Former world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs will look to build on his three straight first round knockouts later this month, when the hard-hitter fights US-based Brazilian Raphael Zumbano Love.
The 42 year-old returned from a four-year absence in April to easily dispose of Maurenzo Smith, Francisco Mireles and Matthew Greer in a grand total of four minutes, and now faces Love, 33, in a bid to record his 55th career win.
Briggs, who is the last American to hold a version of the top division title, is hoping to seal a clash with recent Klitschko opponent Alex Leapai following the Australian’s defeat to the Ukrainian a couple of months ago. Eventually, ‘The Cannon’ wants to negotiate a challenge against the current unified world title holder for himself after months of calling Klitschko out and dogging him to fight.
Opponent Zumbano Love has lost seven of his 42 professional bouts, having also recorded an early finish last time out when demolishing Manoel de Souza in 33 seconds.
More notably, the Las Vegas resident shared the ring with Serbian Jovo Pudar in 2012, but lost out via a unanimous decision and has been on the periphery of the top table all his career.
On paper it should be a straightforward victory for Briggs on June 28th at Remington Park, although this time he may have to go some rounds as Zumbano Love has only been stopped once in the paid ranks.
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