Shannon Briggs Pleads for a Fight Against Mike Tyson: ‘Just Give Me a Shot’

Published 01/19/2021, 10:46 AM EST
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)


Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs has shown his desperation to return to the ring with his latest video. The heavyweight has pleaded for a fight against Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield and questioned why they don’t want to fight him as he returned to sparring.

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Nov 28, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson (black trunks) exits the ring after his split draw against Roy Jones, Jr. (white trunks) during a heavyweight exhibition boxing bout for the WBC Frontline Belt at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Scarnici/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

This comes because of Mike Tyson saying he wanted to continue fighting after his return against Roy Jones Jr. Briggs jumped at the opportunity and began training for a potential return. He has since called Tyson multiple times; however, he has now shown how desperate he is.

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Mr. ‘Let’s Go Champ’ posted a series of videos on his Instagram over the last two weeks. In one video, he displayed his frustration at training and said, “I suck at this. I don’t know why Mike Tyson won’t fight me. I suck at this sh*t. Look at me. Look at me, I suck at this sh*t man. Why Mike don’t fight me? Why he won’t fight me?”

The ‘Cannon’ then jokingly accused Tyson and Holyfield of hating on him and avoiding him. He said, “They hatin’ on me. I don’t know why they won’t give me a shot.” He then rounded off his frustration saying, “Come on y’all, give me a shot.”

READ: “Boxing Need Me I’m Coming Back”- Shannon Briggs Pledges a Return to Action

Will Mike Tyson fight Shannon Briggs next?

Tyson reiterated his desire to continue fighting in a recent video. He said it would be part of the Legends Only League and even claimed they were looking at Dubai as the location. However, in that video, ‘Iron Mike’ suggested Evander Holyfield would be his opponent.

This will be bad news for Briggs. Holyfield is 58-years-old and Tyson is 54. How much longer they can go on at this age is anyone’s guess. However, if they were to fight, it would be a cracking fight.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 16: Shannon Briggs of the United States takes part in his open work out session at Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf on May 16, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

As his nickname ‘Cannon’ suggests, Briggs was a big-punching heavyweight. Mike Tyson was one of the hardest punchers ever seen in boxing. Even though their power may not be at the level, it was in their hey-day, it would be a fantastic prospect.

Do you think Mike Tyson should take on Shannon Briggs?

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READ: Shannon Briggs Not Going to Let Mike Tyson Beat Him up: “I Gotta Get My S*** Together”

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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