Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KOs), who will face WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on October 16 at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany, is outraged by Klitschko allegedly calling asthma a good excuse. “There are 300 million people in the world with asthma and not one of them would agree with Vitali Klitschko that it’s nothing serious,” said Briggs, a lifelong asthma sufferer. “Isn’t he supposed to be a doctor? A doctor of what???
“I have been in the trenches of this deadly disease and seen the heartbreak it causes,” he continued. “I spend every day trying to convince young people stricken with it that they can be anything they want in life, despite their challenges. What the world doesn’t need is someone who’s supposed to be a role model dismissing their condition as no big deal. These kids are not faking and neither am I. I am now personally dedicating my knockout punch to the sufferers of asthma worldwide that Vitali has offended. I plan on being a three-time world champion who respects people and their challenges.”