Former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs is obviously not done with the fight game. The 48-year-old American is ready to become the newest retired pro boxer who will fight under the Bare Knuckle FC banner.
The President of BKFC – David Feldman announced the news on the MMAUNCENSORED Podcast, stating that the American will be fighting in Miami.
Of course, due to the coronavirus outbreak, there is no information on when and against who will Briggs fight. The last time “The Cannon” fought was back in 2016 when he defeated Argentina’s Emilio Zarate.
When the coronavirus pandemic passes, Briggs intends to move forward with his move to BKFC.
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“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 told George Ebro.
“I am unique, a different human being. If you look at my career I’ve had moments in a lot of fights and then I walk away for two or three years, I come back and walk away again. I have managed to preserve my physique and my mind in an enviable way. I feel tremendously strong and eager to return to action.
“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.
“That’s why they call me the title collector. It would be an impressive thing, something that still motivates me to go to the gym. I have always liked challenges and this is the one in front of me at this time of my career. I want to add up as many titles as possible, even WWE.”