Former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs believes that he would have derailed a potential bout between David Haye and Tony Bellew.
Briggs and Haye were in talks to fight each other back in 2016. Briggs fought on Haye’s undercard in May 2016 as both of them scored early knockouts, to set the stage for a potential showdown in the fall.
“If David Haye had fought me before he fought the Bellew fight, there wouldn’t have been the Bellew fight,” he says.
Briggs disclosed Haye walked away from their discussions to set up a March 2017 clash with Tony Bellew.
And when Haye was stopped in the eleventh round of that bout, he would eventually set up a 2018 rematch with Bellew – and suffered a crushing fifth round knockout.
Haye has since retired after losing two battles with Bellew, although Briggs remains confident he would have delivered the defeat that convinced the two-time heavy weight champion to hang up his gloves, years earlier.
Haye now acts as a manager for Derek Chisora, another British fighter ‘The Cannon’ wanted to face.
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By Olukayode Oniwinde