Comebacking former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) is shown recently flexing a few new looks. For the first time in over two decades, Briggs no longer has his trademark dreadlocks. He is now sporting a basic low cut these days. Also, over the last eight months Briggs’ physique has a had a major overhaul dropping down from a hefty 357 pounds to a currently ripped 247 pounds.
Briggs was scheduled to fight in Atlanta, Georgia last month but his fight was pulled by the commission just days before he was supposed to fight. Briggs wanted to erase any doubts that he was not medically fit to fight.
“From what I understand all that happpened was that in the state of Georgia because of my, and I quote ‘advanced age of 42,’ I needed to be screened in person per the rules and regulations of the state and I had to do so a certain amount of days before the fight. I was not aware of this and I arrived too late. But what’s done is done. The plan now is for me to return likely at the end of March on a fight card in North Carolina.”
Briggs is currently training at the Lucky Street Gym in Hollywood, Florida where he has trained for a number of years. Another familiar face trains there, as well. None other than current unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Briggs and Klitschko have different training schedules and their paths have never crossed there, according to Briggs, until a few days ago. Briggs putting in overtime during his workout when he ran into Klitschko as he was arriving for his. Briggs says he spoke to and greeted all members of the Klitschko entourage including Jonathan Banks, but said that when he went to greet Klitschko he was snubbed.
An enraged Briggs vented to Fightnews.
“I will be very honest. It pissed me off. To me it seemed as if he was pushing me away like I was a fan seeking an autograph. I was simply just saying what’s up to him as a greeting. In fact, I said ‘What’s up champ?’ and that was his reaction. In reality, it would be even worse if he treated a fan like that because you don’t treat people like you’re above them. That’s just not right. I’m a former world champion, and in fact the last American to hold a world title. I was already training extremely hard as it was to get back to the top but this definitely has added some extra motivation for me. I hope Wladimir is still a world champion when I’m back in contention for a world title opportunity. I definitely want that fight,” said Briggs.