Hayemaker clear of The Cannon… for now

David Haye
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He’s making quite a lot of noise, isn’t he? In case you’ve been living under a rock, former Heavyweight hitman Shannon Briggs has bought a one-way ticket to the United Kingdom. Why? To seek big fights and even bigger money. His original quest (quite publicly so) was to lure David Haye into a big-buck showdown, as Haye continues to seek an opponent for ‘Haye Day 2′ in May.

Though Haye told us at BoxingNewsTV his next opponent would be announced imminently earlier in the month, we now understand no potential opponent has yet been tied down, with an announcement some way off. Haye himself is chasing down Lucas Browne following his capture of the WBA (Regular) Heavyweight title, though Browne has insisted he won’t be bullied into selling out – a notion boxing fans seem to be happy with.

So with Browne supposedly miles from agreeing terms for a May showdown, will Haye throw Briggs a healthy payday instead? No. Not yet, anyway. Why? Because Shannon Briggs will no longer take it. The masterplan appears to be out of the window for now, with the American instead appearing eager to follow the guidance of Eddie Hearn, who will more than likely give him an outing in Glasgow on the Burns vs. Di Rocco undercard.

In a video uploaded by iFLTV, Hearn appeared to be eager to build Briggs’ reputation in the United Kingdom – perhaps to use him as a title defence for Anthony Joshua should he come through next month. Joshua vs. Briggs is far more likely to happen in 2016 than Haye vs. Briggs, and you can expect the self-proclaimed ‘champ’ to appear on a few Matchroom undercards against half-fit weightlifters you’ve never heard of.

This doesn’t mean Haye vs. Briggs can’t happen. If Briggs – similarly to Haye – can prove he’s got enough in him to mix with the new era of top Heavyweights, we could see the two of them square off for a far more substantial purse further down the line. For now, though, it’s off the cards. Don’t worry David – the champ won’t be knocking on your gym door again any time soon.


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