Unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has warned American rival Shannon Briggs off pulling any more stunts as the Ukrainian knuckles down to promoting his upcoming fight with Bryant Jennings.
Klitschko, 38, has been hounded by Brigg over the last few months when participating in defences of his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles against Alex Leapai and Kubrat Pulev and ‘Dr. Steelhammer’ seemingly wants no repeat in the build-up to his next fight.
“Shannon Briggs has stepped over the line in terms of good taste. I want to punish him for his cheekiness and really want to fight him,” Hamburg-based Klitschko told German magazine Sport Bild.
“I understand Briggs. There is a logic to what he does. He wants to promote himself, just like Tyson Fury, David Haye, Manuel Charr and Marco Huck have done, the boys want to draw you into a conversation.
“But no one has done it as well as Shannon Briggs. However, he has overstepped the line, he doesn’t know when to stop and it’s not funny anymore.”
Briggs is currently drumming up support for a possible fight with Klitschko this September in the USA and will surely find it hard to stay away when Klitschko and Jennings go face-to-face at Madison Square Garden in New York at next weeks’ press conference.