Shannon Briggs: Be a Jerk, Get a Job

BY Phil Woolever ON April 26, 2014
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WK-CAMP-APRIL-2014-PRESSER MG 7711-copy-WEB 31b72PUNCHING BAGS AND GAS BAGS – Shannon Briggs certainly isn’t the classiest example of a United States citizen’s behavior, but he is a pretty effective salesman.

After parading around shirtless and shouting, at two heavily attended media events for the Wlaimir Klitschko – Alex Leapai fight this week, Briggs (seen barking at Wlad in KMG/Michael Sterling Eaton photo) was successful at keeping his name in the heavyweight marketing arena.

Briggs or his defenders will say what they always say. No hard feelings, just trying to drum up business, but who knows what might have happened if Leapai got to Briggs for a few moments when Briggs interrupted the final (and biggest) press conference.

Somebody might have gotten glassed.

As it is, Briggs has probably talked his way up a modest pay scale. His Deutschland buffoonery was probably better for the game than his ridiculous 27- second stoppage in Minnesota last week, and his pranks played well with the locals.

After Briggs usurped the press conference, a personally offended Leapai promised “Briggs is next” to more than one TV crew. Even if Leapai loses to Klitschko, a Briggs fight could sell in Australia. Footage from Germany won’t hurt the promotion.

When a big fight occurred in Las Vegas, and probably still, it was common for a challenger to make his presence known at another fighter’s event. It was usually done in with modest defiance, and noted respect.

“I know you’re the real champ, I think I deserve a shot.”

“You’re a good fighter, be patient and you’ll get your chance.”

That basic dialogue resulted in many a contest being drafted, but there was another key component, a mandatory requirement for the stunt to carry any weight.

The barker had to have legitimate credentials or he would be dismissed, perhaps even shamed, by most credible participants and observers. Briggs has seen legitimate glory, but he no longer has those legitimate credentials.

Causing a self-promotional scene has happened regularly at the highest level. I saw Antonio Tarver effectively crash Roy Jones’ party after Jones beat John Ruiz, and of course there’s the classic example of Ali/Clay chasing Sonny Liston. Our panel can probably think of dozens of other scenarios.

Maybe a Briggs – Oliver McCall scrap wouldn’t be the worst matchup, pitting two former alphabet champions who beat Hall of Famers. Briggs could probably make better money facing Manuel Charr around Cologne, and that could actually be a decent, if sloppy brawl.
I still remember the shocked look on Sergei Liakhovich’s face when a cheerful, victorious Briggs admitted after their fight that Liakhovich had never called him the racial slurs Briggs lied about throughout the promotion.

Briggs might have acted like an ass this week, but at least he didn’t resort to crude profanities. Actually, he was received pretty well around the Oberhausen and Dusseldorf area where the fight went down.

Briggs showed up at the weigh-in with a cake, presumably to give Klitschko an uninvited taste of. When security, looking much like the ex-cop or armed services vet types in US security, intercepted Brigg’s approach, he turned it into a monologue that had many of fans amused.

Most major news broadcasters in the area ran footage all week of a shirtless Briggs, flexing amidst a smiling crowd of people lined up for photos.

“Briggs is next,” said Leapai.

Simple.

Quick.

Effective.

Briggs’ plan in Germany proved to be all that. As usual, it has not proved to have any class.

In the long run, that doesn’t seem to matter, anyway. At least not to Briggs.

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deepwater2 says:

Hopkins told Mosley to call out Floyd, Hopkins told Shane closed mouths don't get fed and he was right. Haye had to stalk Klit to get his fight . This happens in boxing. At least Briggs didn't smash a beer bottle over someones head. He played the Mr T role perfectly.Fernando Vargas had to do it to get Oscar. You must admit Briggs helped this writer, now he has something to write about. Briggs is making one last run and has put himself in the best shape possible and is itching for a big fight. I rather see Briggs vs Wlad then Leipai(who was handpicked to get knocked out). I really would like to see Briggs vs Wilder at Barclays in a co-feature with Quillen fighting Danny Jacobs.

Radam G says:

I cannot tell if SB is jerking or lurking the doc around. But I'm riding shotgun with D2. Holla!

The Commish says:

Dear Shannon Briggs,

Okay. So you have auditioned for a role as one of the "Jerky Boys." While it left me shaking my head, I truly understand it. What really ticks me off is the phenomenal shape you has gotten yourself into.

Now? At 42? Because you went on a diet and trained hard and lost a jr. middleweight of fat? Now you want a title shot against Wladimir Klitschko? I'm not sure of the reason why you think you deserve one. I know why you are doing it...for a big payday, why else? But why do you deserve one? Because in two comeback fights this year, you knocked out two shmear cases in the first round? Because in your last fight, four years earlier, you were able to last 12 rounds against Vitali Klitschko, who put you in the hospital and made you look like a mugging victim?

Shannon, it's over. Like the flowers which bloom in Springtime, the heavyweight division is in full bloom once again. Young buds are pushing their way up. You want to fight somebody, fight a contender. Fight Kubrat Pulev. Fight Deontay Wilder. Fight Tony Thompson. Now there's an idea. Tony Thompson. Another of boxing's senior citizens. But at least he has been winning. In the last year, he has whipped David Price (twice) and most recently Odlanier Solis.

I have a feeling, though, you will not be going away that easily. You smell that payday which a challenge against the heavyweight champion will bring. After Bermane Stiverne and Cris Arreola get through with each other, the winner is scheduled to face Wilder. Maybe, if you can beat somebody with substance, you'll get the winner of Wilder-Stiverne/Arreola.

We really wish you would go away, but know that just won't happen.

So, just stay away from those triple cheeseburgers, large order of fries and the chocolate shake for a little while longer. If you do, and if you win even just one fight against a live body, maybe you really will have a chance to get beaten up in a heavyweight title fight again.

-Randy G.

Radam G says:

Dear Shannon Briggs,

Okay. So you have auditioned for a role as one of the "Jerky Boys." While it left me shaking my head, I truly understand it. What really ticks me off is the phenomenal shape you has gotten yourself into.

Now? At 42? Because you went on a diet and trained hard and lost a jr. middleweight of fat? Now you want a title shot against Wladimir Klitschko? I'm not sure of the reason why you think you deserve one. I know why you are doing it...for a big payday, why else? But why do you deserve one? Because in two comeback fights this year, you knocked out two shmear cases in the first round? Because in your last fight, four years earlier, you were able to last 12 rounds against Vitali Klitschko, who put you in the hospital and made you look like a mugging victim?

Shannon, it's over. Like the flowers which bloom in Springtime, the heavyweight division is in full bloom once again. Young buds are pushing their way up. You want to fight somebody, fight a contender. Fight Kubrat Pulev. Fight Deontay Wilder. Fight Tony Thompson. Now there's an idea. Tony Thompson. Another of boxing's senior citizens. But at least he has been winning. In the last year, he has whipped David Price (twice) and most recently Odlanier Solis.

I have a feeling, though, you will not be going away that easily. You smell that payday which a challenge against the heavyweight champion will bring. After Bermane Stiverne and Cris Arreola get through with each other, the winner is scheduled to face Wilder. Maybe, if you can beat somebody with substance, you'll get the winner of Wilder-Stiverne/Arreola.

We really wish you would go away, but know that just won't happen.

So, just stay away from those triple cheeseburgers, large order of fries and the chocolate shake for a little while longer. If you do, and if you win even just one fight against a live body, maybe you really will have a chance to get beaten up in a heavyweight title fight again.

-Randy G.


I say that SB dances against your boy Deontay Wilder. And if he cannot handle that hyped-up pug, he should shut up and find a day job. Holla!

oubobcat says:

If Briggs wants a big fight, why not go out and beat a contender or two in the heavyweight division to earn that big fight instead of spending time crashing press conferences. There are plenty of young heavyweights (or veteran heavyweights) would would be eager to add Briggs name to their resume. So if Briggs really wants the opportunity, there are no excuses for him to find willing foes and earn the opportunity.

amayseng says:

Briggs is ON the JUICE no doubt about it.

42 and jacked like he is now 25? Come on now.

Well at least he is gaining interest in the boxing world for the weekend hugfest that is Wlad.

I plan to give it one round and if I am unsatisfied I am changing the channel.

Mr. T was one of the best villains in movie history...And he might not have even been acting!!


I read somewhere that Wlad's camp invited Briggs to crash these conferences to draw up interest for Wlads
fights, because they are so boring. This may be true, when Briggs is escorted out, after he has plenty of time to make a scene, they have been allowing him to stop and take pictures and sign autographs.....

dino da vinci says:

It's a game I play with my kids. It's sort of like a virtual hangman. You're not allowed to use paper or writing instruments.

You get a category and the amount of letters in the last name. Told to you one time only.

Let's see how you'd do.

Category: World's Most Delusional Prizefighter.

Letters: 6

Me: OK, my V, start us off.
V: Is there a 'b'?
Me: Why yes there is!

B*****

V: is there an 'r'?

BR****

Any other R's dad? Dad? Daaad?

Me: I'm thinking...I'm thinking.

The Shadow says:

I cannot tell if SB is jerking or lurking the doc around. But I'm riding shotgun with D2. Holla!


The dude is a mandatory so he has to fight him. Let's see how he does. Samoans are tough, tough people so I wouldn't be shocked to see him go the full 12 unless he surrenders from exhaustion or something.

brownsugar says:

I say that SB dances against your boy Deontay Wilder. And if he cannot handle that hyped-up pug, he should shut up and find a day job. Holla!


The Commish beat me to it....and is correct in saying Briggs is not qualified. I personally don't want to see Briggs suffer additional brain damage against another Klitschko. Its an unnecessary spectacle that would bring out the anti boxing advocates out in full fanatical force.
Boxing doesn't need the embarrassment of seeing Briggs suffer another one sided and potentially life threstening beat down.

Embrace the roll of gate keeper, spoiler, or trialhorse son... Its your best option.

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