Briggs Fails Drug Test Ahead of Oquendo Fight
Shannon Briggs is currently set to face Fres Oquendo for the vacant WBA "regular" heavyweight belt, but that fight is now in jeopardy after Briggs reportedly failed a drug test.
ESPN’s Dan Rafael reported that Briggs tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in a random drug test issued by VADA:
“Breaking news: Heavyweight Shannon Briggs has failed a random VADA-conducted urine test for dramatically elevated levels of testosterone, ESPN has learned. His June 3 fight against Fres Oquendo for the vacant WBA "regular" title likely will be canceled.”
Briggs (60-6-1) has seen a recent surge in popularity not because of his performances in the ring but rather his personal brand expansion on social media, particularly through his "Let’s Go Champ!" catch phrase. The 45-year-old has grown his following and is looking to become a title contender once again at this late stage in his career.
Given the news of Briggs’ failed drug test, the heavyweight may lose that opportunity. Given the severity of his elevated levels of testosterone the fight is likely to be cancelled by the WBA.