer with that showman mentality.


-Gabrielito :

Briggs had great athleticism back in the day, the kind we do not see today except for maybe Anthony Joshua. He looked cool while boxing. That won't be enough to stop David Haye from clobbering him.


-DaveB :

I really would have liked to have seen Briggs fight one legitimate contender before being granted a big fight. This farce was only earned by his antics with no substance. This type of thing has grown so tiresome over the last few years. The last time I saw him fight a real fighter he was almost literally beaten to death. I do understand though he is broke. Fighters need pensions and then he wouldn't have to resort to fighting beyond his expiration date.


-deepwater2 :

Tarver crawled out from wherever he was and is demanding a big fight. He says he has faced better opposition compared to Briggs. Wilder needs a fight, throw Tarver in there so he can pay back Haymon.


-Radam G :

I really would have liked to have seen Briggs fight one legitimate contender before being granted a big fight. This farce was only earned by his antics with no substance. This type of thing has grown so tiresome over the last few years. The last time I saw him fight a real fighter he was almost literally beaten to death. I do understand though he is broke. Fighters need pensions and then he wouldn't have to resort to fighting beyond his expiration date.
Hehehe! A lot of pugs do have pensions, but they are still broke. What they (many of us) need is courses in economics. Ninety percent of pugs who came from hood po [$ic], ghetto poor and dirt poor lives live purse to purse/payday to payday/pension check to pension check. They spend up and party up all their moolah and are short in paying necessary bills and obligations. And these pugs are also used up by charity fronts, get rich quick schemes and ki$$ arses. (Think of "A.B." Broner.) Based on the value of today's dollar, GOAT Ali is/and would have been sports' first billionaire. But he is only worth about $65mil because a religious cult of crooks [the Nation of Islam] and inner-ethnic con men -- such as Da Don King -- robbed his pockets like 100 Ali Babas and the 40,000 thieves. Holla!


-Radam G :

Tarver crawled out from wherever he was and is demanding a big fight. He says he has faced better opposition compared to Briggs. Wilder needs a fight, throw Tarver in there so he can pay back Haymon.
D-Wild is the cheapest paid alphabet soup heavyweight title belt holder since Tim Witherspoon, who was paid a total of $90,000 by Da Don King. But Da Don K did better than that when he paid GOAT Ali a grand total of $50,000 for the GOAT beat down from Larry Holmes. TsAH is taking D-Wild to the cleaner. "Prince" Charles Martin has made more money in two rounds -- KTFO by Brit AJ -- than D-Wild has made in his whole career. Don't believe the BIG purses hype of tsAH. He is full of syet, and is settling the lawsuit with Top Rank, as I predicted that he would. Holla!


-DaveB :

Well said Radam. Yes economic training and stewardship of your money is vitally important. If you don't become bigger than the money mentally the problems with money persist. I saw the documentary about the relatives of athletes who want way too much materially, multiple baby mamas, bad investment schemes, high on the hog life styles, lawsuits, predatory women, con men, lack of financial literacy, lack of education period and on and on. Very sad.


-Kid Blast :

Well said Radam. Yes economic training and stewardship of your money is vitally important. If you don't become bigger than the money mentally the problems with money persist. I saw the documentary about the relatives of athletes who want way too much materially, multiple baby mamas, bad investment schemes, high on the hog life styles, lawsuits, predatory women, con men, lack of financial literacy, lack of education period and on and on. Very sad.
Yep. And nonexistent in boxing. Even in Pro Football where the Union has Financial Advisors to assist players, they still go belly up. I wish I were young again. I would start a business that focuses on transition from pro sports to the next path. How do you spell Annuity? Mark Breeland bought one and is living very well off it. Of course interest rates were much higher back then Bruce Seldon supposedly has one as well It's just so sad. I helped a couple of boxers back in the day. One had a lot of cash and wanted to know what to do with it. I told him to buy a modest home and he did. But then he later went nuts and that was that. I told the other to go to Fidelity and sit down with a broker and myself so that he could get an account started. The key is to be a bridge between the boxer and the expert. The problem is that the boxers must want to help themselves first. Fascinating topic


-Domenic :

It really is fascinating. There was a guy who played for the Celtics, can't remember his name, but squandered hundreds of millions. Tyson also had money management issues, and of course got fleeced by Ruth Roper and that horrible Robin Givens. As much of a critic I am of this fight, I certainly don't blame the parties involved. And like the article aptly points out, I'll be online to see the result pronto.


-Kid Blast :

It really is fascinating. There was a guy who played for the Celtics, can't remember his name, but squandered hundreds of millions. Tyson also had money management issues, and of course got fleeced by Ruth Roper and that horrible Robin Givens. As much of a critic I am of this fight, I certainly don't blame the parties involved. And like the article aptly points out, I'll be online to see the result pronto.
It could have been worse for Mike because didn't RB give Dave Winfield as dose? Ugh.


-Radam G :

Yep. And nonexistent in boxing. Even in Pro Football where the Union has Financial Advisors to assist players, they still go belly up. I wish I were young again. I would start a business that focuses on transition from pro sports to the next path. How do you spell Annuity? Mark Breeland bought one and is living very well off it. Of course interest rates were much higher back then Bruce Seldon supposedly has one as well It's just so sad. I helped a couple of boxers back in the day. One had a lot of cash and wanted to know what to do with it. I told him to buy a modest home and he did. But then he later went nuts and that was that. I told the other to go to Fidelity and sit down with a broker and myself so that he could get an account started. The key is to be a bridge between the boxer and the expert. The problem is that the boxers must want to help themselves first. Fascinating topic
An Annuity is a great thing. The late Texan trainer Dave Gorman convinced his charges Harold "Little Man" Petty, "Rockin" Robin Blake, Troy Dorsey, Gene Hatcher and Donald "Texas Cobra" Curry to go that way. And they are all doing okay in their post fighting days. I know a few more pugs who say that they did the Annuity thing, but I won't mention them because they may be just talking syet, since they asked me for a loan. Hehe! Holla!


-Yogo :

Fascinating indeed, how much did Evander squander? Living testament that getting punched in the head can be bad for business. I feel that the likes of Fury are learning from old timers mistakes, at least i really hope so.


-Kid Blast :

Fascinating indeed, how much did Evander squander? Living testament that getting punched in the head can be bad for business. I feel that the likes of Fury are learning from old timers mistakes, at least i really hope so.
And from Klit, Hopkins, De La Hoya, and some others who did some smart things with their earnings although Oscar almost snorted it away. Lots of guys need financial mentors who will protect them from themselves. Broner looks to be the type who will not buy mutual funds much lees ETF's. Back in the day, Johnny Tocco, who ran his famous Las Vegas gym near the corner of Charleston Blvd. and Main Street, was always in the corner of some broken-down pug who had suffered sometimes devastating injuries duking as a poorly paid undercard fighter with fanciful dreams. To this end, he was one of the early proponents of public assistance for ex-boxers. He often talked about some kind of small pension plan or maybe a retirement home. Aside from the State of California (which does have a small pension plan), that plea has, of course, consistently fallen on deaf ears. The nursing home has become a euphemism for the retirement home.


-FrankieDallas :

Let's go CHAMP!