By Brett Bonetti
Former Light Heavyweight title contender Paul Briggs feels he has been made a scapegoat and was left fuming after being informed of the West Australian Professional Combat Sports Commission’s finding, saying he disputed this decision 100%. The WA Professional Combat Sports Commission has ordered Briggs to pay $75,000 AUD to the commission from his $200,000 AUD purse, and his registration as a boxer in Western Australia has been cancelled following a finding that Briggs had participated in a ‘Sham Contest.’
The finding arose as Briggs failed to disclose the full extent of his health problems before the fight with Danny Green at Challenge Stadium in Perth Australia on July 21, 2010.
“Of course I dispute it; ‘A SHAM’ to me is one guy paying another guy to take a dive,”
“I think they’ve just used me as a scapegoat. None of it makes sense, it’s a joke. How can I con medical people? They passed with me with all their exams.” Briggs said.
“Every examination and I’ve never been diagnosed with anything.”
Briggs has already had discussions with his solicitor about challenging the finding in a court of law.
His trainer Billy Hussein has also stressed he was prepared to go to court to clear his name.
Hussein felt the West Australian Professional Combat Sports Commission had no knowledge of his background or reputation for putting his boxer’s safety first and vowed to fight the finding all the way.
“I am one of the safest coaches in the world ever, I’m proud of that and every one of my fighters knows that,” Hussein said.
“In regards to Briggs, he had the attitude to go in there and fight and unfortunately got caught early and got knocked out.”
The fight was switched from Perth to Sydney after the NSW Sports Combat Authority refused to sanction the bout due to concerns over Briggs’ health.
In 2005 and 2006 Briggs lost fights to current heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek which were described by some experts as one of the most brutal fights in recent memory.