Shannon Briggs Announces April 24 Return Date – Is he Fighting Mike Tyson?

Published 02/04/2021, 11:09 PM EST


For the past few months, many retro boxers have expressed their desire to come out of retirement and step inside the squared circle again. This has stirred the sport big-time and garnered a lot of eyeballs. Recently, the most talked-about former heavyweight champion, Shannon Briggs, announced his comeback.

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In a chat with Fight Hype, the ‘Cannon’ rolled out April 24 as his boxing return date.

Speaking to them, he said, “I got a fight coming up, April 24th, that’s right, the champ Shannon Briggs. I am back, April 24th is the date ya, it’s the date ya.”

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Briggs was in the gym, working out rigorously while he made this announcement. He looked extremely thrilled for a fiery return.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 21: Shannon Briggs celebrates victory over Emilio Ezequiel Zarate during a Heavyweight contest at The O2 Arena on May 21, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Even at age 49, Briggs keeps himself in shape and stays pretty active. Now, after making an announcement for his comeback, ‘Cannon’ will look to work even harder than before.

Though he announced the fight dates, Briggs didn’t reveal his opponent. Fans will speculate and ‘n’ number of names will feature as part of the discussions regarding Briggs’ opponent. Possible names include Mike Tyson who has shown interest in fighting again following his bout against Roy Jones Jr.

If a bout between the two veterans gets scheduled, it will be a treat for every boxing fan out there.

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Is Shannon Briggs vs Mike Tyson on the cards?

Briggs officially hasn’t competed since 2016. He signed off from the sport with an illustrious career spanning 60 wins and 6 losses. Although he didn’t hint at a fight with ‘Iron’ Mike specifically, his fans still want the former kingpins to collide at least once, even if it’s in an exhibition bout.

UNDATED: Mike Tyson raises his fists after winning a bout. (Photo by Focus on Sport via Getty Images)

On the flip side, Tyson has been preparing for another exhibition fight, principally with former rival Evander Holyfield. Considering this juncture, a fight between Shannon Briggs and Mike Tyson might not be on the cards for early 2021.

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However, if both exhibit their interest in competing, a classic encounter can get scheduled for later this year.

How excited are you to see Briggs coming back to the ring? If not Tyson, who will you like to see him compete against?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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