Shannon Briggs Applying To Fight In The U.K.
At 47-years old, Shannon Briggs is looking to return to the ring, as the former heavyweight champion applied for a British boxing License.
It has been nearly three years since Briggs appeared on the undercard of a David Haye fight, winning by first round knockout.
“We’ve been trying to look for the right fight,” he told Sky Sports. “I’m actually going to go in front of the [British Boxing Board of Control], and hopefully get a licence here to fight. I’ve been licensed to fight in the US, but I would love to fight here in England.:
“Hopefully you’ll see me in the ring in June or July, but I’ll be back this year hopefully.
Briggs and Fury have had their fair share of words over the years, but Briggs has supported and championed Fury during his struggles with weight, addiction, and mental health.
Briggs told Sky Sports in 2017: “As far as his depression, I’ve got love for him. I respect and understand what he’s going through. My advice: no drugs or alcohol, exercise and eat right.”
“I spoke to [Fury] a few weeks ago,” Briggs added. “He’s a good guy, a great guy. The boxing brotherhood lives on forever, and the fact that he even reached out and said ‘I’ll give you a shot’ and get me on the card, that shows love from a fellow boxer, because he sees a guy not working, not being busy in the ring.
“I just want to have fun. This is what I’ve been doing all my life. To become a heavyweight champion would be phenomenal again, in three different decades.
“Aside from that, boxing is therapy for me, a guy like myself, I’ve been through a lot in my life, and boxing is my therapy to calm me down, kind of forget the rough things and to actually put my best foot forward. Exercise is great for all types of depression. I use exercise as my way out. That’s my help.”
Initial Report: Sky Sports