Two-time heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs has announced his boxing comeback following a six-month doping ban issued by the WBA.
“This past year was a tough year for me. It’s been a long road, with many twists and turns, but I battled through it and feel good about the future. The Champ is back and ready to go!”
According to Sky Sports, 46-year-old Briggs intends regain a world title. If successful the American would be become boxing's oldest-ever heavyweight champion surpassing the record set by the legendary George Foreman.
A 45-year-old Foreman set the record in 1994 following a 10th round KO victory against Michael Moorer winning the IBF and WBA world heavyweight titles. Briggs and Foreman famously clashed in what was to become Foreman's last contest. Briggs won a highly controversial majority decision in 1997 at the Taj Majal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City.
"The Cannon" has suffered from depression and anxiety throughout his career caused by the pain and injuries sustained in his bloody fights.
As a result Briggs now help athletes manage their pain, depression and anxiety by offering alternative treatments.
“In addition to being excited about getting in the ring, I am also proud to launch my new business which will help athletes who suffer from the same type of pain issues that I do,” added Briggs.
But can Briggs regain a world title? I don't see him causing Anthony Joshua or Deaontay Wilder any problems, but could the veteran get the better of Joseph Parker? Unlikely given Briggs' age but stranger things have happened in boxing.
With Parker's camp chasing a big payday, it is unlikely they'll take the Briggs challenge unless all else fails.