Former Champion Shannon Briggs Signs With BKFC
One of the most recognizable and colorful figures in boxing today will be looking to make his name as a bare knuckle fighter, four+ years since his last boxing bout. It was announced that Shanon Briggs was signed by Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.
— Bare Knuckle FC (@bareknucklefc) April 6, 2020
Briggs (60-6-1, 1NC) last fought in May 2016, beating Emilio Zarate via KO. It was his ninth win in a row and sixth-straight knockout win. “The Cannon” started boxing in 1992 and beat George Foreman for the lineal heavyweight title in 1997. He ended up losing it to Lennox Lewis a few months later. Briggs fought many times for the WBC and WBO Heavyweight Titles, coming up short each time.
Suspended for failing a drug test in 2017, Briggs hasn’t been competitively fighting since. He has been working on his CBD-based company, and has also helped promote the Logan Paul v. KSI fight. A few days ago, Briggs expressed interest in joining BKFC. He either wanted to do that or pro wrestling.
“It’s something that’s in my blood and when the opportunity presented itself I didn’t think twice. This bare knuckle thing is something that’s growing, which is going to be a very important thing. In the ’80s I had a friend who showed me pictures of the great warriors of the past, who fought cleanly. Being the protagonist of such an event is something that encourages me,” Briggs stated to George Ebro, via Boxing Scene.
“For me it’s not much. I think I’m going to make an easy transition, because I’m a puncher and that’s what it’s all about, paying and knocking out. I can knock people out and I can box. I’ve stayed in the minds of the fans, of a new generation of fans who hadn’t even been born when I started boxing. My charisma does not abandon me.”
A set opponent has not been announced for the 48-year-old. BKFC has mentioned that Miami would be where Briggs would debut.